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Queen of popular culture wit coming to Turlock theatre
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Joan Rivers - photo by Photo Contributed

Turlock Community Theatre
• David Sedaris : 7:30 p.m. May 7
• Joan Rivers: 7:30 p.m. May 17
• Tickets: Call box office at 668-1169

Gallo Center for the Arts
• Menopause the Musical: 8 p.m. April 2-3
• The Capitol Steps: 7:30 p.m. May 7
• Jeanne Robertson: 8 p.m. May 17
• Tickets: Call 338-2100 or visit

Attention all Joan Rangers! The trash-talking, red-carpet-watching comedian is coming to the 209. World-renown comedian Joan Rivers will hit the Turlock Community Theatre on May 17 with her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, and her all-time favorite, the awards fashion show.

“Joan Rivers is a crowd favorite within the Turlock community,” said TCM Managing Director Kit Casey.  “We had Joan perform for us two years ago and tickets completely sold out.  She was hysterical and left audiences laughing at the edge of their seat.  She’s the funniest comedian I’ve ever met.”

Rivers is a force of nature and one of the hardest-working entertainers in the world.  Her illustrious career spans more than four decades in the entertainment industry.  She currently appears on E! Entertainment Television hosting the network’s popular “Fashion Police,” covering red carpet style.

“She has so many years of experience under her belt that her material speaks for itself,” said Casey.  “I caution that her performance is for a mature audience only.”

Sedaris also in Turlock

Another comedic phenomenon hitting the stage at the TCM is humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris on May 7.  With his witty attitude and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers.

“Sedaris will be selling his new book, ‘Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls’ and doing a book signing of his new release,” said Casey.

Sedaris is the author of “Barrel Fever” and “Holidays on Ice.”  Sedaris has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album.

“If you haven’t read any of Sedaris’ book I advise you pick one out and see for yourself,” said Casey.  “He is very funny.”

Sedaris will be performing at the TCM at 7:30 p.m. May 7. Joan Rivers will follow up two weeks later, at 7:30 p.m. May 17. For ticket sale information call the Theatre Box Office at 668-1169.

Comedy at Gallo

The Gallo Center for the Arts also has quite the comedic lineup this spring.

“Menopause The Musical,” showing April 2-3, is a hilarious celebration of women and the change. The musical parody is set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

The Capitol Steps, coming to the Gallo on May 7, began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to make fun of the very people and places that employed them, making this satirical troupe the only people in Washington who attempt to be funnier than the politicians. In this act, no cow is sacred and no issue is left untouched.

Whether regaling audiences with her time as a 6-foot-2 Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant or explaining some of her outrageous life experiences in a down home Southern drawl, riotous comedienne and professional speaker Jeanne Robertson has soared new, ahem, heights in the business of being funny.  Robertson will be at the Gallo on May 17.


209 staff reporter