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Smothers Brothers comedy act opens season at Hippodrome

Sept. 20, 1996

Courtesy photoThe Smothers Brothers will open the season at the Hippodrome theater tonight. The comedy team has nearly sold out the Hippodrome for its opening night.

By Jim Kendrick

Lariat Staff Writer

Comedy acts come and go all the time. New comedians spring up from every corner of the country, crowding comedy clubs and trying to break out, gain mass popularity and play the big venus.

Even there, some make it big for awhile, but then their brand of comedy begins to wear thin and they fall away as more take their place. It's the nature of the business, and few have managed to defy it.

The Smothers Brothers are one of those rare exceptions. Tom and Dick have been performing their particular brand of comedy together for 35 years, longer than any other comedy team in history. With their mastering of comedic timing, general warmth, and outlandish showmanship, they have managed to reach audiences of all ages through the years by employing timeless comedy and musical acts that never seem to fail.

The Smothers Brothers are probably best known for their own prime time comedy series during the 1960s and again during the 1980s.

In addition, they have made countless appearances on television and talk shows, headlined at clubs in Las Vegas, acted in a successful Magnavox television ad campaign, and traveled across the country on numerous concert tours.

One of their current concert tours is taking them through several cities in Texas, including Waco.

Tom and Dick will be taking the stage at 8 p.m., tonight at the Hippodrome Theater in downtown Waco, kicking off the new season at the historic theater.

The Hippodrome is boasting an impressive line-up for the 1996-1997 season, which will also showcase Harry Belafonte in February as well as an outstanding list of shows from the Hippodrome's new 'Broadway on the Brazos' series which will attract successful Broadway hits such as 'Grease' and the five-time Tony-award winning rock opera 'The Who's Tommy.'

According to David Legore, the marketing director for the Hippodrome, the stop in Waco is part of a mini-tour around Texas for the Smothers Brothers.

'This is the first time they've ever been in Waco,' Legore said. 'It's the only real comedy act the Hippodrome will be having this year.'

In addition to the new shows, the Hippodrome also has a new policy called 'Student Rush' that is aimed at helping college students around Waco get tickets for all the shows during the 96-97 season.

According to Legore, all college students can come to the theater a half hour before any of the shows begin, and if seats are still available, they can purchase them for half price, which would be roughly $9 for a balcony seat.

'It's getting pretty tight for the Smothers Brothers, though,' Legore said. 'The show is almost sold out and there is only limited seating left, so if anyone wants a ticket, they need to call soon.'

The Hippodrome box office is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5:30.

To order tickets for any one of the shows, including the Smothers Brothers, call 752-9797.

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