Comedians are supposed to deliver punchlines, not become them. But Howie Mandel has withstood plenty of paradox. For the past thirty years, the Canadian funnyman has been renowned as a dramatic actor (in his breakout role on NBC's St. Elsewhere); an Emmy-nominated creator of the kids' show Bobby's World; and a standup comic infamous for eye-popping zaniness and inflated rubber gloves. The gloves, it turns out, were no accident: The mysophobic Mandel fears germs so severely, he won't shake hands or use public restrooms. But besides providing fodder for TMZ, Mandel has proven himself a resilient and, yes, loveable personality, one whose stint as the host of the revived Deal or No Deal has been massively successful. He has always seemed comfortable in his own skin, and his ability to laugh at his condition and image is a reminder that he's long been a nervy, inventive and top-notch comedian.
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Mandel is taking it to the stage tonight and tomorrow at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. at Comedy Works' Greenwood Village location, 5345 Landmark Place. Admission to the 21+ events is $45 for Thursday's 9:30 show, $65 for all others, with a minimum purchase of two food or drink items per person. For tickets and info, call 720-274-6800 or visit www.comedyworks.com.
Thu., March 4, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri., March 5, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2010