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November 23, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

This fall snow won’t be the only thing filling the air. You will also be hearing a lot of laughter. Nebraska’s many entertainment venues have created the perfect comedy storm this fall with performances from some of the best in the world of comedy making appearances throughout the state.

This first and probably most famous comedian on the list is a performance by Nebraska’s own Larry the Gable Guy on November 15 at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha. Larry the Cable Guy is a multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy® nominee and one of the top comedians in the country. Born in Pawnee City, Nebraska, Larry the Cable Guy’s humorous observations and celebration of the workingman keep fans coming back. Dressed in his trademark sleeveless flannel shirt, jeans and camouflage baseball cap, Larry jokes about everything from the Dollar Store to global warming. Many people know Larry best for being part of the highly successful concert Blue Collar Comedy Tour. If you haven’t already seen Larry… Git-R-Done!

Also on November 15, the Lied Center for Performing Arts will be presenting Jim Belushi & The Chicago Comedy Board. An alumnus of Saturday Night Live and Chicago’s famed Second City, Jim Belushi brings to the stage an improvised comedy sketch show featuring Chicago Board of Comedy members Larry Joe Campbell, Jon Barinholtz and Brad Morris. This should be a hilarious evening of improv with a comedy legend.

November 22, Emmy & Grammy-nominated comedian and actress, Margaret Cho is set to perform at The Rococo Theatre in Lincoln. She will be featuring her new stand-up comedy show called MOTHER. MOTHER is a complicated and completely original take on sex, politics, drugs, guns, identity and madness, proving time and time again that boundaries uncrossed are meaningless. The cornerstone of MOTHER revolves around Cho’s long-suffering Korean mom.

For an equally funny show in a more casual venue, visit Omaha’s Funny Bone Comedy Club on November 22 or 23rd to catch Kevin Nealon. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds. On the big screen, Kevin starred alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in 2011 hit Just Go with It.

The comedy will continue to roll on after Thanksgiving. On December 6, Drew Carey, stand-up comic turned actor and producer will be performing at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln. Carey had the distinction of having two hit shows simultaneously: “The Drew Carey Show,” and the improv/sketch show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on which he was host and a producer. The success of that show led to the creation of “Drew Carey’s Improv All-Stars,” an improv troupe that performs in showrooms across the country.

Norfolk Nebraska has a dog in this hunt too, with a December 14 performance of the Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Comedy Show at the DeVent Center. Made famous by Whose Line Is It Anyway?, this “Two Man Group”, uses their razor sharp wit and amazing improv skills, taking contributions for the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Be prepared because this show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate.

Nebraska Tourism Commission Director Kathy McKillip commented, “Nebraska is really becoming a great place for comedy, which seems like a natural fit considering some of the best comedians of our time have come from Nebraska, including Johnny Carson and Larry the Cable Guy. We hope that Nebraskan’s and visitors to the state will make plans to see some or all of these great shows.”

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