Arts & Entertainment

Brad Upton to give lessons on laughter in Kennewick

If your funny bone needs a workout, head to Jack Didley's Comedy Club next week.

On the roster for Nov. 18- 20 will be the Tri-Cities' own poster boy of comedy, Brad Upton.

Upton used to be an elementary school teacher in Pasco years ago until he put away his chalk to try his hand on the comedy circuit. It appears to have been a good move for him, though bad news for the students who he kept laughing.

Upton, who now lives in Seattle, has performed more than 4,000 comedy shows since he headed for the Emerald City in the 1980s. He's opened for such celebrity entertainers as Joan Rivers, Johnny Mathis and Pam Tillis. He also is a favorite performer on many cruise lines.

Upton has appeared frequently on The Bob & Tom Show, a nationally syndicated radio show that broadcasts in the Tri-Cities starting at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday on KSRS 97.1 FM.

Upton will be doing some more funny talk radio with Bob and Tom on a Nov. 16 segment.

Upton has earned plenty of recognition with his quick wit. He's won the title of top funnyman at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, headlined at Catch A Rising Star in Reno and Las Vegas, and has been featured on MTV's Half-hour Comedy Hour and An Evening at the Improv.

He's also toured with the Mid-Life Crisis Comedy Show, which is modeled after the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

The best part about Upton's comic shtick is that most of the time he punches out hilarious stories without a bunch of cuss words. But that isn't always the case, either. When he's performing at a 21-and-older venue like Jack Didley's he can be more bold.

"I try to judge the crowd wherever I perform," he said.

Upton said he never gets tired of cutting up. It's something he's done since childhood and didn't stop even when he was a teacher at Ruth Livingston Elementary School.

Opening for Upton will be Tri-City comic Adam Kessler.

Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18-20. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Jack Didley's, 109 W. Kennewick Ave.