John DeBoer

"I'm a backwards snowbird," says comedian and Minnesota native John DeBoer. "I'm generally up [in Minnesota] from November through April, and then down here in Florida for the summer. I have it ass-backwards." Blame the inner workings of the comedy business. During the winter, DeBoer is in demand performing at corporate and community functions that pay well. Come summertime, that dries up. "People are out at the lakes and playing softball with the kids." However, warmer weather means club dates around the U.S. for DeBoer, meaning he can deliver a slightly edgier set. "In January and February corporate gigs are 90 percent of my bookings, but I'm a standup comic. I'm not a corporate function act. At that point, you might as well be lumped in with magicians and motivational speakers." Still, he enjoys the more formal shows, if only for the odd things that happen. "A lady in Atlanta hired me for her husband's 65th birthday," he says. "The lady got so drunk that she ended up falling back in her chair, breaking her glass, and hitting her head, right on my closing bit." Onstage, DeBoer tries to impart wisdom based on his life experiences. "My parents' divorce was fun, they had a divorce ceremony. Seriously. They wanted it to be special. They wanted this one to last," he says. Even after that, his father still tried to tell him where he should be at this point in life. "He said, 'Son, by the time I was your age I had kids, a wife, a job, and a house.' Hate to burst your bubble, but you hate your job, your kids are pinheads, and your wife took your house." Comedian Shannon Thompson opens.
June 6-8, 8 p.m.; June 7-8, 10:30 p.m., 2013

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801 Sibley Memorial Highway
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