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Showman Brings Variety Show to Macey Center

SOCORRO, N.M. October 21, 2013 – Professional showman Andy Gross has to be seen – and heard – to be believed; so prepare to be amazed when the master entertainer takes the stage at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center on Friday, Nov. 1, in a Performing Arts Series event.

“Andy Gross’s Mindboggling Variety Show,” which also features world-class, veteran comedy juggler Fred Anderson, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. as part of the regular PAS subscription series.

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 Andy Gross brings his multiple talents to Socorro

“Andy Gross is right up there as one of the most talented stage performers the PAS has had the honor of bringing to New Mexico Tech and Socorro,” said Ronna Kalish, PAS director. “He’s a professional showman in every sense of the word, with a bag of tricks designed to appeal to all ages.”

Gross, a California native, has earned a reputation as one of the hottest stand-up comics, magicians and ventriloquists working today, as evidenced by his sold-out shows and devoted fans.

He performs over 150 shows a year at comedy clubs, in Las Vegas, aboard cruise ships, at Fortune 500 corporate events, colleges and performing arts theaters. Among the magician’s most famous acts is the split-man illusion, which makes him appear as if he cut himself in half.

“Andy has appeared on national television, including an NBC special several years ago that showcased his amazing talents,” Kalish said. “He is widely respected by his peers in the entertainment industry, and critics from colleges to corporate events have praised his performances. And his onstage rapport with the comedic juggler, Fred Anderson, is the icing on the entertainment cake.”

Gross is the only entertainer that currently combines stand-up comedy with magic and ventriloquism, genres that fed into vaudeville variety shows, one of the most popular types of stage entertainment in North America for several decades. In fact, the comedic style of ventriloquism is considered fairly modern, dating back to the earliest days of Vaudeville in the late 19th century.

“Andy’s quick wit and ad-libs during his stand-up routines are frequently compared to comedians such as Don Rickles and Robin Williams,” Kalish said, adding that few people can throw their voices like Gross can.

“His voice throwing is the best in the business,” she said, one of the reasons this multi-talented performer is sought after for corporate events.

And how’s this for an achievement? At the age of 15, the teen-age Andy Gross became the youngest professional racquetball player in the history of the sport, when racquetball was at its peak in popularity.

He won more professional tournaments in Southern California than any player in the history of the sport. Together with his brother David, who was also a pro, Andy won over 60 first-place doubles tournaments. He remained on the pro tour until he retired at age 26 to devote himself full-time to entertainment.

Gross is married and the father of four children, a son and three daughters who are following in their father’s entertainment footsteps.

Sponsors for Andy Gross’s Mindboggling Variety Show are Don and Rosie Tripp, the New Mexico Tech Graduate Student Association, Survice Engineering, Pepsi and the Best Western Motel.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $8 for youth, and are available at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up or at the door.            

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