2018-08-09 / Sports

Darren McCarty, former Red Wing, brings comedy tour to Ubly

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter • mwilson@mihomepaper.com


UBLY - Four-time Stanley Cup winner former Red Wing Darren McCarty entertains the crowd with stories from his career. McCarty has assembled a group of Michigan comedians for his comedy show. 
Photos by Mike Wilson UBLY - Four-time Stanley Cup winner former Red Wing Darren McCarty entertains the crowd with stories from his career. McCarty has assembled a group of Michigan comedians for his comedy show. Photos by Mike Wilson UBLY - More than two decades later, the “Brawl at Hockey Town” is still fresh in the mind of many Red Wing fans.

“There were 11 goals and nine fights,” recounted former Red Wing Darren McCarty in sharing the story of the night of his epic fight with Colorado Avalanche star Claude Lemieux. “I ‘shark week’d’ him, I came from down deep and hit him as hard as I could.”

A sold-out crowd greeted McCarty, the retired Red Wing legend, with cheers and laughter when he brought his newly founded comedy tour to the Ubly Heights Golf and Country Club Saturday night. The Darren McCarty Slapstick Comedy Show, which did its first show two months ago, is touring the state and features McCarty’s humorous retelling of stories from his hockey career.


UBLY - North Huron Spanish teacher and part-time comedian Kara Mueller entertains the crowd with stories from a recent family vacation as part of the Darren McCarty Slapstick Comedy Tour. UBLY - North Huron Spanish teacher and part-time comedian Kara Mueller entertains the crowd with stories from a recent family vacation as part of the Darren McCarty Slapstick Comedy Tour. “I like to introduce a lot of people from around the state to some great comics from the state,” McCarty said. “These are great people that I like to work and hangout with.”

McCarty said his life has always been about comedy: “Whether it is dark, black or satire, my life is a comedy.”

He shared many stories from his playing days, which included winning four Stanley Cup Championships.

“The Cup holds 17 and a half beers - with a nice head on it,” he shared to the delight of the crowd.

McCarty, who had the reputation as an “old school” hockey player and a brawler who never backed down from a fight on the ice, told the crowd Joey Kozlov was the toughest fighter he ever faced.

“During my rookie year,” McCarty recalled, “he hit me really hard and I said to him ‘Thank you for not killing me, Mr. Kozlov’.”

The hockey great shared the three things that he feels you need to make it in professional sports.

No. 1 - a self-belief in who you are.

No. 2 - talent.

No. 3 - ‘carpe diem’ - the ability to seize the day.

Along with McCarty, the show Saturday night featured three Michigan-grown comedians: Dustin Cole, a North Branch graduate from the Lapeer area; Jason Douglas, the self-confessed non-jock of the group who grew up in Au Gres; and the “token” woman Kara Mueller, who lives in Ubly and is married to Ubly High School’s Spanish teacher and volleyball coach Aaron Mueller, who has been doing stand-up comedy for about six years.

The appreciative crowd laughed and cheered Mueller, whose routine focused on a recent family vacation to Spain. She teaches Spanish and coaches volleyball at North Huron High School.

“My face still hurts from laughing so much,” Dave Hanson, the golf pro from Ubly Heights, said after the show.

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