Craig Shoemaker has become synonymous in comedy circles with The Lovemaster, his baritone mocking of male pickup artistes. The bit was turned into a feature film (costarring George Wendt) of the same name in 1998, winning the Independent Film Festival best picture award in Los Angeles.
In 2001, Shoemaker got personal with his autobiographical theater piece, Who's Your Daddy?, a funny, poignant look at his lifelong pursuit to find a father figure.
Shoemaker also was in Scream 2, hosted the ABC special Real Funny and frequently appears on Hollywood Squares. He performs five shows this weekend at Side Splitters Comedy Club: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 for all shows.
Side Splitters is in Cascades Plaza, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For information or reservations, call (813) 960-1197.
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