Laugh In the New Year with Comedian Ralph Harris at the Liberty Funny Bone

Harris performs at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31

click to enlarge Ralph Harris - SAMANTHA ANNIS
Samantha Annis
Ralph Harris
Stand-up comedy and acting were not Ralph Harris’s first show business goals. “I wanted to be a clown, quite honestly,” he says. “I wanted to be in the circus.”

After seeing Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live in the mid-’80s, however, Harris decided he wanted to be a comedian. Like Murphy, he has also done a fair bit of acting, in both comedic and dramatic roles. Stand-up, though, is his true calling.

“I’ve never tried to be a comic that reads the newspaper and tries to outwit you or show you how smart I am,” Harris says.

To that end, Harris mixes observational comedy with impressions and characters. It’s this approach, he feels, that has kept him a headlining comedian for so many years.

“I figure if I talk to you about the things that I think about on a daily basis and keep it simple,” he says, “more than likely, you’ll get it.”

10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. $25-$55. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township,

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