by Terri D’Richards
Welcome to Louie-ville! ? where down home mid-western comedy is served up in generous helpings by veteran comic Louie Anderson. A decidedly improvisational twist in Anderson?s set lends an air of edgy unpredictability. Yet for all that, the comedian always remains firmly grounded in his roots: Minnesota, growing up in a big family (11 children!) with less than perfect parents and, his struggles with food.
The 100-seat venue provides an appropriately intimate setting for Louie?s low-key, interactive format. Drink prices come in at under Strip price average, and the service is efficient.
Fellow Minnesotan comic Jeff Schoomer provided an aptly toned warm-up set for headliner Anderson. Neither performer relies on foul language or raunchy humor to score laughs ? indeed the 7:00pm all ages show contained audience members as young as 13 laughing right along with those up to over age 60.
A well-produced montage of Anderson?s many highlights on stage, screen and television prefaced his entrance. From that point, Louie served up tasty slices of his time-honored recipes, mixing the abject with the absurd, stirring in the unexpected and turning up the heat on various audience members from time to time. The finished product proved as tasty a confection as any of Anderson?s beloved Butterfingers or Baby Ruths.
Anderson?s career traces all the way back to the early days of the now ubiquitous comedy clubs found in every major (and even not so major) city. Earning the attention of legendary comic, Henny Youngman, lead to a stint as Youngman?s writer, as well as numerous opportunities on stage all over the country, and a spot on ?The Tonight Show?.
Just a few of the many credits Anderson picked up over the years include hosting ?The Family Feud? game show, producing the award-winning autobiographical Saturday morning cartoon series ??Life with Louie? and writing several best-selling books. Today, with over 3 decades on the comedy front lines under his sizable belt, Anderson presides over The Louie Anderson Theater at the Palace Station 4 nights a week (wed-sat), demonstrating his now classic form of self-deprecating, often revealing humor.