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Spouse Whisperer performs at Elks

There's a lot that goes on in relationships and some of it is actually pretty funny, especially if a third party points out the humor. On Saturday, April 11, Mark Cordes will take the stage at The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center as the Spouse Whisperer, taking audiences on a journey of tongue-in-cheek marital advice.

Cordes said he started doing standup full-time since 1987.

"I quit my real life and real job. Back then, I used to sell real estate in Scottsdale," he said. "I went through a divorce and just kind of did standup one night on a dare, got bit by the bug and next thing you know, 28 years later, I'm still doing it."

Cordes said the Spouse Whisperer was born after noticing that all his favorite jokes and material to write were centered toward relationships. So he wrote a 90-minute show talking about men, women and what makes relationships work.

He said it's a show that's perfect for the Baby Boomers.

"That's what I am and we're all coming at it from the same place," he said, noting that even though the show is perfect for that group, he has couples of all age groups that love the show.

Cordes said the show is always changing, stating that every time he writes a great new joke, he gets rid of the weakest joke in the act. He said it makes the show fun for him because of every one being a little bit different. And sometimes, the material he finds aren't exactly from his own mind. Cordes said there is a pre-show where audience members can write down comments or questions and then Cordes will spend the last 30 minutes of the show in character going through them. Sometimes, he said, the questions people ask will lead to funny material.

Cordes said the material is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek attempt at humorous marital advice.

"I don't pretend to be Dr. Phil," he said. "The takeaway from the show is if you're in a relationship, hang on tight, enjoy the ride and laugh whenever possible because it's a tough world we live in, so you might as well go through it and have some fun."

The Spouse Whisperer will be at The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, located at 117 East Gurley Street, on Saturday April 11. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com or by calling (928) 777-1370. Tickets are also available at the box office one hour prior to showtime.

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