NBC weatherman “reigns” at the McKinney

Coleman’s stand-up features one-man acts, “The Reception,” and “It’s Me! Dad!” (Courtesy of Nina Welch)

MaryAnne Shults

Saddleback College presents a trio of comedians as part of its Professional Guest Artist Series.

“Sit Down for Stand Up” comedy night at the McKinney Theatre features three funny men, likely more well known for their day jobs, on Saturday, March 17.

Returning headliner Fritz Coleman is the weathercaster for Los Angeles’ NBC-4 on weekday evenings.

Before he began predicting local rain, sun or wind, he left his job as a radio personality in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1980 to break into stand-up comedy in L.A. He has written and performed one-man theater acts, titled “The Reception,” and “It’s Me! Dad!”

Tom Ogden mixes magic with comedy. Fresh out of college, he ran away to join the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus. He then transitioned his comedy to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other venues.

Ogden has opened for some big-name acts such as Billy Crystal and Robin Williams. His work also includes appearances on TV network specials and commercials.

Tony Russell blends music and comedy with his acting talent. He has worked in stage, film and TV productions. A music major in college, he performed with a show band.

After the band was booked as a lounge act in Las Vegas, he headed west to L.A. to pursue stand-up comedy, appearing at The Comedy Store, The Improv and the Ice House.

This helped launch his acting career, winning him a part in the TV comedy series, “Life With Bonnie.” His resume is also full of other acting credits in both TV network and film.

Tickets are $32 for general admission, with discounts for students, seniors, children, and Arts Angels.

Further information is available at www.saddleback.edu/arts, including online ticket ordering.

Tom Ogden transitioned from the Big Top to being the opening act for the likes of Billy Crystal and Robin Williams. Tony Russell’s impressive resume includes stage and film credits as well as stand-up comedy and music. (Images courtesy of Nina Welch/illustration by MaryAnne Shults)

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