Billy Gardell on Playing Col. Tom Parker, Mike & Molly and Early Standup Days

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Billy Gardell

Nov. 12th

Paramount Theatre


(630) 896-6666

Whether you recognize him as the lovable Mike from CBS’s 13-million-viewers-per-week Mike & Molly, know him as Umpire Haze in the baseball comedy Undrafted or remember his, let’s say, unforgettable scene with Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa, Billy Gardell knows how to bring funny to the screen – and stage. On top of his wildly successful acting career, Billy’s toured his one-man stand-up comedy show for years, cracking his audiences up with totally relatable stories of childhood, wild teenage years and raising a family. His It’s not only his live crowds that love him, though; Comedy Central and Showtime have both premiered his stand-up specials on air, broadcasting Billy’s shows to millions of fans around the country. Get ready for joke after joke when he takes the spotlight (and stool) on the Paramount stage.

His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are