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If you're a familiar with Dutch television, then you might know American comedian Tom Rhodes as the host of his own late-night program. For five years, he hosted a chat show in the Netherlands and is still widely recognized there. The whole thing came about quite by accident. "I had a sitcom on NBC [Mr. Rhodes], and I lived in New York City for a couple of years," he says. "I was a little fed up with American show business, and I fell in love with this Dutch girl." He wound up in Amsterdam, but the relationship fizzled. Just before heading back to the U.S., Dutch television producers spotted him in a club and asked him to host an American-style late-night talk show. "I grew up worshipping Johnny Carson and David Letterman, and to be the guy coming out from behind the curtain in the $2,000 suit and standing on the mark and doing your five-minute monologue — it was the same format — was one of the best experiences of my life." Rhodes still performs in Europe (he has a new Dutch girlfriend), as well as cities all over the world. "I've been trying to develop a comedy travel show," he says. "The way Anthony Bourdain goes around checking out food, I want to check out comedy scenes." 18+.
Sept. 25-29, 8 p.m.; Sept. 28-29, 10:30 p.m., 2012