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Tom Arnold at Sondheim

Feb 11, 2013

Famed comedian Tom Arnold returns to Southeast Iowa for an evening of comedy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Originally from Ottumwa, Tom Arnold recently returned to his roots as a stand-up comic poking fun at his Midwest past, marital follies and absurd Hollywood stories.

Just like his past film and television comedy work, Arnold is a ball of chaos and charisma on stage. His shows are famous for their loose atmosphere breaking down the walls between his fellow comics and the audience. No one is quite sure what to expect any given night.

Arnold’s comedy show is not intended for anyone under 16 years of age.

As a writer, producer and actor, Arnold has established himself with both television and film audiences worldwide, having won such awards as the Peabody Award and a Golden Globe Award. Additionally, he helped put Fox Sports Network on the map with his hosting duties on “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” He recently returned to Fox Sports Network as both producer and host of the kids’ baseball show “Kid Pitch.”

Arnold cornered the market on playing the resident comic relief in films like “Nine Months” with Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore and Robin Williams, “True Lies” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Hero” with Dustin Hoffman and “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” with Mike Myers.

Arnold has broken out of the comedic stereotype and is becoming a fixture at film festivals by landing more mature and dramatic roles. He received critical praise for his role in “Gardens of the Night” opposite John Malkovich, “The Great Buck Howard” starring John Malkovich and Tom Hanks, “Good Dick” opposite Jason Ritter and “The Year of Getting to Know Us” opposite Sharon Stone, Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu.

Arnold began his career in comedy at the University of Iowa before moving to Minneapolis, where he won the Minneapolis Comedy Competition in 1988. He then moved to Los Angeles to write on the television series “Roseanne” before eventually serving as executive producer for the sitcom. He went on to star in his own HBO special “Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth” and then wrote, produced and starred in his own television series “The Jackie Thomas Show,” “Tom” and “The Tom Show.”

Comedian and musician Dwayne Clark will open the night of laughs. Clark, from Des Moines, has played the Chicago House of Blues, opened for Rick Springfield, Weird Al and Loverboy and will get the night started with audience participation humor and music.

The show is part of the 2012-13 Sondheim Artist Series and is presented by Seven Roses Inn, Iowa State Bank of Fairfield and Purple Star Entertainment.

Tickets are $32 for Zone 1, $28 for Zone 2, $23 for Zone 3 and available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, 472-2787 and www.FairfieldACC.com.

The performance was originally scheduled for April 13; all tickets will be honored.

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