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Charles Grodin talks about his stage show, his prickly image and why he inspires songs




Charles Grodin is best known as a film and TV actor, on projects ranging from Candid Camera to Midnight Run to Beethoven. So he's as surprised as you that he's coming to St. Petersburg this weekend for ... a stage show.

“It’s a first for me, I tell you, the only time in memory that I’ve gone anywhere,” Grodin said. “This is the first time I’ve done this show and I’m actually going somewhere. I usually do it at charity fundraisers, things like that. Frankly, I was so flattered that a 2,000 seat theater asked me to appear there. That’s why I said yes.”

The 80-minute show is a comedic distillation of Grodin’s varied career, from playing memorable irritants in films like Heaven Can Wait and Ishtar, to a string of talk show appearances when Grodin always plays grouchy, making Johnny, Jay and Dave squirm. The show is 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater; tickets are $35-$40. Click here for details.

And click here for more of Steve Persall's interview with Charles Grodin -- including his take on The Future Kings of Nowhere's song Charles Grodin, You're My Hero.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 1:05pm]


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