(Drew Saunders, Nov. 5, 2017)
Berkley, MI – Marc Price will be making people laugh at O’Mara’s Irish Pub in Berkley on Friday, November 10, at 8:00 p.m. There will be a $12 charge to get inside.
“Michigan is a place that is special to my heart. I started touring there back when I was a teenager,” Price told the Oakland County Times in an interview by phone. “One of the places I opened for Jay Leno was in Frasier.”
It was in 1987 that the then teenaged Price started performing stand up. But by then, Price had already spent most of the 1980’s on the sitcom Family Ties, staring alongside Michael J. Fox. He is the first to admit that most people remember him from his awkward teenage years on Family Ties. That’s why he’s calling his latest stand up tour his “awkward adult years.”
“I started to make comedy before I was actually on TV on Family Ties. A lot of people don’t know, but I actually started as a comedian.”
His well-practiced stand-up routine started in The Merv Griffin Show, a talk show that lasted from 1962 to 1986.
“I went on the Merv Griffin show as a little kid comedian,” Price said. “So they brought me into NBC and they kind of found Family Ties for me. I am very lucky that I was blessed with that opportunity.”
He has been touring a lot in recent years, having just gotten back to his home in Los Angeles from a 15 week comedy tour to do this interview. Now he’s ready to do it again.
Price said that he’s simply a comic at heart. Having been raised be an “old school comedian” father, he’s spent his whole life listening to comedians like “David Brenner and Robert Kline, Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno.”
“It’s like I’ve had this whole evolution of comedic upbringing from all the greats; from different times and generations and audiences,” He added, saying that he could adapt to different audiences because of that.
Price believes in the power of humor to bridge differences. Especially current political ones.
“Comedians [have] an important responsibility to allow people to laugh and reflect and emote and ponder,” Price said. “Right now laughter is such a healing mechanism in a world that’s so turbulent. It’s an important thing.”
For tickets call (248) 399-6750.