Comedy vet, former sitcom star comes to capital city

Fairbanks comedian Glenner to open for TV veteran Tom Rhodes

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002

Comedian Tom Rhodes, veteran of stand-up and television comedy, comes to Juneau for a show Friday, April 26, at Marlintini's Lounge.

Rhodes starred in the 1996 NBC sitcom, "Mr. Rhodes," a show about a novelist who takes a teaching job at an uptight prep school. He's been a professional comedian since 1984 and appeared on "The Tonight Show," "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn," "Politically Incorrect," "Evening at the Improv" and "Caroline's Comedy Hour." He's also been featured in specials on Comedy Central and MTV.

Born in Florida on Valentine's Day in 1967, Rhodes began doing stand-up comedy at age 17. Since the early 1990s he's combined live stand-up work in clubs with television and film work. He recently collaborated with San Francisco-based independent filmmaker Gary Smithson on a documentary on the evolution of a stand-up comedian, a film called "Living the Funny," which focused on Rhodes' life and career.

Rhodes works extensively in Europe. He is living part-time in Amsterdam and hosts a chat show on Dutch television. He continues to tour and perform in the United States.

This winter Fairbanks-based promoter Jerry Evans brought a series of nationally known comedians to tour Alaska. Stand-up comedians have performed about once a month at Marlintini's as part of Evans' tours. Rhodes wraps up the series for this season, but Evans said he plans to resume the series in the fall.

"It's hard to get people inside in the summer," he said.

Fairbanks comedian Glenner, also known as Glen Anderson, will join Rhodes as the opening act for this Alaska tour. They perform in Anchorage on April 25, then Juneau, Ketchikan and the Fairbanks area.

Anderson performs stand-up comedy in Fairbanks and Anchorage, and hosts a morning radio show in Fairbanks.

"His stand-up comedy is good. He does Alaska comedy - dog mushing, hunting, Alaska weather, stuff people here can relate to," Evans said. "In my mind he's the funniest stand-up comedian in the state."

Anderson takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at Marlintini's. Rhodes will follow. Tickets are $12.

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