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Category: Comedy

Nov.
19th

Comedian Bill Cosby coming to University of Puget Sound in Tacoma

Legendary comedian and actor Bill Cosby will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Memorial Fieldhouse at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. The show is part of the university’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Cosby, 75, rose to fame in the 1960s with his stand-up comedy and the TV series “I Spy.” He went on to produce and star in other television programs, including the NBC hit “The Cosby Show.” He’s been a pitchman for Jell-O Pudding Pops, and he’s written several books. Cosby has won seven Grammy Awards and four Emmys.

Cosby’s contributions to American culture were recognized with

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Oct.
11th

Catch Wayne Brady tonight at the Pantages

If you’re going to comedian Wayne Brady’s show at Tacoma’s Broadway Center tonight, go prepared.

“It’s truly 100 percent off the top of my head. Come with original song titles and an open mind,” Brady said while on a break recording his latest music project.

Already a performance veteran, Brady’s big break came in 1998 when his L.A.-based improv group, The Houseful of Honkeys, caught the attention of a TV producer. “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and lasting stardom followed.

The man with the mile-wide smile just might be the hardest working talent in show business with his comedy tour,

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Sep.
18th

Tyler Perry – fed up with bootleggers and ticket fees – cancels his KeyArena show

Tyler Perry has always done things his way, most noticeably bypassing the Hollywood movie making system. Now, the comedic iconoclast is fighting back against the bloated show ticket system and the internet scalpers who pose as accredited ticket vendors.

On Monday Perry announced he is canceling his Madea Gets A Job tour including an Oct. 25 stop at KeyArena because of “circumstances that I can’t control.”

“Here’s why,” Perry wrote on his website. “I set a ticket price for the show starting at $25. The reason I set the price so low is so that everyone could get

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Aug.
8th

Billy Gardell credits ‘Mike & Molly’ fans for increasing his standup audience

Billy Gardell is performing at the Emerald Queen Casino on Friday. Last week we had a chat about “Mike & Molly,” his stand-up career and more. Here’s the story that will run in GO on Friday.

By Craig Sailor
Staff writer

Billy Gardell has been a working comedian for 25 years but it wasn’t until he was cast in the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” that his star began to shine.

The sitcom is built around two plus-size characters who meet at a Weight Watchers meeting and fall for each other. The third season premieres Sept. 24. Before filming

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June
21st

Steve Smith, Canada’s ‘Red Green,’ coming to Pantages on July 18

You might better know Canadian comedian Steve Smith as his alter ego, “Red Green” – the handyman who has never met a problem that can’t be fixed with duct tape.

Reruns of his wacky comedy show air nightly on Tacoma’s KBTC public television.

He’s now on a North American stand-up comedy tour that’s coming to the Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma on July 18.

I’ll be interviewing the raspy-voiced Red Green next week live from the Possum Lodge and I’m giving you the chance to present him with your household dilemmas, relationship advice or

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June
12th

Broadway Center announces its 2012-13 season

David Sedaris, TEDx, Wayne Brady, Roberta Flack, August Wilson plays, Alfred Hitchcock films and “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” – they are just some of the 40 events in the just announced 2012-13 season at Broadway Center. Theater, dance, comedy, music and films are all represented.

Member tickets and multi-show packages are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale July 16.

The new season begins July 19 with a staged reading of Lanford Wilson’s “Fifth of July” followed on July 29 with Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest, a medley of legendary rockers including the Edgar Winter Band, Johnny

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May
7th

Laugh for the cure on Saturday with a master impersonator

Former Las Vegas performer and current Puyallup resident Larry G Jones is a master of impersonations. He’s also a cancer survivor.

On Saturday he’ll perform in ‘Laugh Towards A Cure’ – a cancer benefit comedy show. Jones sings and acts his way through 75 superstar singers and celebrities in this family-friendly show.

From Cher to Willie Nelson to Sammy Davis, Jr. he covers an astonishing variety of performers in his one-man “Legendary Voices in Concert.” The 90-minute show will be held in the 300-seat indoor theater at Meridian Habitat Park.

Jones had his own show for 10 years in

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March
26th

Jeff Dunham will perform at Puyallup Fair

Comedic ventriloquist Jeff Dunham had barely left Tacoma last weekend before he booked a return trip to Pierce County. Dunham will perform at the Puyallup Fair on September 20.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Dunham and his cast of characters remain enormously popular. His show last weekend at the Tacoma Dome was sold out weeks in advance. So, don’t delay getting your tickets for the fair show.

Dunham, along with Walter, Peanut and Achmed, have sold millions of DVDs, had their You Tube videos viewed half a billion times and produced several highly rated TV

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