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‘Daily Show’ contributor Roy Wood Jr. coming to Tacoma

Roy Wood Jr., a contributor on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” will bring his standup routine to the Tacoma Comedy Club Thursday through Saturday.

He will bring to the stage an act described as “thought-provoking comedy that crosses cultural lines.”

Wood appeared on the first episode of “The Daily Show” as Noah took over for John Stewart. In that show, Wood appeared as the show’s “Senior Mars Correspondent.”

Getting started: A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Wood was just 19 years old when he started his comedy career in 1998 while attending Florida A&M University. In 2002, he was one of 10 national finalists in Comedy Central’s “Laugh Riots” competition in Los Angeles. He also was a “Star Search” semi-finalist in 2003.

Hitting the big time: Wood made his network television debut in 2006 on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and finished third in the 2010 season of “Last Comic Standing.”

Where else you have seen him: Wood has been a regular on “Conan,” ESPN’s “SportsNation” and Comedy Central’s “@Midnight.” He was also a cast member during the three-year run of the TBS sitcom “Sullivan and Son.”

Recordings: Wood has recorded three nationally-released prank call CDs: “My Momma Made Me Wear This” (2003), “Confessions of a High School Bench Warmer” (2005) and “I’ll Slap You to Sleep!” (2009). In 2013, he released his first comedy CD “Things I Think, I Think.”

A Wood joke: “You ever been on a date so bad, the girl makes you drop her off at another dude’s house?”

New Year’s Eve shows: He will perform at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $22-$25 online. The late show will include a midnight champagne toast.

Weekend shows: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 1) and Saturday.

Note: The early shows are 18 and older, while the late shows are 21 and older.

Where: Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St., Tacoma.

Tickets: $16-$20 online, more at the door.

Information: tacomacomedyclub.com.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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