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Comedian Robert Post is bringing his act to the Detroit Lakes Community Center.

Post Comedy Theatre is Thursday

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"It can get a little wild out there."

So says comedian Robert Post when attempting to describe his "Post Comedy Theatre" show, which comes to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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"Even I don't know where it's going to go (before each show starts)," said Post in a recent telephone interview.

"There are two different elements to the show," Post said. "There's these really chiseled, very clean and precise, almost vaudeville-type pieces and then there's the freewheeling, improvisational relationship with the audience. There are two really different elements going on at the same time.

"There are some set pieces, but then I'll kind of ramble and let my brain go where it wants to go. It's always very different (each show)."

Though there are some similar elements between shows, Post said, some people who come to see multiple shows on one of his tours are often disappointed when he doesn't repeat some of their favorite moments from one night to the next.

"You can't just force it when you're improvising," he explained.

When asked to explain his unique brand of comedy, Post said, "I use my body to become different things. I can become an airplane, my hands and arms can become so many different objects -- scarves, flashlights, giant mouth -- or I can take my nose off and clean it.

"It's easy to get caught in the trap of saying, this is what I am, this is what plays well with the audience. But there's something really exciting about watching someone who's open (to improvisation)."

Post's uniquely creative vision has led to a sideline career as a director.

"I've spent so much of my life alone in a room with a video camera (rehearsing new routines). That's how I've always created," he said. "I didn't realize I had something to offer other people -- but I had people start approaching me and asking me to help them with their work.

"I've directed ballet, standup comedy, circuses, regular plays, people who do monologues, storytelling, musicians -- in a way, I've kind of got this parallel career going on."

This "parallel career" has also enabled him to "balance out between creativity and making a living. The combination of both happening at the same time has really worked for me. The touring is still going strong."

In addition to his evening show, Post will also be spending time working with students in local schools.

"Whenever you get the chance to go into a community and do a variety of stuff -- nothing gets better than that," Post said.

"You can really get a feel for what's going on in that part of the world. That connection makes it so much more fun."

Tickets for Thursday evening's show are $22 for adults, $11 for students, and can be purchased online at www.dlccc.org, by phone at 218-844-SHOW (7469), or at the Holmes Box Office

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454
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