LAS VEGAS - Singer Wayne Newton will receive the Bob Hope lifetime service award at the upcoming Las Vegas Comedy Festival for his efforts entertaining U.S. military personnel.
The festival will run Oct. 29-Nov. 2 at the Stardust Resort and Casino, where Newton is the resident headliner. The Smothers Brothers, the Improv's Budd Friedman and comedian Rita Rudner also will be honored.
Newton took over Hope's USO duties two years ago as celebrity figurehead on tours.
"Wayne Newton has brought a lot of smiles and laughter to Las Vegas for the last 40 years. It's great he's being honored for his work entertaining our troops overseas. I'm sure Bob Hope would be smiling knowing his legacy continues," Stardust spokesman Rob Stillwell said Wednesday.
Tom and Dick Smothers will receive a career achievement award, Friedman will be honored with the Steve Allen Pioneer of Comedy Award and Rudner, a headliner at the Strip's New York-New York gambling resort, will receive the comedian of the year award, presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.