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Mark Cordes returns as Spouse Whisperer

The Spouse Whisperer will perform again at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center. (Mark Cordes/Courtesy)

The Spouse Whisperer will perform again at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center. (Mark Cordes/Courtesy)

Comedian Mark Cordes is returning for one of his Spouse Whisperer shows at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

Cordes will again take the audience on a comedic journey from love at first sight to ‘til death do us part and everything in between. It’s a topic that speaks for itself with him as a tongue-in-cheek expert on relationships, something he really doesn’t think he is, he said.

“I don’t think anybody is,” Cordes said. “That’s what makes it so funny.”

His material comes from what pops up in his relationship with his wife, he said. Not only is it funny, but everybody in the audience hears it and realizes that it sounds like their own relationship, Cordes said. It’s also universal because he’s talking to the masses rather than dividing the audience and picking on only the men or the women.

Cordes mentioned the time he was on a cruise ship and spoke to a couple who had been married for more than 70 years and said how laughter contributed to them being together for so long.

“You (have) to laugh. When you quit laughing you quit living,” he said. “Too many people go through life stressed out and serious about everything. I always kind of laughingly tell people ‘hey don’t take this too seriously, nobody gets out of this alive.’ So you might as well make the time you’re here as fun as possible. I think laughter is the key ingredient to that.”

Cordes takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for opera box seats and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

Cordes said he’s always coming up with new material for the show and it always changes. He even came up with some recent ideas that grew out of a conversation between him and his wife, he said.

“It’s an unending supply,” Cordes said. “I’m not talking about nuclear science, we’re talking about stuff we can all relate to.”

The second part of the show after intermission sees Cordes answering questions or comments from the audience, making it so no two shows are alike. Recently he had a question about someone’s husband paying more attention to the dog than her and he was able to run with that for a couple of minutes, he said.

For more information on Mark Cordes, the Spouse Whisperer, visit www.markcordes.com.

The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.

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