The Cue Ball of Comedy

With Flupocalypse 2013 in full swing, everyone's riding the handshake-shirking, Purell-toting train to Germaphobe Town. It's a place that Howie Mandel knows well. Mandel may be the world's most famous living mysophobe, and he isn't afraid to draw attention to his struggles with OCD and ADHD or poke a little fun at the personality quirks the conditions inspire. Though the comedian -- whose good nature could potentially be explained away by his Canadian heritage -- had his start as a TV actor, his hosting duties for numerous reality and game shows (like Deal or No Deal and America's Got Talent) have been his bread and butter in recent years. He does, on occasion, find time to hit the road to perform his standup act in front of a live audience: an audience that better stifle any sneezes if it wants to avoid chasing off the talent. Mandel performs at 8 p.m. Monday. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, located at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Tickets cost $49 to $79. Call 954-797-5531, or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.
Mon., Jan. 28, 8 p.m., 2013
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Tricia Woolfenden