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The Tobolowsky Files featuring Stephen Tobolowsky

When:

Fri 27 Dec 2013, 8:30pm–10:00pm

Where: The Classic Comedy Club, 321 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $32.50 ($30.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Stories from behind the scenes from one of Hollywood's most recognisable characters

Stephen Tobolowsky has been in well over 200 films and television shows: He is Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Commissioner Hugo Jarry in Deadwood, Bob Bishop in Heroes, Sandy Ryerson in Glee, and sexed-up Hollywood producer Stu Beggs in Californication.

You've seen him in Basic Instinct, Memento and Spaceballs. He's been in Mel Gibson vehicle Bird on a Wire, and the voice on the other end of the line in Buried.

Now he's coming to New Zealand to tell his stories: For one night only.

Based in LA, the 62 year old has become one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces in film & television. "You know when I was a child, I thought being an actor meant I would have easy access to the Wolfman and the Mummy. Then I got older and thought being an actor meant you would get notoriety and fame, and - this is humiliating - I used to practice Academy Awards speeches in the shower when I was 10. When I was 10! It was like Charlton Heston: If he was going to be in the 10 Commandments, I was going to be in an even longer movie called The Torah!" says Tobolowsky.

Tobolowsky is also a storyteller: His podcast The Tobolowsky Files is one of the most listened-to podcasts on iTunes and led to him writing his first book, The Dangerous Animals Club, which was published last year.

His storytelling has now morphed into a one-man show that he's been touring around America. And now, for the first time, his show is coming to New Zealand, for one intimate, unique evening at The Classic.

"This is going to be a special night," says journalist David Farrier, who met Tobolowsky in Los Angeles last year. "I've listened to all his podcasts - well over 50 hours of this man talking about his ridiculous, surreal and often hilarious times in Hollywood - and what I learn never lets up. He always surprises. I've laughed and I've cried at what this man has had to say."

Critic Dustin Rowles from Pajiba.com says of Tobolowsky's live show, "There are stories of courage, of inspiration, and of miracles. Tobolowsky has led a remarkable life, and a prolific acting career that's spanned decades is only the tip of the iceberg. These stories are about life, and about love, and about finding inspiration in anything, and they are told with enthusiasm, and optimism, and joy for life."

Although Tobolowsky has travelled much of the world during has acting life, this is his first visit to New Zealand. He'll be taking in the sights, but insisted on doing one very special show.

"As a critic hardened by years of Adam Sandler and Martin Lawrence films, too much television, and a popular culture obsessed with celebrity, the show offered one of those rare magical nights of entertainment that had nothing to do with any of that, or with anything that would likely show up in the pages of the web's film and celebrity blogs. It was just one man on a stage telling stories, and it was somehow more flooring than the special effects of Tarsem Singh, and more touching than a Jason Katims' drama. More remarkable still is that these stories are all real," says Rowles.

"Tobolowsky has an amazing ability to find the extraordinary in the smallest of minutia, to pile events - both big and small - on top of each other, colour them with details, weave all these strings together, and extract the profound. They're like "The Simpsons" episodes: They start in one place and wind up in a completely different one, but he finds a through line, hits upon a number of universal themes, and breathtakingly brings it home with kindness, and with humor. He seems almost as amazed by his own stories while telling them as the audience is listening, which makes the experience even more enjoyable."

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