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Comedian Kier Spates ready for 2015

Before his performance at the Palm Beach Improv, comedian Kier Spates will take a much-needed Christmas break with his family in Texas, where he'll eat his favorite holiday staples such as turkey, dressing, gumbo, green beans and cornbread. After refueling, he'll have five shows this weekend.

Radio listeners may know Spates as "Junior" from the "Steve Harvey Morning Show," which airs 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday on WMBX (FM 102.3).

The morning gig has been one of the highlights of his career. "I think of [Harvey] as a favorite uncle," Spates says during a recent phone interview. "He is an honest, genuine person. That's part of what makes him so great to work with."

Along with Harvey, Spates says the late Redd Foxx and Bill Cosby are comics he looked up to. Although, he's not quite sure how to process the sexual-assault allegations brought against Cosby this year.

"It's sad because [Cosby] is an American legend ... I put him on a pedestal," he says. "At first, I was wondering why the [accusers] waited so long to come forward. I'd rather see what happens in court, if it even goes that far. The charges are serious. I pray for his family and everyone involved."

With 2014 coming to a close, Spates says he's not big on New Year's resolutions, but has a few goals he hopes to accomplish in 2015.

"I'd like to star in a movie and continue working on becoming better at my craft," he says. "As a comedian, you have to constantly make time to study and rehearse."

Kier Spates will perform Friday through Sunday, Dec. 26-28, at the Palm Beach Improv, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $20. Go to PalmBeachImprov.com.

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