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Laugh out loud [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]

September 4, 2013


if you go Event: Chris Kattan and Friends, stand-up comedy Time/ date: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 Site: Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino, Port of Dubuque Cost: $27-$37 All Diamond Jo shows are 21 and older.Chris Kattan isn't a man of too many words. But of the select ones he uses, he's been able to fashion a comedic empire.

The comedian and actor best known for his work on "Saturday Night Live" will perform a stand-up comedy show Friday, Sept. 6, at the Mississippi Moon Bar.

It's new territory for Kattan, whose memorable characters from his time on "SNL" include Mr. Peepers, Mango, Azrael Abyss, Kyle DeMarco of The DeMarco Brothers, Suel Forresters and most notably one half of the Butabi Brothers, which he created with fellow "SNL" cast member Will Ferrell.

The duo hit legendary status for the their trademark head- bobbing to the anthem, "What is Love?," and would continue the shtick in the movie, "A Night at the Roxbury."

"This is my first time doing stand-up," Kattan said in a phone interview. "I got my start at The Groundlings in improv and sketch comedy in Los Angeles. From there, I auditioned for 'SNL,' and it was really pretty basic."

Plucking much of its talent roster from the ranks of improv troupes like The Groundlings and Chicago's Second City, "SNL" cast Kattan in 1995, along with Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, also were members of The Groundlings.

For the next eight years, Kattan's original characters and memorable impersonations alongside cast mates like Norm Macdonald, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyer, Darrell Hammond, Tim Meadows and Molly Shannon would help create such infamous skits as the Goth Kids and the classic "More Cowbell," featuring Christopher Walken.

Kattan left the show in 2003. He made a guest appearance on "SNL's" Christmas show, hosted by Fallon, and on the final episode of "SNL's" 37th season.

"It was a good time - a great time," Kattan said of his experience on the show. "It's a very hard question to answer immediately, on what stood out to me as the most memorable. Most every moment was great. From impersonating Antonio Banderas and Ricky Martin to Al Pacino, it was all great."

Kattan went on to land a supporting role in "The Middle," as well as guest-starring on an episode of "How I Met Your Mother." He also was featured in a Diet Pepsi MAX commercial during Super Bowl XLII that featured "What is Love?" and many actors performing the Butabi head-bob.

Kattan's stand-up show, which also will include comedians Josh Arnold and Tim Sullivan, has been selling out throughout the country. He's also working on a new show, debuting next season.

"The stand-up show has gotten a great response, selling out everywhere, so it's been a lot of fun, and it's very exciting," Kattan said. "It's a different muscle and one that I've really enjoyed using the last couple of years. That's where I'm at. I'm really looking forward to being able to connect with my fans and new audiences."

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