Michael Johns Haute Secrets Q & A

Jun 1st, 2011 | Category: Interviews

When you grow up known as the class clown, chances are you’ll end up working in comedy as a grown up. Michael Johns to a circuitous path to becoming one of the stars of Hypnosis Unleashed, the longest running hypnosis show in Las Vegas. He served in the U.S. Army, owned a music store, traveled with a German construction company and tended bar before he volunteered for a hypnosis show one night. Two hours later he was hooked and decided to incorporate hypnosis into his comedy act. Now he travels the world with his show, landing on cruise ships, casinos and colleges when he’s not performing at the Harmon Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort. He also has a soft spot in his heart for dogs, and spends much of his free time rescuing pooches from kill shelters through Bound Angels and Pet Connect Us, including his lovable pal Bongo, a Jack Russell terrier. Find out Michael Johns’ favorite places in Las Vegas in our latest Haute Secrets.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN: Iowa

HOW LONG IN LAS VEGAS: Almost 10 years.

NEIGHBORHOOD: South Las Vegas soon to be Anthem area.

OCCUPATION: Professional entertainer, star of Hypnosis Unleashed

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Paymons Mediterranean Cafe and Lounge

BEST STEAKHOUSE: I love Charlie Palmers.

BEST SUSHI: Never been a huge fan…If I had to pick one, would say Sushi Mon on Silverado Ranch Boulevard and Maryland Parkway.

BEST ETHNIC FOOD: Definitely Greek!

BEST ITALIAN: Casa di Amore

BEST PIZZA: Got to be the Rosati’s Pizza around the corner or Grimaldi’s Pizzaria.

BEST LUNCH: Any place inside the Forum Shops at Caesars or the Terrace at Four Seasons.

BEST PLACE FOR LATE NIGHT DINING: I try not to eat too late. If I do, the Cafe at South Point has an amazing selection. Thank you for blackjack comps!

BEST DESSERT: Don’t eat it.

BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DATE: Wow! How depressing is this? It’s been so long since I’ve been on a date, I can’t think of anything!

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH: No Idea…brunch happens long before I get out of bed on Sunday.

HAUTEST CLUB/LOUNGE: Not really a club guy. Used to hang at Tao or Jet.

BEST PLACE FOR A POWER BUSINESS MEETING: Got to go with the Forum Shops at Caesars again! Good energy and great place to be seen.

IF YOU HAVE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS, WHICH HOTEL WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? I love the Bellagio. Such a classy place! Have been in The Cosmopolitan a couple of times. Gorgeous hotel! Probably one of those two!

FAVORITE SHOPPING VENUE/BOUTIQUE: For casual wear it’s gotta be Jacobi’s Couture on Eastern Avenue. Very cool, hip little place. The owners know exactly what I want. For more upscale, love me some Zegna, Versace and Hugo Boss.

BEST PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY/WATCHES: Not a big jewelry guy. Bought a Rolex that I never wear.

BEST GYM/ATHLETIC FACILITY: Don’t work out. Prefer to run around the dog park with my little guy Bongo.

BEST MASSAGE: No clue

BEST LIMOUSINE/DRIVING SERVICE: Prefer to drive myself. If I need a limo, I call my buddy Brett and use one of his.

FAVORITE CHARITY EVENT: Anything that helps animals! I regularly support the ASPCA, Bound Angels and Pet Connect Us.

BEST ASPECT OF LAS VEGAS: There is always something happening here! No matter what you want, you can find it in Vegas. Traveling around the world with my career, I’m often reminded how hard it is to find things that we take for granted here!

Check out Michael Johns’ favorite haute spots in Las Vegas at Haute Secrets.