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Gwinnett gets two comedy shows this weekend, one at Aurora Theatre and another at Gwinnett Performing Arts Center

Comedy shows will be performed at Lawrenceville and Duluth venues

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Comedian Ward Anderson will headline the Aurora Comedy Nights season finale Friday, June 20. (Special Photo)

Thoughts you’ve kept to yourself, never daring to say them out loud, might be words that come out of Ward Anderson’s mouth on the Aurora Theatre stage.

“I think you’ll hear a lot of people leaving my show saying, ‘Wow, I can’t believe he said that and what he said was so true.’”

Anderson, originally from Marietta and now living in Toronto, is headlining the season finale of Aurora Comedy Nights on Friday, June 20.

“Being from Atlanta there was nothing I wanted more than to get back and perform on my home turf,” he said.

Friday’s show will be Anderson’s first on the Aurora Theatre stage.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve seen photos and it’s a beautiful looking space.”

A 20-year comedy veteran, Ward has branched out into radio — he has a talk radio show, “Ward and Al,” on SiriusXM — and into writing. His first book, “I’ll Be Here All Week,” has just been released and instead of doing typical book signings, Ward decided to promote his novel — a romantic story about a middle-aged comedian trying to decide between show business and love — through live comedy shows.

“My act is about relationships, getting older and all the things in life that piss us off all at the same time,” he said. “I do a lot of talking about relationships and life in general. So much of my act, as I’ve gotten older, my act is also about getting older. There’s a lot in my act about married life and about aging and how it can creep up on you.”

Opening for Ward on Sunday will be comedian Carlos Valencia, whom Ward met about 10 years ago while touring.

“He is a hilarious, very talented comedian,” Ward said. “It’s a thrill to be working with him again.”

Hosted by Katie Causey, the season finale show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

“By far, this past season has been our best attended year of live comedy,” said Anthony Rodriguez, producing artistic director for the Aurora Theatre. “We love the fact that comedy attracts a different clientele than theatre events and allows us to employ even more local performers.”

Audiences can expect more comedy when the Aurora’s 2014-15 season begins the weekend of July 18 and 19.

Big Laughs at Performing Arts Center

It’s a comedy weekend in Gwinnett as the Performing Arts Center in Duluth will host the Big Laughs Comedy Series featuring comedians Rod Minger and MC Lightfoot and musician Keni Miles and The Point Break Band.

Tickets to the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 21, are $20. To purchase tickets by phone, call 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. For more information, visit www.gwinnettcenter.com.