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March 27, 2010

Comedian Harland Williams coming to Paramount

Actor to try new type of show in Anderson venue

LOS ANGELES — Canadian Harland Williams was enjoying winter in Southern California.

“It’s beautiful out,” said Williams, 47, familiar from roles in films like “Dumb & Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.”

“A bit cold, but is 65 cold? I’ll take this cold any day, thank you.”

Williams, whose Indiana performances have been exclusive to Crackers in Broad Ripple, will take the stage at the Paramount on Friday, April 2.

Williams, who says he loves Crackers, needed a larger platform for the new second half of his show.

“The first half of my show is going to be my standup,” Williams said. “The second half is going to be sketch comedy and improv. We needed a bigger venue for that.”

His stage show, to hear him tell it, is family-friendly, with a hint of innuendo.

“I try to keep my comedy really silly and bizarre and fun, to take people out of the everyday. Even though you’re seeing me, it’s almost like theater for the mind.

“I try to keep it thought-provoking and clever on one level, but I like it to be physical, improvisational, kind of ‘expect the unexpected.’ Half the time, I don’t even know what I’m going to do next.”

Comedy was an unusual destiny for Williams. Born in Toronto, he held several jobs before performing. While in college, he worked as a forest ranger, where one of his skills was, and we quote, “tracking scat.” That is, reading the trails by what animals have left behind.

That was just before, the timeline continues, Williams left to pursue a career in standup comedy in Los Angeles.

In other words, he knows crap when he sees it.

“I actually do,” Williams laughed. “I know moose poo and deer poo, porcupine poo. I can identify lot of animal poo. I should put that on my résumé.”

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