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9/6/2011, 11:51 p.m.
Port Chuck, a band comprised of male actors from ABC daytime soap “General Hospital,” played at The Wilbur Theatre Aug. 26, 2011. Colette Greenstein

“Porgy and Bess” is “famazing” (my new borrowed word).  It’s a great show and you must see it before it moves to Broadway later this year. It’s playing now through Oct. 2nd at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.

Chris Tucker

And finally, I had the chance to interview actor and comedian Chris Tucker. Best known for the blockbuster movie franchise “Rush Hour,” opposite Jackie Chan, the Atlanta native rose to fame with his explosive comedy and high-energy appearances on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.  Tucker returns to his comedic roots with an 18-city tour that hits the Citi Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Sept, 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Here’s a sneak peek of what he’s been up to and what you can expect from the show.  

When [Jerry] Seinfeld decided to return to stand-up he wrote all new material and hit the local comedy clubs.  How did you prepare for your tour?  

I did the same thing. I went back to the clubs and did a lot of soul searching about what I wanted to talk about. You have to dig deep.

How has comedy changed for you?

Comedy is always evolving.  You have your set pieces, but it’s still in the moment.

How has the reception been from your fans during the tour?

Every city is different and every crowd is different. All the cities have been great and my fans do miss me. I can feel that and I miss being on stage. It’s been a lot of fun.

It’s been some time we’ve seen you on the big screen. Where have you been? Can you tell me what kind of projects you’re working on?

I’ve been here. I’ve been doing a lot of things … [like] developing projects … [doing] stand-up … I’ve just been focusing on that.

Who makes you laugh?

Regular people make me laugh. I just like to [sit back] and observe.

What can we expect when your tour comes to Boston?

Expect [Tucker pauses] … something you’ve never seen before.

Tickets are still available for Chris Tucker at www.telecharge.com.

Coming up…

This Friday, Sept. 9, Avant and 1990s RandB group Silk perform at The Strand Theatre at 8 p.m.

The Rock the Bells Festival comes to the Comcast Center this Saturday, Sept. 10 featuring Lauryn Hill, Common, Erykah Badu, Nas and more!

The 24th Annual Steppin’ Out for Dimock Gala will be held on Oct. 29 at the Westin Copley Place. Tickets and more information are available at www.steppinoutfordimock.org.

If you would like me to cover or write about your event, e-mail me at inthemixwithcolette@gmail.com.