Comic, Writer and World Traveler Tom Rhodes Brings His Sharp Brand of Stand-up to San Antonio

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Funny enough, Mr. Rhodes, the NBC sitcom bearing his name, is probably one of the low points of stand-up Tom Rhodes’ three-decade career. Running for a total of 19 episodes in the mid-’90s, the show featured Rhodes — the first breakout star from still-new Comedy Central — as a cool, longhaired teacher and has-been novelist and is less representative of the comic than the two TV shows he later hosted in Amsterdam or his 1995 travelogue Viva Vietnam: A White Trash Adventure Tour (where he set up a Slip ’n Slide on the beach from Apocalypse Now). Though he was born in Washington, D.C., Rhodes seems to make his best TV in other countries, and several of his stand-up specials were recorded in Europe. The perspective he brings back Stateside (comparing present-day America’s standing in the world to fat, jumpsuit-era Elvis, for example) is both one-of-a-kind and invaluable right now and delivered with the fervor of a Southern gospel preacher. He’s got some good fart and wiener jokes too, because some things are always funny whether you’re in Butte, Montana or Malaysia. $17, 8:30pm Wed, Jun. 14 & Thu, Jun. 15, 8pm & 10:15pm Fri, Jun. 16 & Sat, Jun. 17, 8pm Sun, Jun. 18, Improv San Antonio, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 229-1420, rivercentercomedyclub.com.

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