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Last Comic Standing finalist coming to downtown Clarksburg

CLARKSBURG — The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center is bringing the national touring stand-up comedian Michael Palascak to downtown Clarksburg, Feb. 18 at the historic Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, 444 W. Pike St.

Tickets start at $13 and went on sale to friends of the Robinson Grand on Tuesday. They will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday. All tickets can be purchased online at tickets.therobinsongrand.com or by calling the Robinson Grand ticketing center at 855-773-6283.

Palascak, a comedian who grew up in Wabash, Ind., has performed on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” In addition, his résumé includes “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” “Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” Conan, and his own Comedy Central special.

Palascak was also a Top 5 finalist on Last Comic Standing, where one judge said, “My first impression of Michael was great likability. This is a guy that could star in a sitcom.”

“Michael Palascak is a comedian who has arrived but is also still on the rise,” said Jason A. Young, the Robinson Grand’s program manager. “He has a massive online presence through Dry Bar Comedy, and most of our fans will probably know him from YouTube and Instagram.”

Drew Hunt of The Chicago Reader wrote about Palascak, “In a lot of ways, he represents the ideal antidote to the sort of unbridled cynicism that pervades much of contemporary stand-up.”

Palascak’s optimism continues in the new National Lampoon YouTube series The Bright Side where he takes a positive stand on a negative topic.

“The bottom line for me is Michael Palascak makes me laugh, and I guarantee he will make our audience laugh,” said Young. “We had the opportunity to book him, we took it and I am really glad we did.”

Consistently writing and performing, Palascak recently released both a new album, “The Internet Live” through 800 Pound Gorilla, and a new stand-up special on the Dry Bar app, 1984.