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'No, but it sure cured her hiccups'

Medford's very own comedian, Carl Lee, has returned home from a five-week tour of club performances in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Michigan.

"I had some great audiences, and I had a ball," Lee says. "My last gig was at Joey's Comedy Club in Livonia, Mich., and I went out with a bang."

Lee will perform here in "River City" on Friday, April 20, at Ground Zero, 123 S. Front St., Medford. Portland comedian Sharon Lacey will open the show at 9 p.m.

Lee says that he performed for four straight nights at Joey's in Livonia.

"Each night was better than the last," he says. "You know, comedy is like a relationship. You have to keep taking it to the next level."

Lee is glad to be home after his successful tour across the country, and looking forward to performing at Ground Zero — and to spending time with his kids.

"They've been drivin' their mom nuts," he says. "But 'Major Pain' is back in town."

Lee's originally from Virginia, but he relocated to the Rogue Valley after he met the love of his life, Julie Burkett, a hair stylist at Urban Edge. He has performed with celebrities such as Lewis Black, Bill Bellamy and John Penitte.

Check out myspace.com/comediancarllee to watch a video of Lee's stand-up act.

Show opener Lacey is a comedian and an award-winning middle school teacher who was a finalist in the KATU-TV Portland Amateur Comedian Competition in 2006. She's a fresh face on the comedy scene and takes a irreverent looks at her profession as a teacher, previous jobs, motherhood and life in general.

She's been performing in clubs all over the Pacific Northwest, and she recently received rave reviews from college students and their parents at the annual Moms' Weekend at Washington State University. Video clips of Lacey are available at myspace.com/sharonlacey.

Admission to the show at Ground Zero costs $5 and includes a buffet-style dinner. Call 779-4827.

Kyle Erby and Brian Moote will keep the yuks comin' this weekend at Chadwick's Pub.

The two perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, at the pub in the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford.

Erby hails from L.A. He's appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," the HBO film "Tempted" with Burt Reynolds and on commercials for Pepsi, Bud Light, Radio Shack and other companies. When Erby's not working in show business, he is a substitute teacher.

Moote is a new hottie on the Northwest club scene, making regular appearances at Giggles Comedy Club in Seattle and other venues around the region.

Admission to the shows at Chadwick's Pub costs $5. Call 282-2122.

Sharon Lacey will present an irreverent look at life in general on Friday, April 20, at Ground Zero in Medford.