Enjoy some “Ebony & Irony” this weekend at North Star Lanes.
Nationally-acclaimed comedian Bob Zany is making his springtime trip to Antigo and he is bringing a friend, Jimmie Walker, for shows Friday and Saturday night.
Zany's known for his appearance on the “Bob & Tom” radio show and is also appearing in the new “Casino Boss” television series starring Joe Piscopo.
Walker is best remembered from the 1970s “Good Times” television show and his “dy-no-mite” trademark line.
Together they have been touring the country off and on for months with “Ebony & Irony: Hilarious Together in Perfect Comedy,” itself a take-off on the 1982 duet between Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, “Ebony and Ivory.”
Walker and Zany promise it will be great fun.
immie Walker, left, and Bob Zany are bringing their
“Ebony & Irony” show to Antigo Friday and Saturday
“The Zane-Man is well-worth the time,” Walker said, stressing that his friend is among the hardest-working men in comedy today. “The great Zany is deep pooling in the business end of it. I give him tremendous credit.”
Zany, who has been coming to Antigo for half-a-dozen years, said the two nights of shows give local audiences a chance to see two professionals at work.
“My show translates everywhere, from Las Vegas to the Midwest and Antigo,” he said. “The bottom line when you are doing a comedy show, is people want to laugh, and that's what we provide.”
Zany has performed across the nation and Europe and is known for reaching into a seemingly bottomless grab bag of jokes. He said he generally tries about three new jokes every show, constantly honing and refining his act. He's also known for one-on-one interaction with the audience and being very quick with a comeback.
Walker was a television superstar on “Good Times,” airing from 1974 to 1979 as a spin-off of “Maude” and “All in the Family.” His catch-phrase “dy-no-mite!” has become part of the modern vernacular and he became such a major celebrity that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade.”
The two men say they have fun getting together and performing.
“It's a good mix,” Zany said. “People coming to our shows are seeing two professionals.”
“I just follow Zany,” Walker said. “When he's got a gig, I'm going.”
Saturday's show is a dinner show, by advance tickets only. They are available for $125 per couple at Neve's Floors-to-Go & Furniture. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a tenderloin dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m.
Friday's show will be at 9:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 9 p.m. Tickets, are $15 and will be available at the door. There will also be a corporate show, for holders of those Saturday night tables, at 7 p.m.