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15 Damn Interesting Facts About Vegas Vacation

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Pack your bags for a Las Vegas family vacation with the Griswolds—and don’t forget these 15 little-known facts!

1. Vegas Vacation is the fourth movie in the Griswold’s series of vacations, but it isn’t technically the last.

A made-for-TV sequel to Christmas Vacation, titled National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure, was made in 2003 and features the character Audrey Griswold.


2. Vegas Vacation is the first Vacation movie not written by John Hughes.

It’s also the first in the series to lose the “National Lampoon’s” moniker.


3. This film marks the fourth time that the Griswold kids, Audrey and Rusty, were recast.

In the four movies, Rusty and Audrey have been played by Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron; Jason Lively and Dana Hill; Johnny Galecki and Juliette Lewis; and Ethan Embry and Marisol Nichols. Barron reprised her role as Audrey in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure.


4. Comedy legend Sid Caesar makes his last on-screen appearance in a theatrically released film in Vegas Vacation.

He plays Mr. Ellis, the character at the Keno game at the end of the movie.


5. 1992 Playboy Playmate of the Year Corinna Harney is one of the women Clark hits on at the blackjack table.

Vegas Vacation was her first theatrically released film appearance.


6. Vegas Vacation is the first Vacation movie to be rated PG.

The rest of the movies in the series are either rated R or PG-13.


7. Vegas Vacation is the lowest grossing movie in the Vacation franchise.

It had a theatrical gross of $36,400,360. Christmas Vacation is the highest grossing installment with $71,319,526.


8. Jilly from Philly is played by the film’s producer, Jerry Weintraub.

9. Weintraub’s connections helped him shoot in one Vegas’s swankiest hotels.

The production was granted access to the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas because Weintraub was close friends with Steve Wynn, the billionaire who owned the Mirage at the time.


10. Fans of classic Nickelodeon might recognize the fake I.D. salesman and Frank Sinatra impersonator.

He’s played by Toby Huss, aka Artie the Strongest Man in the World from The Adventures of Pete & Pete.


11. Wayne Newton’s house in the movie is actually Wayne Newton’s house in real life.

Called “Casa de Shenandoah,” the property went up for auction in 2013 for $70 million.


12. The cast boasts more than one Saturday Night Live alum.

The reception desk employee at the Mirage is played by Julia Sweeney, who appeared on Saturday Night Live from 1990-1994. Chevy Chase famously appeared in the original SNL cast from 1975-1976.


13. This is the third Vacation movie to incorporate Lindsay Buckingham’s song “Holiday Road.”

It was left out of Christmas Vacation.


14. Clark plays a number of fake games with Uncle Eddie at the rundown casino.

Pick a Number Between 1-10; Coin Toss; War; Rock, Paper, Scissors; and Guess Which Hand were all made up. Only a version of War is played in actual casinos.


15. The sign at the end of the movie says Chicago is 1,880 miles from Las Vegas.

In fact, Chicago is only a little over 1,700 miles from Las Vegas.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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