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Brad Garrett

RAHWAY –  Stand-up comedy never stood so tall as “Everybody Loves Raymond’s” famous wisecracker shows why he’s one of today’s funniest stars.  Emmy Award winner Brad Garrett returns to his stand up comedy roots live on stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center at Rahway for one performance on Sunday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

Standing 6’8″ in his bare feet, Brad Garrett has never been short on talent. Three-time Emmy Award-winner on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and star of the new Fox television sitcom “‘Til Death.”

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Garrett, raised in Woodland Hills, California, was born on April 14, 1960.  After high school graduation, he began performing his stand-up act at various Los Angeles comedy clubs, getting his start at the Ice House in Pasadena and The Improv in Hollywood.  His first appearance – at age 23, on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” made him one of the youngest comedians ever to perform on the program.

From this appearance, Garrett’s stand-up career took off, garnering him headlining gigs at national venues as well as opening spots for legends, including Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis Jr.  In 1989, The Las Vegas Review Journal named Garrett the “Best Comedian” working on the Strip.

At this point, Garrett made his foray into the world of television.  Garrett’s television guest roles range from stints on “Roseanne” and “Mad About You,” to his trademark role of the obsessive mechanic on “Seinfeld” (you may remember him stealing Jerry’s Saab in order to teach him a lesson about poor auto maintenance).

Brad Garrett played Ray Romano’s big brother Robert on the hit CBS series “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which has earned him five Emmy nominations and in 2002, 2003 and 2005 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Garrett’s voice-over work includes giving life to Fatso, the ghost in the 1995 mega-hit feature “Casper,” and can be heard playing the part of Dim, the rhinoceros beetle, in the Pixar/Disney feature, “A Bug’s Life” and Bloat the blowfish in Pixar/Disney’s, “Finding Nemo.”

In 2002, Garrett played Jackie Gleason in the critically acclaimed CBS film, “Gleason,” for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Movie or Miniseries.  He starred in Disney’s hit comedy, “The Pacifier,” Warner Bros., “Music and Lyrics,” with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore and on Broadway in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.”  He can be heard in Fox’s “Night at the Museum,” Disney’s “Underdog,” and Pixar’s Academy Award winning animated film, “Ratatouille.”

Tickets range $35 to $65 and may be purchased by calling the UCPAC box office at 1-732-499-8226 or visit www.ucpac.org.  The evening’s performance is not suitable for minors or sensitive individuals.


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