Originally created 04/10/98

Entertainer plans to bring fresh material to Bell show



Comedian Jamie Foxx won't do any Tiger Woods jokes Saturday when he performs at the Bell Auditorium.

"Everybody's done him so much," said Mr. Foxx. He's an alum of the legendary Fox network sketch comedy show In Living Color and currently stars on The Jamie Foxx Show, the highest-rated series on the WB Network (which has no affiliate in Augusta).

He's not much of a golf fan, Mr. Foxx explained in a recent telephone interview from his Los Angeles residence. But other timely topics, from Mike Tyson's woes to presidential sex scandals, will be part of the 90-minute show.

He watches hours of CNN and C-SPAN to keep abreast of what's going on in the world and incorporate hot items into his act.

Mr. Foxx, born Eric Bishop, grew up in Terrell, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

Much of his routine is laced with Texas-inspired humor. He likes to adopt a hick accent when describing his hometown.

Growing up, the hot spots in Terrell were along the town strip cruised by teen-agers. "You'd circle around the Sonic, get a soda, watch the girls and go again," he recalled.

The entertainer adopted his stage name after moving to California to pursue show business.

His big break came in 1990 when he landed a spot on In Living Color. For three years, Mr. Foxx appeared in a cast that included actors Jim Carrey, Damon and Keenan Ivory Wayans, David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson, who have all gone on to successful post-show careers.

"It launched everybody," said Mr. Foxx. "It was like Saturday Night Live in that respect."

Mr. Foxx has also developed a movie career, starring in the comedies Bootie Call, The Truth About Cats & Dogs and The Great White Hype. He's also appearing in Ice Cube's Players Club, which opens today.

He's been on the road every weekend since September performing stand-up comedy.

The Bell Auditorium performance is one of a 60-city tour that ends Monday in Dallas with a live concert film scheduled for taping at the Majestic Theatre.

On stage Saturday night, Mr. Foxx will no doubt do several imitations and characters, including a little bit of Wanda, the hideously ugly, man-hungry ghetto girl with the catch phrase "I'm gonna rock your world."

Parents be forewarned, Mr. Foxx's standup routine is not rated PG-13. "We're going to be grownups that night," said Mr. Foxx.

In concert

What: Jamie Foxx in concert

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.

How much: Seats are $31 and $25 in advance and $33.50 and $27.50 day of the show.

Phone: 828-7700