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Comedian Louie Anderson


March 9, 2018
7:30 pm


Frauenthal Theater

Tickets: $49, $39, $29

One Night ONLY!

Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the three-time Emmy Award® winner, is

one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy

Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” His

career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling author, star of

his own stand-up specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country

performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

In 2016 Anderson was cast to co-star along with Zach Galifianakis and

Martha Kelly in the hit FX comedy series Baskets. Anderson plays the

extraordinary role of Christine, the matriarch of the Baskets clan. He based

the character on his mother and his five sisters who were all a major

presence in his life. Anderson won an Emmy Award for Outstanding

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Christine Baskets in

2016. “I’m not as nice in the character as my mom was as a person. It

really is an extension of my mom, Anderson says, adding that he always

aims to make his performance “as real as possible” without “affecting or

cartooning it up. It felt like it was divine intervention when I got the call to

be on the show, that somehow my mom, from the great beyond, was finally

getting herself into show business where she truly belonged in the first


Sharing the ups and downs of his childhood experiences as one of eleven

children in Minnesota, Louie crafted comedy routines that rang true for his

early club audiences while reducing them to helpless fits of laughter,

routines that led him from his career as a counselor to troubled children to

the first–place trophy at the 1981 Midwest Comedy Competition. Henny

Youngman, who hosted the competition, recognized the diamond–in–the-

-rough genius of the young comic and hired him as a writer, providing

invaluable experience that soon put Louie in his own spotlight on comedy

stages all over the country. Johnny Carson, the comedy icon for generations

of rising stars, invited Louie to make his national television debut on the

“The Tonight Show” in 1984, and the rest is history. Leno, Letterman, The

Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, “Comic Relief” and Showtime, HBO and

CMT specials followed, including hosting the legendary game show, Family

Feud, making Louie a household name and opening doors for him as an

actor. He has guest starred in sitcoms like “Grace Under Fire” and dramas

like “Touched by an Angel” and “Chicago Hope,” and he has had memorable

featured roles in film comedies like “Coming to America,” opposite of Eddie

Murphy, and the classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” In 2013, he took a dive on

the ABC reality series, “Splash” where he conquered his own fears while

becoming an inspiration of hope. His standup Special, “Big Baby Boomer”

premiered on CMT, in 2013. Also in that year, he competed and inspired on

the ABC reality competition show, Splash.

In 1995 Louie put his creative energies to work on the Saturday morning

animated series “Life with Louie.” The long–running series based on Louie’s

own childhood and his life with his father won three Humanitas Prizes for

writing on a children’s’ animated series, making him the only three–time

recipient of this award. It also earned a Genesis Award for its depiction of

the proper treatment of animals and, most significantly, two Emmy Awards.

His best-selling books include “Dear Dad – Letters From An Adult Child”, a

collection of alternately touching and outrageous letters from Louie to his

late father, and “Good-bye Jumbo…Hello Cruel World”, self-help for those

who struggle with self-esteem issues, and his latest installment on family,

“The F Word, How To Survive Your Family.”

When not in production, Louie continues to tour, traveling the States doing

what Louie loves to do, Stand-Up Comedy. Louie again delivers to his fans

his inimitable brand of humor and warmth