Royal Comedy Tour comes to UNO Lakefront Arena

Barri Bronston

Special to theadvocate.com

D.L. Hughley
D.L. Hughley

OK, let’s face it. Super Bowl weekend is upon us, and there is no shortage of entertainment, from concerts and benefits to parades and festivals.

But it is very likely that none will draw laughs quite like The Royal Comedy Tour, which kicks off its 25-city journey Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at the UNO Lakefront Arena.

Billed as the world’s longest-running urban comedy tour, the show aims to celebrate the comedians of old – think Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson and Redd Foxx – and showcase the comics considered the voices of the industry today.

“It gives us an opportunity to discuss issues of today from our perspective,” said Sommore, one of the four comedians who comprise the tour. “There is nothing like hearing what we as comedians think is funny. When all is said and done, people will always appreciate funny. And on this tour, we will consistently be coming with ‘the funny.’ “

Sommore joins D. L. Hughley, Bruce Bruce and Tony Rock on this year’s tour, described in press material as “raw, without regrets, full of real in your face emotion.” Following in the tradition of the Def Comedy Jam and Comic View, The Royal Comedy Tour has been on the scene since 2009, showcasing the talents of some of the world’s funniest folks.

One need only look at the resumes of the stars to realize the caliber of talent that will grace the Lakefront Arena stage Saturday night.

Sommore, whose real name is Lori Ann Rambough, is the original Queen of Comedy, dating back to the Queens of Comedy tour in 2000. She has appeared in various shows, including Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s “Live From LA” and “Showtime At The Apollo.” Winner of a Richard Pryor Award for Comic of the Year, she has appeared in such films as “Soul Plane,” “A Miami Tail,” “Friday After Next” and “Something New,” and on television, in “The Hughleys,” “The Parkers,” and “Politcally Incorrect with Bill Maher.”

Bruce Bruce is known for his improvisation skills and larger than life comedic style. He has hosted “BET’s 10th Anniversary Comic View,” and “Coming to the Stage,” as well as his own “Comedy Central Presents” special. He has appeared in such films as “Hair Show,” “The Wash,” “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” and “Think Like a Man.” He recently released his first book “Baby James Brown” from Penguin Publishing.

Rock, younger brother of actor and comedian Chris Rock, is a regular at New York’s most famous comedy clubs – Comic Strip, Caroline’s and Stand-Up New York among them. He is a popular presence on the Los Angeles comedy scene, as well, appearing regularly at The Improv and The Comedy Union. He hosts Chocolate Sundays at The Laugh Factory and is currently host of BET’s “Apollo Live.”

Hughley is best known as the star of the ABC/UPN sitcom “The Hughleys” and as one of the four comedians featured in the Spike Lee film “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He has been the host of CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News” and a correspondent for the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He has also been a guest host on the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

Tickets to The Royal Comedy Tour are $65 and up and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.