Seasonal Special Happenings

Bobby Collins at Hilarities

When: Thu., Sept. 23 2010

Election season always finds Bobby Collins in a festive mood. "It's fun joking about these guys," the veteran comic says. "I think sometimes people forget who they are — they're politicians. Let's break that down: Poli-tic, with the emphasis on the tic. They're like a tick, a bloodsucker. They only want to see you and shake your hand when they're running for something. That makes me sick to my stomach." During the mid-'90s, Collins took over for Rosie O'Donnell as host of VH1's Stand-up Spotlight, where his catch phrase "I want to go home" soon took on new meaning: "When my wife had our third daughter, she almost died at childbirth," says Collins, who left the show to be with her. "My family needed me, so my profile was lower. I had to do what I had to do. My career may have gone in a different direction. I lost some time, but it's fine." He's back on the horse these days, with a weekend stop starting tonight at Hilarities (at Pickwick & Frolic, 2035 East Fourth Street downtown). Tickets are $20 tonight, $23 Friday, and $25 Saturday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 216-241-7425. — Ed Condran

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