Actor-comedian Billy Gardell visited with us on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" today.

Gardell is perhaps best known for his work on CBS' "Mike & Molly" and he appears next week at the Gilda's LaughFest comedy festival in Grand Rapids.

He talked with us about portraying police officer Mike Biggs on "Mike & Molly," which airs at 8:30 p.m. ET Mondays on CBS.

We also spoke with him about the time we saw him perform at Radio Camp years ago in front of a bunch of radio DJs at 1 p.m. in the afternoon, which had to be the worst possible scenario for stand-up comedy ever. We also discussed his sweet rebuilt '56 Chevy Bel Air and raising his son to love the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.

Gardell's LaughFest appearance is at 8 p.m. EST March 7 at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE in Grand Rapids. Tickets are still available.

His other television credits include "Yes Dear," "Judging Amy," "My Name Is Earl," "The Practice," "Monk" and "Gary the Rat." He made his major motion picture debut with Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in "Avenging Angelo" and has also appeared in "Bad Santa," "You, Me & Dupree," "Undrafted" and "Jersey Boys."

You can find Gardell's comedy tour schedule here and you can follow Gardell on Twitter.

Billy Gardell's Comedy Tour
March 7 -- Grand Rapids, Gilda's LaughFest, Fountain Street Church
April 18 -- Tacoma, Wash., Emerald Queen Casino
April 24-25 -- Monroeville, Pa., Monroeville Convention Center
May 23 -- Atlantic City, N.J., Borgata Casino, Hotel & Spa.

Billy Gardell Visits 'The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show'

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