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Radio show inspires live tour.

Byline: Serena Markstrom The Register-Guard

Radio hosts Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold have many, many friends, among them comedians, musicians, authors and the occasional psychic.

Riding the wave of their popular syndicated radio show, `The Bob & Tom Show,' four of those friends will appear at the Hult Center tonight.

The nationwide `Friends of the Bob & Tom Show' tour includes a variety of regular guests. Eugene will host Drew Hastings, Mike Birbiglia, Pat Godwin and Henry Phillips for at least two hours of comedy and music.

Hastings has an opinionated style. He delivers classic stand-up, mixed with stories, anecdotes and material from his current one-man show. He has appeared on "The Tonight Show" and HBO. When not touring, he splits his time between Los Angeles and his farm in southern Ohio.

Another stand-up guy, Birbiglia, has attracted rave reviews - and he's only 26. The New York Press wrote he is "maybe the funniest up-and-coming comedian out there."

His fascination with pizza and panda bears shows up in his act, and he pokes fun at everything from race to weight issues.

The other two performers mix comedy and music.

Godwin didn't begin as a comic singer, but he found his true calling after he started incorporating humor into his songs, according to his press biography.

He considers his new comedy album, "Under the Bed," his greatest achievement. It contains highly requested songs such as "Gangsta Folk" and "Nobody Speaks English, Anymore."

Phillips has performed his songs and stories on Comedy Central, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Late Friday." His CDs fuse mellow, folk-rock ballads with taboo-smashing lyrics that have earned him mention in Billboard magazine's "Critic's Choice."


Friends of the Bob

and Tom Show

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street

Tickets: $24, available online at www.hultcenter .org or by calling 682-5000
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 29, 2005
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