Louie Anderson

Moonlights in A.C. The comic takes a break from a steady Vegas gig to show Atlantic City some love

By Michael Pritchard
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Of course, no matter how many times Anderson died on stage early on, it rarely had the ramifications of an Internet hoax a few years ago that said he had literally died.

“The New York Times actually called me about that,” he says. “You know, if I had died. I said, ‘I don’t think so. Let me check.’ It was so weird. People would run into me and say, ‘Oh I thought you were dead.’ And I would once again do that same joke, because it always worked.

At Trump Plaza, Anderson says his routine will cover the end of the holidays and New Year’s resolutions. But as always, he’ll draw from his family experience.

“The whole idea of my family is that I had an alcoholic father and a really protective mother and there were 11 kids so it was always a very chaotic and rough childhood,” Anderson says. “But I tried to find some good in it and some humor. And talk about experiences that would make it a little less threatening to people.

“For instance I would say that my father never hit us, he carried a gun,” he says. “I soften it and try to make the joke palatable. You know, my dad smoked; he drank. At 79 we finally had to kill him. My mom ate every piece of butter in the Midwest, but she still lived to 77. God rest her soul. So I try to take all those experiences and find what was underneath them. Because with all those things, if you don’t find what’s underneath them, you won’t survive them.”

And for the moment, Louie Anderson is surviving just fine.

Louie Anderson
Where: Theatre at Trump Plaza
When: Saturday, Jan. 16, 9pm
How Much: $35

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