Arts & Entertainment

Comedian returns to Tri-Cities

When Mike Murphy suffers from cabin fever, which happens a few times a year, he hits the road.

The best part about those road trips is when he makes a stop in the Tri-Cities and performs one of his hilarious comedy shows. And he'll do just that March 27 at the Clover Island Hotel in Kennewick.

Murphy spends most of his time in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he moonlights as a real estate broker.

"I actually only do about 10 comedy shows a year now," Murphy said in a telephone interview. "The rest of the time I'm in real estate. I love doing both."

Every time Murphy comes to town his shows pack the house. That's because no matter how miserable life can be, Murphy has a way of infusing fits of belly laughter that can melt troubles away.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Clover Island hotel. The show is for the 21 and older crowd only.

The last Murphy was in the Tri-Cities was in 2002.

"Yeah, it's been a while since I've been in town," he said. "I'm looking forward to it. I always like coming to the Tri-Cities."

His comedy fodder is gleaned from a number of sources such as marriage, public service or other unusual happenings. He finds his schtick by lumbering through the websites of seven different newspapers each day.

The one thing his act doesn't include right now are jokes about the new president.

"I'm giving him some time to do his thing, see what he does," Murphy said. "There might be some funny stuff about Obama down the road."

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