10 giants of comedy coming to the Detroit region
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11/22 at the Colosseum – Caesars, Windsor
Scottish talk show host Ferguson is funny on TV, but when freed from the shackles of decency rules, he can be hilarious. The guy’s an oddball, and well worth seeing. Fave quote: “I'm reading a book, because I'm brainy. No, it is a book - if you don't know, it is like a blog except bigger.”
The Dan Band
12/13 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak
Dan Finnerty’s Dan Band is known for over-the-top performances of pop songs by female artists. Who can forget the performance of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in Old School?
12/6 at the Magic Bag, Ferndale
Gottfried is more than a silly voice and the former Aflac duck, y’know. The man has managed to offend just about everybody, never shying away from 9/11 and tsunami humor. He’s a ballsy mofo, but did you know that he once starred as Nick-Nack on the TV show Superboy? Fave quote: “I just don't accept midgets as human beings. There's only so much political correctness I can accept.”
2/21 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak
The stars of TruTV’s hidden camera show will be in Royal Oak, probably making fun of as many people as possible. Sounds like a blast.
1/22 at the Colosseum – Caesars, Windsor
Big, brash and bawdy, Pinette has been playing the comedy club circuit since the ’80s and is now getting some big time national recognition. The Boston man does impressions (don’t let that put you off), but he’s funniest when he just lets loose. Fave quote: “She wanted me to have salad as the food! No! Salad isn't food. Salad comes with the food. Salad is a promissory note that something good is going to happen... and I should just wait right here.”
11/30 at the Fox Theatre, Detroit
Epps was Black Doug in The Hangover, but his pro comedy career began in ’95 when he joined the Def Comedy Jam tour. We love the fact that he once said, “I would love to play Magnum P.I.”
2/21 at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
Best known for his part in the Blue Collar Comedy tours alongside the likes of Larry the Cable Guy, White once said, “I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.”
11/16 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak
Sarah Silverman has the gift of being able to make anything funny. Her repertoire is packed with everything from rape gags to Holocaust humor, and she gets away with it because she plays the role of the naïve, cutesy dumbass. Like, “this terrible thing happened. What? Is that bad?” More than anything though, she escapes mass chastising because she’s really, really funny. Silverman stands as proof that the approach and delivery, not the subject matter, is the most important thing. “Some people say my humor focuses too much on stereotypes,” she once said. “It doesn't. It focuses on facts.” Fair enough.
1/30 at Soundboard - Motor City Casino Hotel, Detroit
Kinda like an ornery Adam Sandler, Carolla has said some pretty controversial things in the past, leading to accusations of homophobia and sexism. As he says though, “I’m a comedian not a politician.” His movie The Hammer is awesome. Fave quote: “I don't think I've ever seen pie advertised. That's how you know it's good. They advertise ice cream and other desserts. They advertise the bejeezus out of yogurt, but I haven't seen one pie commercial.”
Cedric the Entertainer
11/21 at Soundboard - Motor City Casino Hotel, Detroit
When he’s not appearing in movies like Larry Crowne and Ice Age, Cedric the Entertainer is living up to his name on stages up and down the country. Fave quote: “Never in life do you hear about a large group of black people getting killed altogether. 'Cuz we run. We run when we see somebody else runnin'. We don't ask no questions why we runnin', we don't need no run coordinator to get the runnin' all organized. If I'm with you, and you start runnin'...dammit, I'ma start runnin'!”