Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Getting Frtizzy with Coleman at Saddleback College

Posted By CotoBlogzz

Mission Viejo, CA  Is weatherman Fritz Coleman  is funny?  You can find out  on Saturday, March 17th at 7:30 pm in the McKinney Theatre – you may just want to stand up for this Sit Down for Stand Up comedy show. Presented by the Professional Guest Artist Series at Saddleback College, this hilarious night of comedy features funny weatherman Fritz Coleman, comedic magician Tom Ogden and Tony Russell, who is a triple threat with his music, comedy and acting talents.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 Tues-Sat) or online at www.saddleback.edu/arts. Ticket prices are $32 general; $30 students/seniors/Angels; $25 children 12 and under.  
Fritz Coleman is a weathercaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, California and KNSD-TV in San Diego, California. After he grew up in Radnor, Pennsylvania, he attended Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied radio, television, and film. He worked as a comedian and disc jockey for several years and as a radio personality at WBEN and later WKBW in Buffalo, New York. He left Buffalo for Los Angeles in 1980 to work as a stand-up comic. In 1982 he began work as weekend weatherman at KNBC, and has been the weekday weatherman since 1984. He has written and performed two one-man theater acts, titled The Reception and It's Me! Dad!. He received the 2004 EMA Community Service Award for his involvement with KNBC's 4 Our Planet, a children's program. He appeared in a supporting role in one of Raymond Burr's last Perry Mason television films, The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host, in 1993.

Tom Ogden, a Hollywood resident,  brings to the stage more than 30 years of professional touring, beginning when – straight out of college – he ran away with the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus. (His folks were so proud!) Before long, Tom traded the tinsel-and-sawdust of the circus ring for the glitter-and-sequins of Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Lake Tahoe. Along the way, he’s opened for such varied acts as Billy Crystal, The Osmonds, B.J. Thomas and Robin Williams. Tom Ogden’s work has included appearances on network specials such as The World's Greatest Magic (NBC) and The Great Magic of Las Vegas (FOX), talk shows from New York City to Sydney and Cape Town, as well as numerous commercials. He has twice been voted "Magician of the Year" in the Parlor of Prestidigitation at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Anthony (Tony) Russell has parlayed an extensive talent for music into an acting career that includes stage, film and television productions. He worked his way through college playing and singing in a show band. After graduating Montclair State College with a major in trombone and a minor in piano, his band was booked as a Las Vegas lounge act in many of the major hotels. He also pursued stand-up comedy, and made appearances in many of the famed U.S. comedy clubs such as The Comedy Store, The Improv in Hollywood, and The Ice House. Tony came into national prominence on the ABC hit comedy series Life With Bonniestarring Bonnie Hunt.  His film credits include Bugsy, Casino, Ed Wood, and Out of Justice to name a few.  On television, he guest starred on NYPD Blue, Becker, Home Improvement, Mad About You, Roseanne, The George Carlin Show and many other well-known TV shows.

The Professional Guest Artist Series offers Saddleback College students and the local community the opportunity to attend performances by nationally and internationally recognized artists from a variety of disciplines.  Selected guest artists also offer master classes and workshops on campus, providing invaluable learning experiences for participating students and more in-depth exposure for the general audience.  Audiences have recently enjoyed the talents of Leon Redbone, Yesterday and Today with Dave Liebman, An Evening with Groucho, Rockapella, and Second City.
Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to “Theatre Circle,” turning right into Lot 12.
Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visitwww.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.  


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