Standup comedy and acting were not Ralph Harris's first show business choices. "I wanted to be a clown, quite honestly," he recalls. "I wanted to be in the circus." However, after seeing Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live in the mid-'80s, Harris decided he wanted to be a comedian. Like Murphy, he has also done a fair bit of acting in both comedies and dramas, but standup is his true calling. "I'm still talking about relationships like I always do because Cosby, Pryor, and all of us, our lives become a template that we work from," he says. "I'm always going to be talking about my relationships. But then I mix in a little about the work, and some of the special characters that I have created over the years, like my grandfather and my uncle." It's this approach, he feels, that has kept him a headlining comedian for so many years. "I've never tried to be a comic that reads the newspaper and tries to outwit you, or show you how smart I am," he says. "I figure if I talk to you about the things that I think of on a daily basis and keep it simple, more than likely you'll get it." 18+; 21+ later shows.
March 30-April 3, 8 p.m.; April 1-2, 10:30 p.m., 2011