By Tashina Tappin
Television personalities Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner will be performing at the Tilles Center on Thursday, Oct. 26. Be prepared to have a night full of laughs with the “queen of snappy one-liners” and the co-star brother from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Together for one night, these to comics pack a mean set of laughs. Musical group Alibi will open the night with a pre-show concert in the Tilles atrium. The band has a New Orleans style of music that pulls from different genres such as rock, pop, jazz and swing to create their own unique sound.
Brad Garrett has won three Emmy awards and a Screen Actors Guild award for his role in “Everybody Loves Raymond” as the lovable brother Robert. Garrett’s widely-recognizable voice can be heard in over thirty animated movies including “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille” and “A Bug’s Life.” His stand-up career has spanned over thirty years; he was one of the youngest comics to appear in “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and has performed on Broadway. Recently he opened his own comedy club at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“With all that’s going on in society, it’s nice to come together to share a laugh,” director of communications and engagement at the Tilles Center, Shari Linker, said.
Rita Rudner had a different rise to fame. At fteen years old she moved to New York to dance on Broadway, and she has appeared in several musicals including original productions of “Follies”. She developed her trademark style of punch lines in the early eighties. And she was a frequent guest on both “The Late Night with Letterman” and “The Tonight Show.” Her first HBO special, “Rita Rudner One Night Stand,” was nominated for several awards.
“I would definitely be interested in going. Comedy is one of my favorite genres,” Ilana Leviton, junior psychology major, said. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., with discount tickets available to both staff and students.