Louie Anderson and Jason Schommer hit the stage in Little Falls with ‘The Basket Case Tour’

Louie Anderson, iconic comedy legend and two-time Emmy award winner, will be in Little Falls with Jason Schommer for one night only. Their show, “The Basket Case Tour,” will be presented at Great River Arts, Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Louie Anderson, iconic comedy legend and two-time Emmy award winner, will be in Little Falls with Jason Schommer for one night only. Their show, “The Basket Case Tour,” will be presented at Great River Arts, Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Great River Arts will present comedy legend Louie Anderson with special guest Jason Schommer Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Great River Arts Center, Little Falls.

Anderson, an iconic comedy legend and two-time Emmy award winner, is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a bestselling author, star of his own standup specials and sitcoms, and he continues to tour the country performing to standing room only crowds worldwide.

Sharing the ups and downs of his childhood experiences as one of 11 children in Minnesota, Anderson crafted comedy routines that rang true for his early club audiences while reducing them to helpless fits of laughter, routines that led him from his career as a counselor to troubled children to the first-place trophy at the 1981 Midwest Comedy Competition. Henny Youngman, who hosted the competition, recognized the diamond-in-the-rough genius of the young comic and hired him as a writer, providing invaluable experience that soon put Louie in his own spotlight on comedy stages all over the country.

Schommer, a 1992 graduate of Little Falls Community High School, is a standup comedian who was named “What’s Hot For 2013” by Campus Activities Magazine and has spent two years as the opening act for Louie Anderson in Las Vegas. Anderson said “Jason is funny, clever, smart and on his way to the big time.” Laugh-until-you-cry stories combine with playful one liners covering a wide array of topics ranging from the daily struggles of life to his loveable, yet kooky, Minnesotan family. Schommer’s unique comedy style ranges from observational humor based on his life, the world around us and commentary of pop culture recounting hysterical true encounters with celebrities such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Dolly Parton (to name a few).

Tickets are general admission and VIP with a pre-show “Meet and Greet” with Louie Anderson at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (320) 632-0960, in person at Great River Arts in downtown Little Falls during office hours, or online at www.greatart.org.