Leaving robots for the road

Comedy Central comic brings his humor to Alaska

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2001

Comedian Bil Dwyer never envisioned that his career would give him a turn as a robot wrestling announcer.

The hosts of "Battlebots" on Comedy Central, Dwyer and Sean Salisbury, keep fans apprised as the mechanical neo-gladiators battle to their robotic deaths. A veteran stand-up comedian, Dwyer leaves the robots behind in Los Angeles this month for a trip to Alaska.

Dwyer appears at 8 p.m. Friday at Marlintini's Lounge. Comedian Jerry Evans of Fairbanks will open the show.

Evans runs the production company Comedy North. He said he's brought about 10 comedians to Alaska every year for the past six years. He is expanding his circle to include Juneau, and last month he and Todd Glass performed at Marlintini's.

"It's fun to hand-pick some of the best we've had here and bring them down there," he said. "That's definitely the case with Bil; he's high-caliber."

Dwyer starred in his own Comedy Central special last month. He has appeared in three films, most recently "What Planet are You From," and he's been a guest on almost a dozen television programs, including "Ally McBeal" and "The Larry Sanders Show."

Dwyer's stand-up comedy does not involve a specific shtick. He's written material for a variety of shows and works steadily as a stand-up performer at clubs and comedy venues in Los Angeles.

Tickets to Friday's show are $12, available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

Riley Woodford can be reached at rileyw@juneauempire.com.

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