Comedian Kevin James Coming to Academy of Music, 10/11

Comedian Kevin James Coming to Academy of Music, 10/11

Star comedian Kevin James ("King of Queens," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop") brings his national stand-up comedy tour to the Academy of Music on Saturday, October 11.

James returns to his roots in stand-up comedy in the midst of his demanding career as not only a comedian, but as a producer, co-writer and actor. Using his experiences as a family guy for new material, audiences will be able to easily identify with his observational humor.

Tickets go on pre-sale to Kimmel Center members on Tuesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. and to the general public Friday, August 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available from $49.50 to $75 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce streets (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Kevin James, producer, co-writer, and star of hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) andZookeeper (2011) will be shooting Mall Cop 2 this spring. James also starred in Columbia Pictures' Grown Ups (2010) along with Adam Sandler, which spawned additional collaborations among the two comedians in film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) and Grown Ups 2 (2013).

James broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures' Hitch starring opposite Will Smith, but his comedy career in stand up began heating up before then 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, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 and 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.

Aside from his on-camera work, James's voice has been featured in the animated films Barnyard (2006) for Nick Movies, as well as Monster House (2006) and Hotel Transylvania (2012) for Sony Pictures Animation.