If you’re a familiar with Dutch television, you might know American comedian Tom Rhodes as the host of his own late night talk show. For five years he hosted a chat show in the Netherlands and is still widely recognized there. The whole thing came about quite by accident.
“I had a sitcom on NBC (Mr. Rhodes), and I lived in New York City for a couple of years,” he says. “I was a little fed up with American show business and I fell in love with this Dutch girl.” He wound up in Amsterdam, but the relationship fizzled.
Just before heading back to the U.S., Dutch television producers spotted him in a club and asked him to host an American-style late night talk show.
“I grew up worshipping Johnny Carson and David Letterman, and to be the guy coming out from behind the curtain in the $2,000 suit and be standing on the mark and do your five minute monologue — it was the same format — was one of the best experiences of my life.”
Rhodes still performs in Europe (he has a new Dutch girlfriend), as well as cities all over the world. “I’ve been trying to develop a comedy travel show,” he says. “The way Anthony Bourdain goes around checking out food, I want to check out comedy scenes.”
Rhodes performs at Go Bananas in Montgomery Thursday through Sunday. Showtime is 8 p.m. with 10:15 performances Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10-$15. $5 Thursday with college or military ID.
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