Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky is not a name you'll immediately recognize, but his face is unmistakable. Turns out, his voice is, too. The veteran actor has played memorable supporting roles in 100-plus films (recall Ned "Bing" Ryerson, the cheerful bald guy Bill Murray slugs in Groundhog Day) and myriad TV shows (lately including Glee, as pervy teacher Sandy Ryerson). He's even the subject of a 2006 documentary, Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party, which you can find on DVD. But it's in telling stories on his weekly podcast and syndicated radio show, The Tobolowsky Files, that the artist has found his true calling. His fireside chats, heard Saturday afternoons on KUOW, are comforting and gripping. His earnest, conversational tales bounce between the personal and professional; and espite his long showbiz résumé, he always provides common ground with the listener, never name-drops. (One example: His droll account of how a polite, unknown Brad Pitt apologizes for sitting in his chair on the set of Thelma & Louise.) Tonight, he'll be telling stories and taking your questions. CHRIS KORNELIS

Sat., Jan. 7, 8 p.m., 2012

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