Adrian Washington returns to St. Cloud for annual NYE comedy show

Local comedian Adrian Washington returns to the red carpet stage for his annual New Year’s Eve performance.

The comedian, who toured as part of the Rockin ‘101 Steel Toe Comedy Show, and performs nationwide, making regular appearances in Las Vegas and Los Angeles as well as stops in North Carolina, Arizona and in Canada, is in his 13th year of his NYE ​​solo exhibition in central Minnesota.

“This is my think tank,” he said. “It’s been a hell of a year.”

With all the politics in the world, COVID-19 and everything that goes with it, the comedian, who was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 in April that turned into pneumonia, said comedy is an escape.

“I feel like I was born to do it, that’s my goal on Earth,” he said. “For me my gift is one of the most amazing things you can have, my job is to make people forget about their problems and have a good time.”

Usually the annual show is accompanied by a pre-show dinner, but Washington is barely recovering from a fear of cancer and has said he was unable to take on the responsibility of coordinating a dinner. This year.

Local comedian Adrian Washington smiles on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, outside the Red Carpet nightclub in St. Cloud.

Especially after COVID-19 restrictions stole NYE’s latest show and an entire season of performances in Washington, he said, he has a new appreciation for being on stage. Whether he’s performing for two or 200 people, he said, if he’s on stage, he’s having fun.

“I am wholeheartedly, honestly me,” he said. “When I’m on stage, it’s my happiness. “

Although Washington has said that feelings and emotions come through in live performances and that paying homage to the struggles everyone has had since the start of the pandemic is necessary and valid, he said his show focuses on good.

“My comedy comes from a place of happiness,” he said.

Comedy after COVID:Catch up on the giggles with Adrian Washington

Even as Washington waited for the results of his biopsy and the subsequent surgery to remove tissue from a spot on his head, he was playing.

“I don’t believe in wasting time,” he said. “It’s not really what I’ve done before. Now the shows they almost have, it’s weird, mean a little bit more. COVID has taught me that it can be taken away from you, it can stop. “

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Four months ago, Washington rubbed his hand over his smooth head and felt a hard lump, almost describing it as another piece of bone. He didn’t care for a while, but a week later he started having a headache and went to the doctor to check up. They did an ultrasound, found nothing, and sent him for an MRI and then a biopsy. Then he got a call saying he should come for a consultation. The doctor who saw him had been on his show a few months before and was dating a friend from Washington in high school. It was the doctor who told him it was probably cancerous.

He had planned to remove the stain in early December, leaving the operation with stitches in his head and ordered to rest for a week. At the end of the week, with the stitches still in place, Washington hit the scene.

“I continued to live my life because it’s the only thing that makes me happy,” he said. “I can’t worry about something I have no control over. “

He and his family prayed for the impending results and a week and a half later the results came back cancer free.

Washington said he had prepared for the worst and had never expected a call saying he did not need additional treatment.

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“The day they told me that and called me, I felt like I could breathe again,” he said.

While the New Years Eve show has always been a homecoming for comics, this year, he said, is very special.

“It has been a blessing to do this for so many years in one place,” he said. “It’s always fun to be able to do it at home knowing that I can be home and that people love and respect what I do enough to go out year after year after year.”

What to know if you go see Adrian Washington

Adrian Washington’s NYE ​​Comedy Show begins at 9 p.m. on December 31 on the red carpet. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are available at

Adrian Washington's NYE ​​Comedy Show begins at 9 p.m. on December 31 on the red carpet.

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Javier E. Swan