Kleinhans Music Hall will welcome comedian Kevin James to the main stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday and will be available online at www.kleinhansbuffalo.org and by phone at 716-885-5000.
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,” which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing. It garnered him an Emmy nomination 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. James also starred in, and executive produced “The Crew,” a sitcom set in the world of NASCAR. He is currently developing a single-camera comedy for Netflix.
James brought his stand-up act to TV with “Sweat the Small Stuff,” a one-hour special for Comedy Central. 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. His second comedy special, “Never Don’t Give Up,” premiered on Netflix to critical acclaim.
James was the producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Zookeeper” and “Here Comes The Boom.” James made his feature film debut in Columbia Pictures’ “Hitch,” starring opposite Will Smith; and starred alongside Adam Sandler in “Pixels,” “Grown Ups,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” and “Hubie Halloween.” He starred in the feature “True Memoirs of an International Assassin for Netflix,” the independent action thriller “Becky,” and starred in and produced “Home Team” for Netflix.
Kleinhans Music Hall was designed by the Finnish father-and-son team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, along with architects F.J. and W.A Kidd. It is known for its combination of graceful structural beauty and extraordinary acoustics. In 1989, the hall was designated a National Historic Landmark, the highest designation of significance a site or structure can receive. Today, the hall plays hosts to performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Babel series, and touring acts such as Fiona Apple, Cowboy Junkies and Bill Burr.
For more information, visit www.kleinhansbuffalo.org.