RED BANK: HOT AND/OR GRUMPY COMICS

craig adamCraig Ferguson returns to the Count Basie on Monday night — while Adam Mamawala is Tuesday’s featured performer for this month’s edition of Laugh at Lunch, on campus at Brookdale.  (Ferguson photo by Michael Becker)

One’s a young Jerseyan whose comedy often revolves around his family’s South Asian heritage, and the culture clashes that tend to work their way between the generations. The other’s a Scottish-born veteran whose apparent inability to fully comprehend the American experience (this despite many years as a fixture on our TV screens) forms the delightful basis of his standup craft. Considered together, they’re an evening out/ morning after study in comic contrasts.

While he may have just ended his decade-long run as host of CBS’s Late Late Show — a Peabody Award-winning bully pulpit in which he took the art of the chatfest monologue to places it may never be taken again — Craig Ferguson remains highly visible on the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game, a fitting forum for his absurdist adlibs and “outsider” brand of humor. He’s also making his presence felt on the theater standup circuit once more — and on Monday, February 9, the actor, screenwriter, filmmaker, novelist (and onetime presenter of a UK archaeology series) returns to the Count Basie Theatre for a whistlestop on his “Hot and Grumpy” Tour. It’s a 7:30 pm showtime, for which tickets ($25 – $95) can be reserved right here.

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