560 S Prairie View Dr #100
Des Moines, IA 50266

Willie Farrell

Ages 19 and up
Saturday, December 23
Doors: 6pm
Table Options:
2 Person Shared Table
4 Person Table
The 2 Person Shared Table selection is not a private table. You will be seated with other guests from a separate party at the same table.
Seating is now done by the date and time of the purchase / reservation. You will be assigned tables by purchase date. Reservations that were made under the same first and last name will automatically be seated together. If you wish to sit with another party, you must contact the Box Office in advance.
Ticket Fee and Sales Tax Applied at All Points of Sale

Growing up, Willie Fratto Farrell confesses he wasn’t the class clown. “I played baseball, basketball, sports,” he said. “What I probably was closer to was the guy who would encourage others who were nuts enough to do crazy things, you know, things that would be funny.”

In 1980, Farrell stepped up to the mic to try out his funny business at the Ingersoll Dinner Theater in Des Moines. “There were 10 comics on the bill and the first five or six were being heckled really bad by one guy,” he said. “By the time I got up there, it was just like being in Columbus Park. I ripped him a new one and the crowd went wild for me.” It was such an adrenaline rush that Farrell decided to make standup his profession.

He grew up, the youngest of five kids, whose father was organized crime figure Lew Fratto, who at one time worked for Al Capone. “I didn’t understand exactly what my father was all about,” he said. “One thing I’ll say is that we never waited in lines anywhere. In my act I’m not ashamed to hit on all nationalities. I’ll do a bit in which the tag line is ‘Get in the trunk.’ I talk about the camp I attended as a kid — La Cosa Nostra.”

Farrell has performed in nearly every comedy club in the country, but now spends most of the year onstage in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Willie turns each show into a memorable event with his unique humor, tailor-made for each audience.

Willie has appeared on A&E, Comedy Central, ESPN and was featured on “The Godfathers of Comedy” airing on Showtime.


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