Comedian returns home to perform leukemia fundraiser

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Comedian Steve Kramer returns to his Northland roots for two benefit shows this weekend. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Stand-up comedian and impressionist Steve Kramer will be performing two shows for leukemia research and support at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31, at The Groundhog Day Theater, 6906 N. Oak Trafficway.

Kramer has opened for Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Hart, and starred on the TV show “Hype.” That’s a long way from his comedy start performing in the Northland while he was still a student at Winnetonka High School.

“Some of my bits were written while I was in high school at Winnetonka,” Kramer said. “Some of my bits were written at places in Northtown.”

It was only natural that Kramer, about to embark on a new chapter of his career, returned home to the Northland to reflect, spend time with family and friends and start a quiet monthlong residency at The Groundhog Day Theater culminating in a two-performance premiere of new material, according to a press release.

“I appreciate what The Groundhog Day Theater does — working with kids, putting on shows for charities and the community, and giving the next generation of comedians somewhere to develop. I knew it was a place where I could come and work on my new set.”

Reflection on his start in comedy also dredges up a period of tragedy for his family.

“My brother passed away when he was 7 while I was in high school,” he said. His brother’s death to leukemia made Kramer want to do this fundraiser.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society funds blood cancer research around the world and provides free support services to patients. Kramer is donating all his proceeds from this week’s shows to the organization.

Kramer, also a guitar maker, will be giving away a special designed cigar-box electric guitar to an audience member.

General admission tickets are $10 each. Limited VIP tickets are $25 each and include seating in a reserved section, a Steve Kramer-designed T-shirt and an autographed poster.

Tickets are available at EventBrite.com.