Last September, Acme Comedy Co. owner Louis Lee realized his dream of bringing three of the very best Acme headliners overseas for the first-ever Acme Asia Tour. The week-long run of shows included stops in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau, and featured Acme favorites Pete Lee, Chad Daniels, and Tom Segura. The tour was a huge success, and likely served as a preview of future Acme shows in Asia.
This week, the three comedians will come together for a reunion of sorts, as they perform at Acme for the Minds of All Kinds fundraiser. The event will benefit the Academy of Whole Learning, a school in St. Louis Park designed specifically for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In addition to the live show, the event will also feature a silent auction that includes everything from vacations to an autographed Rolling Stones guitar, and a sneak peek at the Acme Asia documentary that was filmed during last year's tour.
"I can't wait to see it," says Pete Lee, whose performance this Wednesday will be his only Minnesota appearance this year. "It was such an amazing experience. The only tough part was that I closed out the shows, which meant I had to follow Chad and Tom, who are two of the funniest people I know."
Pete Lee, who got his start in comedy at the Acme open mic, says he believes the success of the tour can be attributed to the vision of owner Louis Lee (no relation).
"Louis is a very bright guy, and he's excited about bringing comedy to Asia. He knew they were just getting [our] comedy over there and, sure enough, when we had a show there would be people standing in line around the block. If Louis believes in something, I know that he's going to make it spectacular."
Later this month, Pete Lee will return to Asia for a solo tour that he believes will be exciting, but not quite the same experience as he had last year.
"I don't think I'm going to fully realize just how much fun it was being on tour with those guys until I'm there by myself," he says. "I miss Tom and Chad like crazy, so I'm glad we all get to see each other again before I head overseas."
You might not be traveling to Asia anytime soon, but this week you have the chance to experience a little bit of Acme's Asia Tour from the comfort of Minneapolis.
IF YOU GO:
Minds of All Kinds comedy show and silent auction
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 7
Acme Comedy Co.