LARGO — Emo Philips will take the stage Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.
Tickets range from $14.50 to $29.50 plus applicable service fee. Visit LargoArts.com or call 727-587-6793.
Described by Jay Leno as "the best joke writer in America" and considered by many, including "Weird Al" Yankovic, as one of the funniest people on the planet, Philips has performed over 6,000 times throughout the English-speaking world — including a multi-week run at the Playhouse Theater in London's West End. Since starting out at the age of 20 in Chicago in 1976, Philips has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials, and many appearances on network television, in both America and the UK. He has appeared in a number of films. Most notably, he portrayed the table-saw demonstrator in “UHF.”
The stand-up comedian is known for using paraprosdokians and speaking in a wandering falsetto tone. His stage persona is confused, fidgety and childlike.
In 1985, his comedy album “E=mo²,” recorded live at Caroline's in New York City, won a New Music Award. He followed up with the albums “Live at the Hasty Pudding Theatre” in 1987 and “Emo” in 2001.
Philips also has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows, such as “Doctor Katz” and “Home Movies.” More recently, he voiced Cuber, a mysterious storyteller, on “Adventure Time.” He appeared in the episodes "Five Short Graybles," "Five More Short Graybles," "Another Five More Short Graybles" and “Graybles 1000+.”