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he Bob & Tom Show has been a morning staple for years, making the daily commute to work infinitely more bearable with a mix of irreverent skits, songs and on-air appearances by talented comedians. The popularity of the radio broadcast prompted the hosts to literally take the show on the road in 2007 to further promote some of their favorite comics. Seven years and 300 dates later, the Bob & Tom Comedy Shows continue to get big laughs from coast to coast. This year’s line-up features veteran performers Drew Hastings, Donnie Baker and Tim Bedore. Hastings, the recently-

elected mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio, spoke with News4U ahead of the show at the Victory Theatre on October 5th.

News4U (N4U): Apart from your involvement with the Bob & Tom Comedy Show, what have you been up to lately? Drew Hastings (DH): I just did a benefit show last weekend in Cincinnati for about 400 people, and the sound system failed. I had to literally yell for one hour, but I’m old school – the show must go on! N4U: I recall from your 2008 Comedy Central showcase Irked and Miffed that you joked about employing a strategy of slow suicide through smoking. And yet, here you are five years later, still very much alive. What went wrong? DH: I managed to quit. I got in a fight with a guy half my age – a wiry construction worker in good shape. He took his shirt off and came at me, ready for business. I had a cigarette in my hand, and I flicked it away. I watched it float away in slow motion, and I said to myself ‘that was my last cigarette – I’m going to get my lung power back and kick this redneck’s butt!’ N4U: Since you last performed in Evansville, you’ve become the mayor of a small city in Ohio. What possessed you to get into politics? DH: Well, I was used to disappointing people on an individual basis, and I thought I’d try letting down a larger group for a change. N4U: What is more difficult, making people laugh or presiding over a small city of disgruntled citizens? DH: Oh, presiding over a small city is much harder without question. But I’m just trying to do my part and get one little piece of America turned around. I think this country’s going to hell-ina-hand-basket – actually, I don’t think we’d even make our own hand-basket anymore.

N4U: What’s your take on the likes of Anthony Weiner giving mayoral candidates a bad name? DH: Well, if you’re going to have a scandal, don’t let it be cheesy with cheap, predictable jokes. N4U: You have built your career on dysfunction. What would happen if you ever got into a successful, normal relationship? Would your comedy career be over? DH: No, no, no. You just start exploring other areas of dysfunction – or the dysfunction that arises from being in a normal relationship (laughs). N4U: In addition to being a comedian and a mayor, you’re also a farmer. How long can you maintain the delicate balance of three careers? DH: They all just crash into each other and somehow I just keep them all going. But comedy is my first love – I’ve been doing it for a lot of years, and I know how to deliver a successful show. —Thomas Ellis The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit victorytheatre.com. Call for Advertising Information (812) 426-6398 • October 2013

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