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    The Comedy News For 01/21/18

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    There Are Always Untapped Comedy Markets

    Comedian Robin Williams recently announced his Weapons of Self Destruction tour will play Australia. This has been a huge year for comedians to tap once nonexistent markets in India and the Middle East. Meanwhile, world records are being set in Europe and Canada, as venues three times the size of Madison Square Gardens are being sold out. So why not add Australia, with its 22 million people, into the mix? But, be careful what you say about those markets you have yet to tap. Earlier this year, Williams joked that Australians were English Rednecks on the Late Show with David Letterman. After the remark, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that Williams should spend a bit of time in Alabama before calling other people rednecks. I love when people overgeneralize to prove that they donít overgeneralize. It's a lot like the guy who says, "I'm racist, I know a black guy."  

    Williams embarks on the Australian leg of his comedy tour this November. He will play venues in Melbourne (November 7th and 8th), Sydney (November 11th and 12th) and Brisbane (November 4th). Williams often frequents Australia to promote his films like Dead Poet's Society and Bicentennial Man. However, he has only rarely performs stand-up there. The Weapons of Self Destruction tour has so far played more than one hundred cities in the United States, Canada and the UK, with tickets frequently selling out in only a matter of minutes. The tour was temporarily postponed in March of last year while Williams underwent heart surgery to receive a transplanted aortic valve from a cow. Tickets go on sale September second through Ticketmaster with prices yet to be announced.

    Posted August 21, 2010 by Shayne Michael under Stand-Up Shows / Accessed 983 times.

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