Goldthwait, Walker coming to Hagerstown

April 08, 1998|By TERI JOHNSON

Comedians Bobcat Goldthwait and Jimmie "J.J." Walker will leave audiences howling Friday, April 10, at Ramada Inn Convention Center Ballroom, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the local group Ted & Tom will perform classic rock at 7 p.m. The comedy show begins at about 9 p.m.

Walker performed at the Ramada Aug. 21 and was a hit with the audience, says Kevin Moats, club manager for Ramada Inn.

"Everyone enjoyed him so much, and I told him I'd like to get him back. This way you're getting three shows for the price of one," Moats says.


The Ramada also presents comedy performances every other Thursday, Moats says. The next one is scheduled for April 16.

The acts include nationally known comedians who have performed at places such as The Improv, on "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night With David Letterman," Moats says.

Performances usually draw 75 to 200 people, Moats says.

Goldthwait, known for his trademark growls and shrieks, is the voice of Mr. Floppy the puppet on the WB series "Unhappily Ever After" and Moxie on the Cartoon Network.

He did the voice of Pain in the Disney film "Hercules" and has played himself in cartoon form on MTV's "Beavis and Butt-head" and "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist."

Goldthwait, 35, is co-producing a variety show for the FX Channel, scheduled to premiere June 1.

Goldthwait's first film role was as a gang leader in "Police Academy 2," and he also appeared in "Police Academy 3" and "Police Academy 4." His other movie credits include "Scrooged" and "Radioland Murders," and he wrote, directed and starred in "Shakes the Clown," a dark comedy about rival clown factions. He has hosted several HBO specials.

Walker, 50, starred as "J.J." on the comedy series "Good Times" for six years.

Walker, who made "Dyn-o-mite!" a household word in the '70s, was named Comedian of the Decade by Time Magazine. He also recorded a comedy album, "Dyn-o-mite!"

When "Good Times" ended in 1979, Aaron Spelling offered him a starring role in the series "B.A.D. Cats" and, in 1983, cast him again in the series "At Ease."

The native of South Bronx, N.Y., tours 25 to 30 weeks a year doing stand-up comedy. He also performs on late-night television and game shows and writes scripts for television and movies. He does at least one Showtime comedy special a year.

Goldthwait, Walker ticket info

When: Friday, April 10, at about 9 p.m.

Where: Ramada Inn Convention Center Ballroom, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown

Details: Ted & Tom will perform classic rock at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets: $27.50 for VIP seating, $16.50 for general admission

For information: Call 301-745-3021.

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