Comedian George Wallace testifies in no laughing manner


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Comedian George Wallace testifies in no laughing manner

By Kean Bauman. CREATED Mar 28, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- World famous comedian George Wallace was back on the stand Friday testifying in his lawsuit against a Las Vegas casino.

Wallace is suing the Bellagio over a ruptured Achilles tendon, an injury he said happened while performing at the resort for a private event in December 2007.

Wallace testified that about 10 to 15 minutes into his act something went wrong, "And as I'm walking across the stage, all of a sudden, I thought I was electrocuted."

Wallace said his foot was tangled up in something and he tried to get out of it. That something turned out to be electrical wires on stage that his attorneys said were not properly secured.

"Wait. Whoa. I can't walk here. This is different. And I said, 'I can't walk,'" Wallace told the jury.

Despite being in pain and unsure of what was going on, Wallace said the show must go on, "I'm still telling jokes and I'm thinking through my head I need some support. Let me get back over to the podium."

On Thursday jurors saw a video of Wallace's regular 10 p.m. performance at the Tropicana from the night before his alleged injury. This video shows Wallace on his feet the entire show, dancing at times and reaching out to shake hands with his audience.

Wallace said he needed help off the stage at the Bellagio when he finished that show.

"'Hey I call you guys up here to help me off. I'm hurt. I'm really hurt.' You know comedians, they always think you're joking. But at this one time I wasn't joking."

On Friday jurors saw video of his 10 p.m. show which started about 30 minutes after he said he struggled off the Bellagio stage. By contrast Wallace performed most of that entire act from an office chair.

As for the Bellagio, MGM International released a statement stating, "We will be presenting our case after Mr. Wallace's attorneys finish presenting his case."