The townspeople of Tipton packed an auditorium at St. Andrews School Saturday night, for a big reason - to see one of their own who made it big-time perform his standup routine.
David Koechner has starred in many movies and television shows, and he is probably best well-known for his roles as Todd Packer in the U.S. version of The Office and Champ Kind in the Anchorman series. For the second weekend in August, Koechner came home to visit his family and say hello to his hometown. The movie actor received much fanfare upon his return - evident by the rows of cars and trucks which filled the St. Andrews parking lot Saturday night.
The audience Saturday night were mostly townspeople who came to see him perform. Koechner said when he was on stage, he felt a sense of familiarity and belonging with the people in the auditorium. "These people recognize me anyway," Koechner said. "Even if I didn't have a job in showbusiness, they would still recognize me coming back."
Koechner's family joined townspeople in the auditorium to watch him perform his routine, which ran from about 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday night. His brother actually emceed the event, which was open for anyone to buy a ticket. The auditorium was completely packed - after a certain point, there were no seats left and many had to find a place to stand. Koechner performed a mixture of improvisation and singing off-color songs.
After the show, VIP ticketholders had a chance to meet Koechner and get their pictures taken with him. The event lasted roughly until about 10:30 p.m., after which the comedian left to go spend time with his family and friends. Koechner maintains close ties with the people close to him in his hometown, and regularly comes home to visit.
On Sunday, Koechner returned home to his wife and children in Los Angeles.