Rosie O'Donnell plays McCurdy's Comedy Theatre in Sarasota

The comic and new area resident has sold-out five shows at McCurdy's

January 16, 2014 

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Shows by local stand-up comedians don't usually sell out so quickly.

But not too many local comedians are as famous or as funny as Rosie O'Donnell, who recently moved to the Sarasota area.

She'll be performing her first area shows this weekend. She has five shows scheduled Friday through Sunday at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre. But all five shows completely sold out not long after tickets went on sale.

O'Donnell has done pretty much everything someone can do in show biz, from hosting radio and television talk shows and being a VH1 veejay to writing books and publishing magazines and acting in major motion pictures. But she got her start as a stand-up comic. Her big break came in 1984 when she appeared on "Star Search."

She made her film debut in 1992, with "A League of Their Own," with Tom Hanks, Madonna and Geena Davis.

She started her popular and Emmy-winning daytime talk show four years later. She became known as "The Queen of Nice," but she seemed to relish occasional forays into controversy, and her outspokenness later helped revive "The View."

But, at heart, she's a really funny comedian. If you had the foresight to get tickets early to one of her shows at McCurdy's, you'll no doubt see for yourself.

Details: Jan. 17-19, McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: Sold out. Information: 941-925-3869, www.mccurdyscomedy.com.

-- Marty Clear

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