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Spotlight Article
Date: 2015-08-09
Article Title: Comedians Arsenio Hall and Craig Robinson to Appear at Zanies during Month of August
Article: Zanies will certainly be a hot spot during the month of August as appearances by two popular comedians will take the stage. Arsenio Hall, an American actor and comedian, is scheduled to appear at Zanies from August 21-23. His long and successful career as an actor and first black late-night talk show host on The Arsenio Hall Show have helped establish him as one of the preeminent and versatile celebrities today. His career began in Chicago and then Los Angeles when he tried out stand-up comedy and was soon "discovered," later opening for Aretha Franklin and others. During that time, he also and made a couple of appearances on Soul Train. In 1984, he was the announcer/sidekick for Alan Thicke during the short-lived talk show Thicke of the Night (a role for which he has on occasion noted his confusion with Monty Hall). He went on to appear in the 1980s film "Coming to America" and "Harlem Nights," but he is best known as the first black late-night talk show host. His groundbreaking talk show The Arsenio Hall Show which ran from 1989-1994.
  Actor/comedian Craig Robinson will take the stage at Zanies from August 27-30. Best known as Darryl Philbin on the Emmy-winning “The Office” on NBC, where he portrays acerbic Dunder-Mifflin employee, he first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal “Just For Laughs” Festival. That year, he also won the Oakland Comedy Festival Awards and the Miller Genuine Draft 1996 Comedy Search. He soon went on to perform his act on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Now headlining venues and festivals across the country, he does both solo acts as well as full-band sets – “The Nasty Delicious” – tying together his lyrical comedy with his finesse at the piano.
  For more information or to purchase tickets, to either of the upcoming shows, contact the Zanies Nashville Box Office at 615-269-0221 or visit