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Tom Rhodes 

10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 22
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are Comedy Central's twin guffaw Brokaws, but Tom Rhodes was their anonymous antecedent. The easygoing funnyman with the Mister Ed mane signed the first-ever contract with the fledgling cable enterprise in 1994, back when Colbert was still an avowed liberal writing for Dana Carvey and Stewart was a no-name stoner landing bit parts like "rollerblader" in films like Mixed Nuts. While The Daily Show shot to Nielsen superstardom, bankrolling the channel and putting its stars on the laugh-track fast track, Rhodes took the road more traveled by midlevel comedians: a creatively bankrupt NBC sitcom (Mr. Rhodes) and a short-lived (but well-received) late-night talk show in the Netherlands (The Kevin Masters Show Starring Tom Rhodes). His international popularity resulted in a steady stream of gigs in countries on four continents, making this booking in the French Quarter — his second in the past two years — a fitting chapter in a giddy global travelogue. Standup NOLA's Wild Bill Dykes opens. Tickets $12 advance purchase, $15 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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