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Meet 'The Lovemaster': Craig Shoemaker 

Comedian Craig Shoemaker may be known as "The Lovemaster," but he could also be referred to as a master of trades. Having worked in the comedy biz for around 27 years, Shoemaker has also jumped ship to a number of other work territories. He's appeared in films (Scream 2, Safe House, Totally Baked and The Lovemaster, among others), hosted radio shows, and even written books for children. Shoemaker will visit Charlotte and the surrounding area for two upcoming comedy shows. The first will go down at Lake Norman Comedy Zone on Oct. 6 and the second at McGlohon Theatre on Oct. 7.

For more information on Shoemaker's show at Lake Norman Comedy Zone, call 704-895-1782 or visit www.lkncomedyzone.com. For more information on his show at McGlohon Theatre, call 704-372-1000 or visit www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Creative Loafing: Does the city of Charlotte hold any special meaning to you?

Craig Shoemaker: Charlotte is one of my favorite places. It has such strong meaning for me because I had a radio show [The Craig Shoemaker Show] there for a couple of years on The Link 107.9. I was doing it out of Los Angeles, but I would come there frequently and it became a second home for me. I just had such a connection with so many of the listeners, who became like family. I really actually miss them on a very deep level.

You're a busy guy. I read that in addition to comedy, you're also involved with projects related to film, children's books and radio shows.

Well, I have the belief that I can't be put into a box. I have this creative wellspring that I keep tapping into, and it manifests itself in several different creative outlets. I have this very strong belief that all humans have this creative spark. I just find several places for it, instead of just a comedy club.

You're currently working on a documentary called Live to Laugh, right?

Yeah. I'm really excited about this. It's about not only raising the awareness of the powers of laughter, but watching people on the screen transform their lives through these laughter programs.

Is it also about your comedy act?

It is, in that I came to that moment of epiphany in my life where I realized this is so much bigger than me, this world of laughter, and it's not about just me performing venue to venue in front of thousands of people, but it's a global effort to change the paradigm that we're living under right now. There's this negative way of being -- with reality shows, and the news, and stuff like that. I just think we should do more uplifting of the spirits, which laughter does. So that's my mission -- to take it to another level. It's based on my personal journey, of that moment when I realized that -- when I became a caregiver for my best friend with brain cancer. And so, the journey that we follow is a little bit about me, but the story is much more on a global scale. That's why I think people should go to more comedy clubs. Instead of spending a fortune on a cup of coffee, why don't you go have your spirits lifted and relieve your stress at a comedy show?

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