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Albert Lea American Legion to host comedy show

Steve Gillespie, right, who will perform at tonight at the American Legion in Albert Lea, has appeared on “Conan.” -Provided

The American Legion in Albert Lea will host the comedy stylings of Steve Gillespie at 8 p.m. today.

A decade into his standup career, Gillespie moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles and recently made an appearance on “Conan” and released his critically-acclaimed first album, Stever Fever. Prior to that Gillespie spent most of his life traveling the country regaling audiences with his delightful self-destruction.

According to a press release, Gillespie’s act is a slap-happy balance of aggression and absurdity, coupled with a delightfully pushy persona and coarse yet effective word choice. His hilarious self-flagellation and blistering social commentary has also earned him spots on Fox’s Laughs as well as the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the Boston Comedy Festival.

He was a finalist in CMT’s Next Big Comic, a runner up for Best of the Midwest at Gilda’s Laughfest and his debut album, Stever Fever, from Rooftop Comedy was named a top-10 comedy album of the year by ComedyReviews.com.

Gillespie has also shared the biggest stages with some of the best comics in the country, including opening appearances for Dave Attell, Jim Breuer, Tom Segura, Kyle Kinnane, Tom Green, Harland Williams, Doug Benson, Emo Phillips and Gilbert Gottfried, according to a press release.

Opening for Steve will be Minneapolis comedians Mike Heraly and Chloe Radcliffe.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the American Legion.