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APRIL 3, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, March 21, 2016) –– The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Live Nation, welcomes Emmy® Award winner and Grammy® Award nominee David Cross to the Merriam Theater on Sunday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. as part of his Making America Great Again! Tour, his first stand-up tour in six years.

Named one of the “Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time” by Comedy Central, Cross last toured in 2009 with a solo stand-up show in support of his New York Times Bestseller, I Drink for a Reason. His previous comedy special, “David Cross: The Pride is Back,” aired on HBO in 1999, and was named one of the 25 best stand-up comedy specials and concert films of all time by ROLLING STONE in July 2015.

“We’re thrilled to welcome David to the Kimmel Center as part of his latest tour,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.  “He is an inventive performer whether on stage or screen and we’re certain this will be a night of great fun for all.”

On the big screen, Cross has appeared in the independent features, “Kill Your Darlings” alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Michael C. Hall, and the dramedy “It's a Disaster,” opposite Julia Stiles and America Ferrera. Other film credits include “Abel,” “Year One,” Christopher Guest’s “Waiting for Guffman,” “Men in Black” and “Men in Black II,” “Ghost World,” Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “I’m Not There,” and provided his vocal talents for several animated films, including “Megamind,” the “Kung Fu Panda” series and “Curious George.”

On television, Cross reprised his beloved role as Dr. Tobias Fünke' on the fourth season of Arrested Development on Netflix. During its original critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award-winning run on FOX, Cross was twice-nominated as part of the ensemble cast for a Screen Actors Guild Award. Cross’ introduction to the TV scene came with "The Ben Stiller Show," where Cross honed his comedy writing skills and shared a 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program.  The original Mr. Show with Bob and David received three Emmy® Award nominations for both Writing and Music & Lyrics. Cross also served as a writer and contributor for Tenacious D. He also wrote, produced and starred in the Comedy Central animated series Freak Show, which he co-created with H. Jon Benjamin.

Cross currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.



Making America Great Again!

Merriam Theater

April 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Tickets are available now and start at $39.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883.


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Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of The Kimmel Center’s 2015-2016 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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