Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cache Creek hosts ‘Dyn-o-mite’ Jimmie “J.J.” Walker

BROOKS, Calif. – The term "maximizing one's potential" could have been coined to describe the life of Jimmie Walker, who strode out of the New York ghetto to become one of the best-known television personalities and comedians in the United States. Instantly recognizable by fans even today, Walker brings his unique blend of comedic talent to Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 in a free show on Sunday, May 25 at 8 p.m.

After paying his dues in radio during his early career, Jimmie began working regularly in comedy clubs in the early 1970’s. It was there he was spotted by famed television producer Norman Lear's casting director, which led to Jimmie accepting a part in the popular comedy series, "Good Times," which ran from 1974-1979. Walker was already well known at the time from his appearances on “Rowan and Martin's Laugh In” and the “Jack Paar Show.”

"Dyn-o-mite!" – the “Good Times” catch-phrase Walker is remembered for – made him famous nationwide, prompting Time Magazine to name him “Comedian of the Decade.” Walker also appeared on ”The Tonight Show,” “Match Game” and a variety of other game shows during his “Good Times” run. His status as a beloved TV character later led to guest appearances on “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Son of the Beach,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “In the House,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “The Fall Guy,” “Scrubs,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The George Lopez Show,” and “Lincoln Heights.” He also appeared in the films “Airplane!” and “Plump Fiction.”
Returning to his roots, Walker currently tours the country 25-30 weeks a year doing stand-up comedy, performing on late night T.V. and game shows. In his spare time he writes scripts for T.V. and movies.

Tickets to the show are $20 at the door or free with a Cache Club Card. Cache Club membership doesn’t cost a thing – check with the Cache Club for details on how to join.

Press contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; cburgeson@cachecreek.com

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