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Cedric the Entertainer headlines at the Venue

Cedric The Entertainer headlines Venue Horseshoe Casino Friday night. | GETTY IMAGES

Cedric The Entertainer headlines the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino Friday night. | GETTY IMAGES

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Cedric the Entertainer

◆ 8 p.m. Friday

◆ The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center, Hammond, Ind.

◆ Tickets, $35-$80

◆ (800) 745-3000;
ticketmaster.com

Updated: December 3, 2012 6:17AM



Cedric the Entertainer is no stranger to Chicago.

He came up through the ranks here in the ’90s performing at the famed All Jokes Aside comedy club in the South Loop — with the late Bernie Mac, Adele Givens and George Wilborn.

“It was one of the jumping-off points of my career,” Cedric said of performing at the now-defunct club that helped launch numerous careers. “There are so many talented comedians out of the Chicagoland area, including … the late Robin Harris, who inspired me to do comedy. I am glad to have my roots in the Chi-town area.”

Cedric also credits winning the Miller Lite Comedy Search — a venue that showcased rising African American comedians including Mac — as solidifying his career goal.

“That was a big deal to win back in the early ’90s,” he said. “When I was able to be recognized in Chicago with all of the great artists that included [radio personality] Tony Sculfield, Kenny Howell and Damon Williams, that let me know that I could do this as a living.”

Cedric hits the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., where fans can expect to hear Cedric’s views on current events.

“I am coming to rip the stage down,” Cedric said. “We are close to the end of the political season, so I will be talking about that as well as things happening in music and television. I am just one of those observational comics who like to look at the world and see what is going on. And I put it out there on stage.

“Chicago is one of my favorite towns to do comedy. I love the energy that comes from my folks there. It is going to be on and popping.”

The Missouri-born comedian has been on tour since July, when filming was completed for “The Soul Man.” The TV Land series stars Cedric as an R&B superstar-turned-minister who becomes the preacher of his father’s church. The “Hot in Cleveland” spinoff is the network’s No. 2 rated series.

“It is a sitcom with an old school feel,” Cedric said. “It is just something that is not on television right now when it comes to images of African American society.

“It’s a story of a flawed character that changes his stripes and a loving nuclear family dealing with those issues. Even though the show is set in a spiritual way, we are not preaching to you.”

While in Chicago, Cedric plans to visit friends including former “The Steve Harvey Show” co-star and fellow “Original King of Comedy” star Steve Harvey.

“It is town that feels very much like a second home for me,” Cedric said. “We order Garrett’s popcorn by the big tins on a regular basis. I am like the greatest gift giver of all time due to that.

“I’ve also been trying to eat healthy so I like [vegan restaurateur] Karyn Calabrese,” he said. “She has a lot of great stuff and healthy food.”



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