Veteran comic Louie Anderson to perform Wiseguys set

Published June 26, 2012 1:05 pm

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Louie Anderson, the veteran comic and Las Vegas draw, remembered the first time he performed stand-up in Utah. The venue was the basement of a shop calling The Rolling Scone in Provo, and he thought to himself, "These people are so happy." But then he realized that it was probably because he was clean. In a phone interview, Anderson said that he always strove to write material that the whole family could listen to together — something that his famously dysfunctional family never did. "Comedy is a way to make it right," he said. Anderson said his first appearance on Johnny Carson's late-night show was the equivalent today of winning "American Idol," and as soon as he was done with the brief bit on TV, his income shot up from $100 a week to a $1,000 a night. "Ultimately, I enjoy stand-up with gratitude," he said.

When • Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Where • Wiseguys West Valley City, 2194 W. 3500 South, West Valley City

Tickets • $25 at http://www.wiseguyscomedy.com