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'Skippy and the Comedy Warrior' comes to Strand

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Marc Price will be performing in the comedy show “Skippy and theComedy Warrior” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Strand Theatre.
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Joe Kashnow, who was featured in the movie “Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Comedy,” will be performing along with Marc Price at the Strand Theatre.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Marc Price, perhaps best known for his role as “Skippy” in the 1980s television show “Family Ties,” and veteran Joe Kashnow are traveling all over the country during a 30-city comedy tour.

On Saturday, the duo hits the Strand Theatre stage for a 7:30 p.m. show called “Skippy and the Comedy Warrior.”

General admission is $25 with a $5 discount for veterans. Tickets are available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com and Mickey’s T-Mart, 748 S. Harrison St., in Shelbyville. Tickets purchased at brownpapertickets.com will include a service fee.

Kashnow, who lost his leg from a roadside bomb in Iraq, was featured in the movie “Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Comedy,” in which he and another veteran, Bobby Henline, were mentored by comedians such as Bob Saget, Lewis Black and Zach Galifianakis. This tour is a follow-up to that experience, Price said.

Price became involved with the tour through the producer of the movie, who is a friend.

“We really have a special show,” Price said. “The idea is we offer something for everyone.”

Price grew up in comedy clubs. His father was a comedian who brought his son to the clubs he worked.

Price started touring in clubs in the early 1980s, opening for famous comedians including Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams. It’s how he was discovered for “Family Ties,” he said.

“I’ve been doing this a long time,” said Price.

Now, he’s passing along the lessons he learned growing up from his father to Kashnow and Henline, who also performs at some venues. The trio’s tour is set up so that the venue can choose which comedian performs. The Strand’s show will feature Price and Kashnow.

Kashnow lost his leg in 2005, two years after being wounded from a roadside bomb. He’s been performing since 2012, when he won an open mic competition at Magooby’s Comedy Club in Maryland.

“We are proud that this show is relevant,” Price said. “Even young audiences that don’t know ‘Family Ties’ will enjoy the show.”

Adding that both Kashnow and Henline have a “sick and dark sense of humor,” he suggested that the show on Saturday is best for young adults and older.

“The show is focusing on Joe,” Price said. “That’s the most important thing. It has an inspirational aspect as well.”