Known not only as the former host of "Family Feud" but also as a popular comedian, Louie Anderson will be performing in Ogden next weekend.
Anderson is scheduled for the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows on Friday, June 29, at Wiseguys Comedy Club. Tickets are $25; seating is 30 minutes prior to the show.
Anderson hosted the second revival of the game show "Family Feud," from 1999 to 2002. He also created the cartoon series "Life With Louie" in the mid 1990s, and has written three books, including "Dear Dad: Letters From an Adult Child" and "Goodbye Jumbo ... Hello Cruel World."
This will be the fifth time Anderson has performed at Wiseguys in Ogden since the comedy club opened 11 years ago, said Wiseguys owner Keith Stubbs.
"Louie Anderson is hilarious and charming," Stubbs said. "Plus, his act is clean."
Anderson is rated as one of the top 100 comedians of all time, Stubbs added.
Anderson said he enjoys performing at Wiseguys in Ogden because it's a fun and friendly audience. He likes the personal atmosphere of a comedy club. "The crowd is right there, everybody can see you and you can see them -- clear to the last row," he said.
Anderson currently resides in Las Vegas and has an hourlong show called "Big Baby Boomer" at the Palace Station casino.
Now 59 years old, Anderson said he enjoys creating and delivering humor involving his aging generation. He likes making jokes about today's technology in comparison to how things were when he was growing up. And he points out that the older people get, the more they turn into their parents.
The comedian also helps people take a lighter look at the health challenges of the aging process. "When you're young, you might do drugs that can kill you; when you're old, you just want drugs that will keep you alive," he quips.
Anderson also pokes fun at his own struggle with being overweight.
He takes great pride in doing clean comedy: "You could go to my show with your kids and still enjoy my show."
Denver comic John Crist will be the warm-up act for Anderson. "He's a Christian comic and he is on his way to becoming quite famous," Anderson said. "He's a very talented person."
Anderson created the animated comedy called "Life With Louie" in 1995. It ran for three years on the Fox network. The series is based on Anderson's childhood, growing up in Minnesota with 10 siblings, a sweet-hearted mother and a loud, war-crazed father.
But stand-up comedy is what Anderson loves to do the most -- he has been performing for 33 years.
"It's an art form," he said. "I get to paint a picture through my jokes and hopefully people get it, and laugh and forget their troubles. That's the best part."
Anderson will also play at Wiseguys' West Valley City club, 2194 W. 3500 South, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. June 30.