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Comedian combines hypnosis, rock 'n' roll for Richland show

Ron Stubbs has been called the rock star of hypnosis comedy.

There's a reason for that, Stubbs said in a recent phone interview.

Stubbs calls his act, "The Outrageous Rock & Roll Comedy Hypnosis Show," because what happens on stage can be as outrageous as a rock concert. Of course, he also adds a few of the trappings of a rock show like elaborate sound and lighting.

If you want to catch Stubbs act for yourself, then head on over to Joker's Comedy Club in Richland and watch his show, which starts at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 26-27.

Admission is $15.

His shows are never repetitive because no two people act the same way under hypnosis, he said.

"People are always asking me what's planned for a show and I can't tell them because I never know what's going to happen until I get a few people on stage," Stubbs said. "That's when the fun really begins."

Stubbs performs about 250 shows a year when he isn't teaching his craft at Everett Community College or seeing patients at his hypnosis clinic on Camano Island.

He was voted entertainer of the year in 2009 by Hypnotic Edge Magazine, as well as funniest comedian in Washington in 2009 by King 5 TV's Evening Magazine.

"I think I've done about 3,000 different routines," Stubbs said. And don't even think you can outfox him by pretending to be hypnotized.

"There's no way someone can fake it with me on stage," Stubbs said. "I'll know, especially because my wife works with me, and if someone does something while my back is turned she'll catch it."

If you want a sneak peak at just how this guy works, check out some of the videos on Stubbs website at http://ronstubbs.net.

The shows are fast-paced as he maneuvers audience volunteers into doing some pretty funny stuff.

One of the more bizarre acts he did was in Las Vegas where he got a major movie star in the audience to come up on stage.

"Let's just say I got him to fall in lust with the microphone that had a wig on it," Stubbs said.

So if you're squeamish about watching people under hypnosis do strange but hilarious things, then this might not be the show for you.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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