If you’re a familiar with Dutch television, you might know American comedian Tom Rhodes as the host of his own late night talk show. For five years he hosted a chat show in the Netherlands and is still widely recognized there. The whole thing came about quite by accident.
“I had a sitcom on NBC (Mr. Rhodes), and I lived in New York City for a couple of years,” he says. “I was a little fed up with American show business and I fell in love with this Dutch girl.” He wound up in Amsterdam, but the relationship fizzled.
“I grew up worshipping Johnny Carson and David Letterman, and to be the guy coming out from behind the curtain in the $2,000 suit and be standing on the mark and do your five minute monologue — it was the same format — was one of the best experiences of my life.”
Rhodes still performs in Europe (he has a new Dutch girlfriend), as well as cities all over the world. “I’ve been trying to develop a comedy travel show,” he says. “The way Anthony Bourdain goes around checking out food, I want to check out comedy scenes.”
Rhodes performs at Go Bananas in Montgomery Thursday through Sunday. Showtime is 8 p.m. with 10:15 performances Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10-$15. $5 Thursday with college or military ID.
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