Comedian Scott Hansen to perform in New Ulm on Friday

NEW ULM – Comedian Scott Hansen will be in New Ulm on Friday as part of his farewell tour from his nearly four-decade career in stand-up comedy.

Hansen has been a mainstay of the Minnesota and regional stand-up comedy circuit since the late 1970s. He started with a core group of comedians, including Louie Anderson, that performed stand-up a small Minneapolis bar named Mickey Finn’s. Hansen decided to stay in Minnesota despite numerous offers from major networks because he did not want to uproot his family. However, he garnered a close connection and even some admiration from comedians like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. He received the Minnesota Comedian of the Year award five times.

He also made a career of managing comedy bars and clubs around the region, especially in Minnesota. His business owned T.J. Finnegan’s in Mankato for years, running a comedy night. At his agency’s peak, it managed 35 locations across the country.

He even had a minor hand in helping with the start of the Minnesota-grown, bad film mocking show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Its creator, Joel Hodgson, generated the idea for it from a variety show he did during his start in one of Hansen’s clubs. The two worked together on a few pilots, including the efforts that spawned the show.

Hansen created two pilots for Comedy Central during his career: “Access America” and “Seriously Weird Magazine,” which starred Hodgson.

The Friday show in New Ulm will be part of Hansen’s final, year-long tour because he is retiring from active stand-up comedy. He decided to slow down due to ongoing health concerns related to a back injury. He plans to focus on running his businesses and organizing corporate events instead of the heavy work and travel of stand-up.

Hansen focuses his stand-up on mocking the rich comedy that is generated by Minnesotans’ various habits and idiosyncrasies. He also likes to use audience participation. A receptive audience can influence the entire show. He looks forward to performing in New Ulm because small towns are often more receptive and because he can use German in routines with an audience that would understand the language.

The show will be held on Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. at the New Ulm Country Club. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and show are $34.95 in advance and $39.95 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at jmoniz@nujournal.com)

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