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'Mr. Brown,' aka David Mann, to perform in Victoria

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Jan. 11, 2012 at 7:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2012 at 7:11 p.m.

David Mann keeps the audience laughing as his quirky, yet lovable character, "Mr. Brown." Mann, 46, gained fans through Tyler Perry plays, movies, and televsion shows. He stars on the TBS Network hit show "Meet the Browns."

Mr. Brown is coming to town.

David Mann, affectionately known as "Mr. Brown," will be in Victoria to perform stand up comedy Feb. 18.

The Fort Worth native became widely popular working with Producer Tyler Perry in stage plays, movies and television shows "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" on the TBS Network.

Promoters Mario Garcia and Jacob Sandoval have been working to get Mann since Thanksgiving.

"We wanted to bring something to Victoria that everyone would like," said Sandoval.

Mann's routine is appropriate for all ages.

He is a Christian comedian who doesn't use profanity.

When Mann was 15 years old, he realized he should get involved with contemporary drama, according to his website bio.

Thirty-one years later, the father of four still makes people roar with laughter, according to the website.

Sandoval saw Mann perform in San Antonio and found his routine energetic and entertaining.

Mann was dressed as the eccentric character, Mr. Brown, and brought a six-piece band.

"He's a great character. Everyone knows who he is," Sandoval said.

Sandoval, the owner of All Out Printing, said the overwhelming interest in Mann's performance made the Victoria Fine Arts Center the ideal location because the venue can accommodate 1,481 people.

Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday. The prices range from $25 to $40.

Radio advertisements started Wednesday, and TV ads begin Thursday.

A street team is also promoting the event in Victoria and the surrounding areas, he said.

"We may end up turning people away," Sandoval said.

Victoria school district officials said it's beneficial to bring big names to the center that opened in February.

"It brings notoriety to the facility we built," said Jay Lester, director of the fine arts center.

Lester, who's familiar with the stand-up comedian, said fans have already called requesting ticket information.

The Saturday evening performance was scheduled under a rental contract. Lester said the money will go to an enterprise fund, which offsets the expenses of the facility.

Sandoval said he's rolling the dice bringing such a big name to the entertainment circuit in the Crossroads. But he is hopeful, that with the event's success, this will set the tone for future performances of this caliber.

"We can continue to keep this high talent coming to Victoria," said Sandoval.



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