Television comedians to take center stage

A new season of entertainment at the Haugh Performing Arts Center brings in familiar faces from television.

Billy Gardell from the show “Mike & Molly,” Jonathan Kite from “2 Broke Girls”, Marc Price from “Family Ties” and Jimmie Walker from “Good Times” will be on stage together at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Haugh Performing Arts Center.

“I thought it was a good lineup and a fun show to be a part of,” Gardell said in an email.

The “TV Comedy Series” will be headlined by Gardell with Walker serving as a special guest host.

“We have agents contacting the director all the time,” Gene Barrera, director of marketing said. “Sometimes we think of acts we’d like to host and approach them.”

Gardell is best known for his role as police officer Mike Biggs on “Mike & Molly,” where he starred alongside Melissa McCarthy for six seasons up until early 2016.

Kite plays Ukrainian cook Oleg Golishevsky on the show “2 Broke Girls.” The sixth season begins Oct. 10 on CBS.

Price is known for his role as Skippy in the ’80s sitcom “Family Ties” and Walker is known for his role as J.J. from the ’70s sitcom “Good Times.”

Gardell said the comedians he looked up to growing up were Richard Pryor and George Carlin.

“Every comic hopes to perform in front of big audiences,” Gardell said. “When you get to that place, you want to do as many of them as you can.”

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John Michaelides is the editor-in-chief of the Clarion. He is a communications major who hopes to transfer to Cal State Fullerton next year. John loves Disneyland, Star Wars, Marvel, "The Office," the Rams and Lakers.