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Love and laughter: Comedy show set for Valentine's weekend

WORTHINGTON — Roses. Chocolates. Champagne. Candlelit dinner. Belly laughs?

Yes, raucous laughter is an option for celebrating Valentine’s Day this year. “My Funny Valentine’s,” a comedy show featuring five professional comedians, is coming to the Worthington Events Center on Feb. 15. The laughter extravaganza is produced by Rox Tarrant, a comedy veteran from the Twin Cities.

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“My whole philosophy is I want to be able to bring comedy to the people,” explained Tarrant. “Sometimes they don’t have the opportunity or the money or the gumption to drive up to Minneapolis to see a show. I’ve been producing these shows for 20 years. I’m a stand-up comedian myself, but also a producer. They’re fantastic audiences because they are thrilled to see high-quality professionals coming to their backyard.”

Last year, Tarrant joined well-known comic Louie Anderson on his “Sweet Potato Comedy Tour,” traveling to communities throughout Anderson’s native Minnesota.

“For an entire week we went to all these small towns, and people just ate it up,” she said. “It was fantastic.”

For the Worthington show, Tarrant will serve as the mistress of ceremonies, introducing some of her favorite comedians.

“People can expect the most fantastic professional comedians,” she said. “We’ve got not one, but two, headliners. Isaac Witty has done multiple appearances on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman.’ In fact, Letterman adores Isaac. He’s clean, he’s funny, and his jokes are so well-written and performed. He’s also been on Comedy Central and Garrison Keillor’s ‘Prairie Home Companion.’”

“Todd Andrews is a Boston native who moved to the Midwest via marriage,” continued Tarrant about the performers. “So he does a lot of humor about us Midwestern folks. We’ve also got Sherlonda Sharp, a very brilliant featured comedian. She’s from the South and is going to lend her own views on life. Finally, Mark Nusbaum is a rising young star. I make it kind of a practice in my shows of introducing bright young stars, and Mark is clearly that. I compare him to Jim Carrey — very physical with his humor and voice, very talented. And I get the most fun job of all — hosting the show.”

Tarrant’s own comedic aspirations began with watching Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett on TV, and in college she did some acting. But her ultimate aspiration was to make people laugh.

“I would watch comedy, go to shows, and was so enthralled by it all,” she related. “So in 1995 I signed up to be involved in an amateur stand-up contest, the Twin Cities Funniest Person. About 250 people got involved, and during the qualifying rounds, I came in third —the only woman out of 250.”

While the Worthington show has a Valentine’s Day theme, the show is not just for couples, Tarrant stressed.

“It’s for people in love, those yearning to be in love, and people who just want to laugh,” she said. “Just come and check it out. I think people need to get out of their element for a while and come out and laugh. It’s certainly a holiday, but it’s a show for everybody, a time to come out and celebrate. We’re excited to bring it to them. It’s truly going to be a fantastic show.”

Tickets are available for a package dinner and show deal, featuring a buffet supper, or just the comedy show alone. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the buffet at 7 p.m. and comedy show at 8 p.m. Comfort Suite hotel packages are also available. 

For more information, tickets and reservations, phone 295-9185.

Daily Globe Features Editor Beth Rickers may be reached at 376-7327.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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