Loony Bin Comedy Club welcomes comedy veteran 

Canadian comedy veteran Leo Dufour and Missouri stand-up Mike Baldwin have joined for a five-day stage run at The Loony Bin Comedy Club, 8503 N. Rockwell.

Baldwin was a finalist in the well known San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 2007. The comic took third, citing an empty wallet as the inspiration behind his blistering set. So cash-strapped he had to bum rides from other comics during the competition, Baldwin, eager to win the event’s prize money, was so cash-strapped that he had to bum rides from other comics during the competition.

Baldwin will open for Dufour, a 32-year comedy veteran who is returning to the Loony after more than a year hiatus. Dufour said he cut his comedic teeth in Detroit, an experience he later used to start his own venue for Canadian stand-ups. Dufour’s opened Ontario’s The Komedy Korner in 1980, which he said was then one of only two comedy clubs in the entire country. A then-unknown Jim Carrey christened the stage at the inaugural Komedy Korner show, he said. Dufour describes his performance as a “high-energy” set that mixes rehearsed bits with skits, impressions and improvisation.

“A lot of it is based on interaction with the audience,” he said. “I really try to get them involved.”

Baldwin and Dufour will perform 8 p.m. today through Saturday. A second 10:30 p.m. show will stage Friday and Saturday, and the pair will close out their run with a 9 p.m. Sunday show. Tickets are $6 today, Thursday and Sunday and $10 Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 239-4242 or visit www.loonybincomedy.com/ok.

Joe Wertz

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