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Rosie O'Donnell postpones Sarasota shows

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This is no joke: Rosie O'Donnell has postponed her sold-out shows this weekend at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre – and she has a good reason.

O'Donnell, a new resident of Sarasota, was scheduled to appear at the club for five shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (Jan. 17-19).

On McCurdy's website, no reason was given for the postponement, but O'Donnell responded to a Ticket tweet about the cancellation, saying "here's the reason - abscess tooth - infected," and posted a series of pictures of herself with a swollen mouth.

O'Donnell had actually posted about her dental problems several hours earlier on Twitter:

A few hours later, she tweeted to McCurdy's:

Les McCurdy, co-owner of the comedy club, said O'Donnell had an emergency root canal and was unable to recover soon enough to give a proper performance.

"It's always a bit of a bummer when those things happen," he said, "but they do and I know she hated it as bad or probably worse than we did.

"Everyone on her team including Rosie handled this with us very well and immediately rescheduled the show for her birthday weekend, March 21-23."

The comedian-actress turns 52 on March 21.

McCurdy said patrons who bought a ticket can "either use it for the corresponding show in March or get a full refund, which means most likely some tickets will come available for the March date. We will know sometime next week if we have tickets available and put them on sale."

McCurdy is also offering each O'Donnell ticket holder a free ticket to see her replacement headliner, Frankie Paul, this weekend. Call 925-3869 or visit mccurdyscomedy.com for more information.

O'Donnell's shows in March will be at McCurdy's' current location, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail. McCurdy said the club will move to its new downtown location, at 1927 Ringling Blvd., in April or May.

Last-minute cancellations are nothing new to McCurdy. Caroline Rhea and Amy Schumer on separate occasions got snowed in at a New York airport and had to cancel their shows. In 2012, Kevin Pollack got food poisoning and canceled his appearance one hour before he was supposed to go on stage.

McCurdy's personal favorite was the "Tommy Chong incident" in the early 2000s.

"It was announced on national news that Tommy had been arrested by the FBI for illegally selling drug paraphernalia across state lines on the morning of his opening night here at our theatre," McCurdy said. "He was here ready to do the show but everyone was calling in thinking he was in jail and wanting their money back. We had to call everyone individually to let them know the show was on."

When thrown a curve ball, "our fantastic McCurdy's team goes into hyper scramble mode and works
efficiently to contact every individual that has a ticket and personally takes care of making the
proper adjustments with them," McCurdy said. "My team is awesome."

Last modified: January 17, 2014
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