Ken Dahleen has inked Fritz Coleman to do stand-up on the deck of Uncle B’s Smokin’ Bar-b-que. Coleman’s Saturday, July 9, appearance kicks off a comedy series Dahleen plans to hold throughout the summer.
Coleman appears in two shows, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. Coleman previously regaled Idyllwild audiences emceeing a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony several years ago. “I first brought him to Idyllwild, and he loves it here,” said Dahleen. “That’s why he wanted to come back.”
The NBC-4 Los Angeles weathercaster is an accomplished comedian, having done stand-up for decades at The Improv, the Ice House and other Southern California comedy clubs. Coleman has appeared for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” and on several Bob Hope specials.
Coleman has said that Carson and Hope were his comedy heroes. Coleman has appeared in series and specials NBC-4 has aired over the years, including “Fritz and Friends” and “The Perils of Parenting.” Coleman has won four Los Angeles-area Emmy Awards for his work.
Coleman has been the full-time “weathercaster” for NBC-4 since 1984, having been part of the longest-running evening news team in the Los Angeles area — with Chuck Henry, Coleen Williams and Fred Roggin.
Dahleen will sell tickets, presale only, at the restaurant beginning Friday, July 1. Tickets are $10. Jimmy Burns, the “Teacher Comedian,” opens for Coleman at both shows. Burns, an ex-teacher turned stand-up comedian, has guested with Brad Garret, George Lopez and Arsenio Hall, and has appeared at many of the same comedy venues in Los Angeles at which Coleman has appeared.
Seating is limited. Uncle B’s is located at 54241 Ridgeview Drive.