Aug. 22--DURHAM -- Comedian Lily Tomlin, actor-musician Hugh Laurie and the return of North Carolina Comicon are among the highlights of the Carolina Theatre's fall season.
Tomlin, a recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, will perform Oct. 10. Other comics who will perform at the theater are Sandra Bernhard (Oct. 11), "The Late, Late Show" star Craig Ferguson (Nov. 21) and "Nerdist" host Chris Hardwick (Nov. 8).
Laurie is best know for his extensive work in the film ("Sense and Sensibility") and television ("House M.D."). At the Carolina, Laurie will perform songs from his recently released recording "Didn't It Rain," which includes the music of W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton and other American blues pioneers. Laurie will perform Nov. 1.
Last year, N.C. Comicon brought together writers, actors, visual artists, lots of comic books, and plenty of visitors in costume. The Carolina Theatre and the Durham Convention Center will host the annual convention Nov. 8-10.
Songwriter and composer Leon Russell kicks off an eclectic season of music Thursday. Russell and Elton John recently collaborated on the recording "The Union." In his long career, he has worked with Joe Cocker, George Harrison and countless other musicians. Guitarist Dickey Betts, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers, will perform Aug. 30 with his band Great Southern.
Other musicians who will perform during the season are Cheap Trick (Sept. 17), Ani DiFranco (Sept. 27), Ben Rector (Oct. 20), Colin Meloy (Nov. 6), The Red Clay Ramblers (Nov. 15) and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Nov. 16).
Below are some more events from the fall season. For tickets and information, call 919-560-3030 or visit www.carolinatheatre.org.
Sept. 8. Bull City Music Awards Show
Sept. 19. John Scofield and Uberjam Band
Sept. 21. John Brown Band and Terence Blanchard
Sept. 24. Joe Satriani
Sept. 28. Anthony Jeselnik
Oct 12. Vienna Teng
Oct. 22. Colin Quinn's "Unconstitutional"
Oct. 30. Celtic Thunder
Nov. 2. Spencers: Theatre of Illusion
Nov. 30. Edwin McCain.
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