Cash-Starved Performers Hit Vegas Streets for Tips [Video]

Vegas Streets
Vegas Streets

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Strip is teeming with Spidermen, Elmos, and Elvises of all waistlines.

Nevada's woeful economy has inspired dozens of jobless and underemployed men and women to dress up like celebrities, movie characters and cartoon heroes in pursuit of a buck. In the past year, fat and fit Elvises, as well as would-be Homer Simpsons, Mad Hatters and Batmen, have set up shop on bustling sidewalks across this city of vice and excess, offering tourists the chance to pose for a snapshot with someone who looks kind of famous.