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John Roy

Nov. 23
7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Daily from Nov. 24-25
7 p.m.
Nov. 24
9:30 p.m.
$16-$23
Comedy

Comedian John Roy has had a few big life experiences since he last visited the Twin Cities. “I had a pacemaker put in,” he reports. “I had heart surgery when I was a kid, and there were some complications.” He’s fine now, he just looks a little different. “With the pacemaker I have to take blood thinners, so I didn’t want to shave my head anymore,” he explains. “I grew a beard and it came in gray. I didn’t know I was going to look like Tim Allen in the The Santa Clause.” He’s also dressing differently. “I used to wear concert tees and hoodies onstage, but when you have a gray beard you can’t wear that without looking like an oyster farmer. If they wanted guys my age to wear graphic T-shirts, they’d make ones for Turbo Tax and Hardball with Chris Matthews.” Onstage, he’s doing some material from his last album, Everything’s Burning, along with newer material. “I talk about racism, because that’s a problem won’t go away,” he says. “I wish those jokes were no longer relevant.”