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Hollywood Comedy Comes to Centralia Saturday

June 6, 2014

By Dameon Pesanti, The Chronicle, Centralia, Wash.

June 06--Ben Gleib thinks the world is a ridiculous place, and he can't wait to tell you about it.

On Saturday night, he will.

Centralia will get a taste of nationally recognized stand-up comedy during the comedian, actor and TV host's performance at 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.

It's the latest in an effort by Hub City Comedy, owned by Gabe Botten, to bring laughs to Lewis County.

Best known as the voice the of Marshall in "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and from his appearances alongside Chelsea Handler on her TV show, "Chelsea Lately," Gleib has toured non-stop as a comedian for the past 10 years.

His schedule is relentless. He squeezes in at least two live shows per month between television appearances.

When The Chronicle spoke with him on Wednesday, he was at the Kaneohe Bay Hawaii Marine Corps Base, signing posters to hand out to troops.

"I fly back from Hawaii Friday morning, leave L.A. Saturday morning for Centralia, then leave there to be at the airport by 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning to shoot a sitcom pilot back in L.A.," he said.

Comedians typically spend months honing their routines, first coming up with jokes then trying them in front of different audiences to find a universal laugh, but Gleib's approach is unique in that he prefers to interact with his audiences and let the performance grow organically.

For most people, the idea of being on stage without any clear idea of what you're supposed to do is paralyzing, but for Gleib it's the fuel that keeps him going.

"I started in the very beginning with super-scripted bits, written word for word," he said. "Now, it's always unique and I like to find something new and work around the crowd. It's like a highwire act, your fear of falling in the moment will push you to think of funny ways to make your point."

Working around the crowd is kind of a loaded phrase. If you're near the front, odds are he's going to poke fun at you.

"If you sit in the front of my audience you better be able to take a joke, they'll definitely be coming at you," he said.

Gleib will be the headliner during the event Saturday night, which will be hosted by Lukas Seely and will also feature performer Mitch Burrows.

Tickets are available online at for $18 each. They will cost $20 at the door.


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