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Stand-up comedian Tim Allen will host this year’s Forgotten Harvest Comedy Night at the Fox Theatre.

The 26th annual event, which benefits the food rescue organization and gives its supporters a chance to celebrate their achievements in the community, will be April 20 at 8:30 p.m.

A West Michigan University graduate, Allen co-founded Forgotten Harvest’s Comedy Night and headlined the first two years. In the past, Seth Meyers, Martin Short, Sinbad and Dave Coulier have also hosted.

“Tim Allen’s return to the Forgotten Harvest Comedy Night is a welcome one,” said Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes in a press release. “Our organization is fortunate to have the support of Tim, our sponsors and the community at our largest annual fundraising event. Proceeds will go directly to fight hunger and food waste in Metro Detroit.”

Allen was born in Denver but spent his teen years in Birmingham and made his comedy debut Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak. As well as being known as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the “Toy Story” films, Allen also had a successful family sitcom in the 1990s. “Home Improvement” was set in suburban Metro Detroit and did well with both viewers and critics. Allen’s character Tim Taylor would often wear shirts from Michigan-based colleges and universities.

Last year Allen caused controversy with remarks he made on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in which he likened being a non-liberal in Hollywood to it being “like ’30s Germany.” The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect called on him to apologize. His ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” was canceled shortly after, but the no correlation with his remarks was proven.

Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990.

Tickets for Forgotten Harvest’s Comedy Night are $28.50-$153.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.com, 313Presents.com and ForgottenHarvest.org. They can also be purchased at the Fox Theatre and Little Caesars box offices or by calling (800) 745-7527. Corporate sponsorships are also available starting at $500. Call Rebecca Gade-Sawicki at (248) 864-7527 for more info on sponsorships

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @melodybaetens

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