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King of comedy and @CBS sitcom star @KevinJames returns to the @KimmelCenter for one night only, 10/7.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, August 31, 2017) –– The Kimmel Center, in association with Live Nation, welcomes back comedian, television and movie star Kevin James to the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. for a one night only event full of laughs. Kevin James is currently the star and executive producer of the sitcom Kevin Can Wait for Sony Television and CBS, which premiered in September 2016. He recently starred in the feature True Memoirs of an International Assassin for Netflix released November 2016. 

“We can’t wait to once again host the talented Kevin James at our Kimmel Center Campus,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Laughter really is the best medicine, and what a special treat to see him perform live after watching his characters on television for so many years!”

James began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom. The King of Queens, premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing. It garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world.

In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. In 2005, Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach, a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy.

James was the producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop 1 & 2Zookeeper, and Here Comes The Boom. James made his feature film debut in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch starring opposite Will Smith, and starred alongside Adam Sandler in Pixels, Grown UpsGrown Ups 2, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. In addition to his on-camera work, James’s voice has been featured in the animated films Barnyard for Nick Movies, as well as Monster HouseHotel Transylvania, and its sequel for Sony Pictures Animation.

Other featured upcoming performances at the Kimmel Center Campus include: The Scott Brothers’ House Party (September 6, 2017, Merriam Theater), An Evening with David Sedaris (October 16, 2017, Academy of Music), Michael McDonald with special guest Marc Cohn (October 27, 2017, Merriam Theater), Joe Biden: American Promise Tour (November 15, 2017, Academy of Music), and Mike Birbiglia’s “The New One” (November 17, 2017, Merriam Theater).



Kimmel Center Presents in Association with Live Nation

Merriam Theater

October 7, 2017, 8:00 p.m.



Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.50. 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. More information at


About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders:, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and Live Nation Network. is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites. Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 200 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit


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 Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2017-2018 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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