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Comedian Scott Hansen returns to Detroit Lakes on Friday

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.

"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.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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