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Comedian Scott Hansen returns to Detroit Lakes on Friday

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Award-winning comedian Scott Hansen will return to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, May 19 -- but this time, he'll be the headliner.

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"Last time I was there working with Louie Anderson," Hansen said in a Monday telephone interview from his home in Maple Grove, Minn.

That appearance consisted of 10-15 minutes, warming up the audience for Anderson. This time, however, Hansen will be doing a longer show, "with more of my own material."

Accompanying Hansen this time around will be Dave Mordal, a veteran of Hansen's own Twin Cities comedy club as well as the third season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," where he placed second.

Mordal, like Hansen, is a native Minnesotan.

"He's become a pretty good draw and a great comic," Hansen said.

Hansen is looking forward to his second appearance at the Holmes Theatre, where he said he had a "great audience" during his appearance with Anderson.

Though Hansen was once offered the opportunity to work as a writer for the hit ABC television series, "Roseanne," he said he opted to stay in Minnesota because he felt it was a better place to raise his three children.

"I wanted to live a sane, normal life," he said, adding that he wanted his children to experience the kind of stability he didn't have as a kid.

"We moved around a lot," he added.

Hansen said he was first attracted to comedy because "I've always liked to make people laugh."

"Even in my grade school writing projects, I'd write things I thought were funny," Hansen said. "Some of the jokes in my act today, I wrote when I was in sixth grade -- I just added some things that have happened in my life since then."

Hansen also noted that because he was "always the new kid," he often used humor as a defense against getting picked on by his peers.

Though he was initially a theater major at the University of Minnesota, Hansen got into doing standup comedy because he "wanted to do things my way."

"The only way I could do that was with standup," Hansen continued. "With acting, I was always saying someone else's lines, being directed by someone else."

But with standup comedy, he said, "You're self-directing, writing and producing -- doing everything on your own. If I don't like the way something goes, I can change it."

Tickets for Hansen's Friday show are $15 each or two for $20, and may be purchased at the Holmes Theatre Box Office, 826 Summit Ave., or by calling 218-844-SHOW (7469). The show begins at 8 p.m.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers and editor of MN Boomers magazine for the past 13 years. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 847-3151
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