Coming ho-ho-home: Louie Anderson vs. Lizz Winstead

Catching up with two Minnesota-raised comics who are putting on competing New Year’s Eve shows.


Acclaimed comedian Louie Anderson will usher in the new year with two shows at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

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You can’t beat the Minnesota Nice out of Louie Anderson or Lizz Winstead. He lives in Los Angeles, she in New York, but both have made a tradition out of coming home every holiday season to perform shows on New Year’s Eve.

They may each spend most of their lives cracking wise, but it’s tough to coax either to say anything nasty about the other. So instead of drawing blood in advance of Anderson’s “Laugh Out Loud New Year’s Eve” at Burnsville Performing Arts Center and Winstead’s “The Windbag Beneath My Wings” year-in-review show at Cedar Cultural Center, we had to settle for gentle razzing.


Q: What else do you and Lizz have in common besides being hilarious and from Minnesota?

A: The way we dress. You can always pick either of us out of a crowd because we both have a fierce sense of style.


Q: What’s your favorite thing about Lizz?

A: I know if it came down to it she would help me bury the bodies.


Q: Why should people go to your show instead of hers?

A: I’m much softer than her. Physically. Also I’m not as smart, so you can be dumb and still enjoy my show. And the only woman’s issue I’ll be taking on is my mother.

Q: What are your must-stop places when you come back home?

A: Well, I’m on this health stuff, so let’s talk about where I won’t be going. Rudolph’s BBQ, Market BBQ. I’ll be turning in my bacon wedge salad for kale and my strawberry banana smoothie for two shots of wheat grass.


Q: Now what about your crazy dive on the ABC reality show “Splash” last spring?

A: Here’s what I was really thinking up there. I was completely out of breath because I had to walk up those stairs. I assumed there was going to be some sort of elevator. I had to really convince myself to jump because I’m really afraid of heights, and what did it for me was thinking of having to walk back down those stairs. If it had been a chocolate fountain of stairs, I would have been willing.



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  • Lizz Winstead

    What: “The Windbag Beneath My Wings,” 2013 in review.

    When: 8 p.m. Sat. and Tue.

    Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Av. S., Mpls.

    Tickets: $40.

    Louie Anderson

    What: Laugh Out Loud New Year’s Eve.

    When: 7:30 p.m. Tue.

    Where: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Av. S., Burnsville.

    Tickets: $41-$112.

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