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Whoopi Goldberg at Long Center- 5/18

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At 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, comedienne Whoopi Goldberg will perform at The Long Center for the Performing Arts for an 80 minute set.

Whether you knew her as Sister Mary Clarence, Ted Danson’s temporary squeeze or the center square in Hollywood Squares, Whoopi Goldberg has came a long way from her funeral parlor days as Caryn Elaine Johnson, the corpse makeup artist.

Goldberg’s dreadlocks and wire-rimmed glasses became her trademark as she stormed into Hollywood in the 80s and early 90s with dramas and comedies such as The Color Purple, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Sister Act and Ghost. She later took many lead roles such as Edwina Franklin in Eddie and supporting roles such as Delilah Abraham in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, as well as lent her voice to animated films such as The Pagemaster and Captain Planet and The Planeteers. Whoopi is one of only four actresses who has won an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy award and now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a seat as a host on the talk show, The View.

Aside from all of her success as an actress and television personality, Goldberg has also been a part of Comic Relief USA since the late 80s to help raise funds for those in need such as the homeless. The events are typically televised via HBO and bring awareness to real-life problems concerning the homeless with standup and sketch comedy, speeches, live music and impressions. Goldberg has developed her skills by working with many improv groups such as Spontaneous Combustion, consequently making her one of the best.

Surely that résumé is enough to convince you to buy tickets or click ‘I like it’ on Do512 for your chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to this rare performance from one truly hilarious and talented entertainer.

 

via Courtney Goforth

What Do You Call A Hilarious Indian From Canada? Russell Peters

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Russell Peters is just plain funny. In a time where news anchors are so worried about being politically correct that they call white people Caucasian-Americans, it takes a Canadian of Indian heritage to drill down to the core of this absurdity and turn it into a stand-up comedy act that sells out a basketball arena twice.  Comedy in its purest form is an insightful and quirky view of the true. Comedians have a way of transcending racial stereotypes and making us look at the silly invisible social codes and stereotypes all around us.  Few comedians understand this more fully than Russell Peters. No ethnicity is safe in Peter’s racially based comedy act, so come prepared to have a healthy laugh at your own expense.

This is not to say Russell Peters is the first comedian to use race as the crux for his jokes, or even the first one to do it well. Peters sets himself apart because his brand of humor is so light-hearted and accessible. Everyone can have a laugh at a well-done accent of a Chinese man haggling over the price an electronic, a white guy talking about his 401K,  or just Canadians in general. Rarely does he swear or rely on “shock humor” to get a rise out of the audience. His jokes are just funny, plain and simple.

Paramount Theater is a spectacular venue for stand-up comedy, having hosted Lewis C.K., Mike Epps, and even the elusive Dave Chappelle this past year. Peters will be performing at the Paramount here in Austin on Wednesday February 13th and the show is almost guaranteed to sell out, so get your tickets ASAP!

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is back!

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Doris.
Doris who?
Doris locked, that’s why I’m knocking!

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
THE OUT OF BOUNDS COMEDY FESTIVAL.

That’s right. The Austin Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is back and ready to have you leaving in tears with abs of steel…from laughing so hard, of course.

The Out of Bounds Comedy festival is seven days of live jokes, comedy, improv, and sketches performed by comedians from all over the globe! The festival will consist of over 500 performers, so put your giggle pants on and celebrate the festival in it’s 11th year.

The festival was founded in 2002 by Well Hung Jury’s Jeremy Lamb as a way to bring performers from all over Texas to enjoy the comedy scene that our very own city of Austin has to offer. It began being only a couple days long, and has now expanded to a week with performers from across the globe!

Performers include Tears but Joy,  The Cubbies, You’re Not My Real Dad, and SO MANY MORE! Comedians will be showcased at multiple venues throughout Austin including The Velveeta Room, The Institution TheatreThe New Movement, and more!

If you have a sense of humor (or don’t, because it’ll be hilarious), there’s no reason to miss out on this reason to laugh. So, buy your tickets and get ready to laugh until your sides ache!

Oh, and…how do you get a peanut to laugh?
You crack it up!

…for the record, yes, that was a Laffy Taffy joke, but I know you at least chuckled. For quality jokes, head to the festival August 28th – September 3rd!

Joel McHale @The Long Center 05/19/12

I kind of have a thing for men with strawberry blonde hair and comedians. So, to say that Joel McHale is my dream man is an understatement. I may have shed a tear of excitement when I saw he would be performing in Austin on May 19th at The Long Center. What can I say? I am a sucker for sarcasm. While he might not be your definition of a dreamboat, he is without a doubt an amazing comedian.

You may know him from his hosting gig on E! or his staring role on NBC’s Community, and if you don’t, shame on you! There’s much more to Joel than his mischievous smile and sense of humor. He also happens to be a husband and father (to my dismay), making him a pretty average guy, yet with the ability to give you a laughing cramp. You know kind – where you can’t catch your breath and your abs start to ache. So, if you’re a huge fan or just looking for a good laugh in a Saturday night, make sure to check out Joel McHale on May 19th at The Long Center. Click here to buy tickets in advance or here for a chance to one of two pairs of tickets!

Kevin James is Coming to the Paramount in March

Need some laughs to get you through the recent overcast weather?  Funnyman Kevin James will be stopping by the Paramount Theatre on Friday, March 30 to deliver his signature brand of humor.  Best known for his role in the long-running television sitcom King of Queens, as well as films Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Grown Ups, James has been doing stand up for over 15 years.  Starting his comedy career in the Long Island scene, he made the transition to television in 1996 after being discovered at the Montreal Comedy Festival. The Paramount gig will guarantee to bring the lulz.  Click “I Like It” on Do512 for a chance to win a free pair of tickets!