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Leland Cotton Brown at Ground Zero

Funny takes on actors, singers and politicians are the material for comedian Leland Cotton Brown's act, along with parodies in musical styles that range from blues to Bach.

In 1979, Brown formed a band with three of his friends. They presented a mix of popular songs and comedy sketches at a pizza parlor in their hometown of Walnut Creek, Calif.

After three attempts at competing in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Brown placed second in 1981. The experience lead him to opening shows for comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Paula Poundstone, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres and 'Bobcat' Goldthwait.

These days Brown headlines his own shows around the country. He'll perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Ground Zero, 123 S. Front St., Medford. Comedienne Lorene Farnsworth will open the show.

Brown also has appeared on NBC's "Comedy Tonight," MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Hour" and A&E's "Comedy on the Road" and "Evening at the Improv."

Admission to the show at Ground Zero costs $5. Call 779-4827.

Comedian Leland Cotton Brown is good at impersonations. Who does he remind you of in this photograph? - Comedy Comedy