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For Immediate Release: January 13, 2012


Sarasota, FL: High-spirited Tim Conway takes the Van Wezel stage Sun. Jan. 22 @ 7 PM with humorist friends Chuck McCann and Louise DuArt.

To his peers, Tim Conway is “the comedian’s comedian.” Audiences, on the other hand, simply consider him one of the funniest men in show business. Acclaimed for his inventive, often improvised style and razor-sharp timing, Conway is most recognized from his 11 years co-starring on TV’s classic Carol Burnett Show, which garnered him five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Tim makes frequent primetime television appearances on sitcoms such as 30 Rock and Yes, Dear and is a regular on Living The Life on ABC Family Channel. His movie career has included starring roles in The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The Shaggy D.A., Dear God and The World’s Greatest Athlete, as well as appearances in Speed 2, The Billion Dollar Hobo and The Prize Fighter. He also wrote and starred in They Went That-A- Way and That-A-Way and The Long Shot. Additionally, he has done extensive voice-over work for such popular animated programs as Sponge Bob Square Pants, and has also released DVDs, Together Again and Thou Shalt Laugh. He has produced and starred in six productions as his iconic character ‘Dorf’, with two of these productions reaching Platinum DVD sales levels.

Tim Conway & Friends is a 90-minute show with no intermission featuring stand-up comedy and sketch comedy, and includes the classic sketches that Tim has made famous throughout his career. Joining Conway are Chuck McCann and Louise DuArt. Chuck is responsible for 1960’s children’s programs and sketch comedy shows including The Puppet Hotel, Let's Have Fun, The Great Bombo’s Magic Cartoon Circus, Chuck McCann’s Laurel & Hardy Show, and The Chuck McCann Show. He became most of the villains to meet their match in Bob Kane’s Cool McCool series. On television he has appeared on everything from The Bob Newhart Show to Bonanza to Barney in Saturday morning sit-com Far Out Space Nuts. More recent television credits include Knots Landing, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Boston Legal, and in voice-overs on Fantastic Four, Power Puff Girls, and Ducktales. He was “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” when he created the character of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird and Gramps for General Mills and, of course, seen as the “Hi Guy” neighbor in the famous series of Right Guard commercials. Chuck's commercials have won 5 Cleo Awards, and he even beat out Michael Jackson's Pepsi commercial-- as the Hunchback of Notre Dame in a Dr. Pepper Commercial. Chuck’s film appearances include The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, The Projectionist, and The Aristocrats documentary.

Louise DuArt, often called one of the world's greatest comedic-impressionists, continues to astonish critics and audiences alike with her dead-on impressions of America's most famous people. With a unique talent for replicating celebrities in fun-loving style, Louise can carry-on animated fast-moving conversations between Joan Rivers, Edith Bunker, Barbra Streisand, Barbara Walters, Whoopie Goldberg, Judge Judy, and a few dozen others, all at the same time. As her husband says, "I never know who I'm waking up next to."

Ticket prices range from $30-$68. For more information and to buy tickets, contact the Van Wezel Box office at (941) 953-3368 or log onto Part of the Herald Tribune Media Groups Comedy Series



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