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Don Friesen… Husband. Dad. Idiot.  His kids think he’s fun.  His wife thinks he’s an idiot.  Showtime thinks he’s the next big thing. 

SHOWTIME presents “Ask Your Mom” starring comedian Don Friesen.  In the new stand-up special, he captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around.  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says “Friesen will leave a lasting comic impression,” and describes him as “offbeat, satirical, self-deprecating and slightly out of control.”  Friesen’s act is a playful, high-energy spoof of his life as a modern suburban dad trying to get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact.  He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest technology, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, cell phones, IMing and texting.  

Friesen recently took his smart, savvy, and highly-caffeinated comedy to the stage at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif., for the taping of his new Showtime one-hour special titled "Ask Your Mom."  In his first nationally released concert special, Friesen lights up the stage with an engaging blend of wit and physicality that connects with audiences from all walks of life.  It’s that rare comedy special that is adult-smart yet family-friendly--a show that has enough edge and energy to kill in nightclubs, but still manages to be clean and universal enough for all ages.

It’s not often that you see “Showtime” and “clean comedy” in the same sentence, but the network typically known more for provocative fare loved what they saw in Friesen so much that they felt compelled to offer him a coveted one-hour special.  Call it counter-programming or just call it flat out funny.  Showtime’s instincts appear to have paid off as Friesen delivers a refreshing hour of clever, true-to-life “he’s talking about my family up there” comedy that manages to bring the house down without ever being caustic or mean-spirited.  “Ask your Mom” is Friesen’s first extended foray into America’s living rooms, and if this concert special is any indication, he’s here to stay.

The Times Picayune declares Friesen “One of the best up and coming comedians in the country,” and the Reno Gazette-Journal says “Friesen is one comic you won’t want to miss.”  Friesen is the only two-time winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, which has been around for 36 years, and whose past finalists boast luminaries such as Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, Sinbad, and Dane Cook.  He has opened for the Counting Crows and the Goo Goo Dolls and is a favorite on the KLOS Five O’clock Funnies.  Don is also one of the most requested comics on XM Sirius satellite radio, and has appeared on numerous television shows including “Live at Gotham,” “Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black,” and “The Best of Comics Unleashed.”

 

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