Funnyman Louie Anderson's talents have shone on stage and screen through the years.
Region fans will get a sample of his wit when Anderson brings his stand up comedy routine to the area this weekend. The comedian will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.
Anderson, who jumped into the public eye when he debuted his stand-up act on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson in 1984, will be offering audiences a slice of his hysterical material featuring everything from longtime classic jokes to anecdotes from his newest special "The Big Baby Boomer Show."
"I'm going to be talking about food, being fat, and being over 50 - all the 'F' words," Anderson said, during a telephone interview last week.
The comedian's routine is always jam-packed with stories of his family, growing up in a Minnesota household with 11 children, weight issues, material about his mom and dad and much more.
"People can look forward to a real mix, the old, the new and in between," he said.
Anderson said he's inspired in his comedy by many situations and topics.
"My inspiration is coming more and more from the way I feel and the gratitude I feel. The older you get the more humility you have," he said. He now looks back and thinks "my parents did a great job having to raise 11 children." Anderson is the 10th of 11 siblings.
The comedian, known for always working "clean" and not easily going for the risque, said it's often a challenge to be successful working in that vein.
"It's so much easier to be cynical," he said, adding he strives to deliver his comic material in the most "palatable way" so most everyone can be on board with it.
Anderson said he enjoys touring his act around the country and likes performing in the region.
"I love it there. I'm there about 1 to 3 times a year, he said about the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area. "I have a lot of fans there."
Through the years, Anderson has drawn fans with a multitude of projects including his role as host of "Family Feud" from 1999 to 2002, various network series appearances, film work, the animated show "Life with Louie," books he's written and more.
Anderson is now involved in filming the series "Splash," formerly known as "Celebrity Diving." The show will debut March 19 on ABC.
"It's very challenging. But I feel like it's a gift to me because I want to get in shape and eat better," he said. Recently, while filming the show, Anderson had a horrendous experience while practicing his diving.
"Ndamukong Suh (who's also a contestant) and Greg Louganis brought me out of the water," Anderson said, adding a lot of water went up his nose causing him to choke and nearly drown.
Asked if the incident was a funny antic by a talented comedian, Anderson said "it was serious." The comic said there'll be opportunities for the public to cast their vote for contestants on the show and he hopes for many votes.
For Anderson, his career in comedy is still something that keeps him going.
"After 34 years, I feel like I did when I was starting out. I feel excited and feel I've never been better doing what I do."
Anderson's special "Big Baby Boomer Show" is currently on DVD. The comic also has an apparel line, featuring shirts and soon slacks, called Louie's Big and Easy.