The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center is offering free tickets to comedian Louie Anderson’s performances scheduled for 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available by calling 846-1111 or visiting the Strand-Capitol box office, 50 N. George St., York. To receive the complimentary tickets, patrons must mention “Strand Gives Louie.” The performances will be taped for an upcoming TV special.
One-on-One with Louie:
Anderson forgets that he has a distinct voice. It’s hard to mistake it for anyone else’s, even over the phone. Anderson called from Las Vegas on Nov. 9, a few hours after Eddie Murphy stepped down as this year’s Oscar host.
“That’s a bummer,” Anderson said. He waited a beat before adding, “I’m available. I was in that movie, too.” (The film he referred to, of course, was the 1988 comedy “Coming to America.”)
Before Billy Crystal landed the hosting gig, Anderson joked about his own chances. He said that he couldn’t even get to the Oscars as a seat filler – a model or attractive young person hired to sit in a seat while an actor or actress is in the bathroom. That way, when the camera pans over the room, it always looks full. Anderson said he’s been to the Emmys, but never the biggest award show in Hollywood.
“It’s part of our lives,” he said of the Academy Awards. “Movies are such a big part of the American experience.” Read the rest of the interview.