Kevin James Comes to The Wilbur Theatre for Five Shows

Posted September 15, 2015 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts
Kevin James

Kevin James is a jack of all trades. When he’s not saving the mall from crooks as Mall Cop Paul Blart or earning respect from the animals as Zookeeper Keyes, he’s offering up a funny line as Frankenstein in Hotel Transylvania. Not to mention all the time he spends as President Cooper over in the animated world of the sci-fi comedy Pixels. But whatever the job he has, he’s funny at it.

Taking time off from all that producing, co-writing, and starring in hit comedies, this funny man is returning to his roots on stage for a few nights of straight up stand-up comedy.

Known for his clean hilarity and audience interaction (read: no one is safe), Kevin James is coming to the Wilbur Theatre, Boston’s home for laughs and music, for five shows from September 18 through 20.

A Road Paved with Laughter

James began his career as a stand-up comedian on the Long Island funny scene. The turning point was the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, where his discovery led to the creation of his own sitcom in 1998. This king of funny soon became The King of Queens, which ran for nine seasons and garnered James an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to television with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central that found the hysterical nature of some of life’s most mundane experiences, from airport security to picking out greeting cards. Only the big screen could hold all of James’ big laughs, so the comedian made his feature film debut in 2005 in Hitch starring opposite Will Smith. To follow were the Mall Cop films, Here Comes The Boom, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, and most recently Pixels. Although his facial expressions are part of the joke, James’ voice has been featured in the animated films such as Monster House, Hotel Transylvania, and its upcoming sequel in theaters this month.

Wilbur Theatre

The Wilbur Theatre is becoming a major player in the downtown Boston entertainment scene by hosting top comedians and live music acts. Photo Courtesy of the Wilbur Theatre.

The Wilbur Theatre

The Wilbur Theatre is a must for anyone looking to kick back and have a good laugh in the heart of Boston’s historic theater district. The historic site  originally opened in 1914 and served as a classic example of Colonial Revival architecture, eventually making it on the list of National Register of Historic Places. Today, it’s the ultimate destination for comedy and music in Boston. Recently revitalized by former Comedy Connection owner Bill Blumenreich in July 2008, the talent the Wilbur brings to Boston is no laughing matter. Or is it? Most every week features A-list names in the world of comedy from Joel McHale and Jimmy Fallon to Bill Maher and Margaret Cho. Not to mention the world of music, with a 2015 lineup that includes Jonny Lang, Yo La Tango, and Joe Jackson.

It’s apparent that Bostonians are already savvy to James’ visit and are ready for the laughs. His first three shows (September 18 at 10PM, September 19 at 7pm and 9:45pm) are sold out. But before tears well in your eyes from sadness, there are still opportunities to laugh so hard you cry. Tickets are available for the two shows on Sunday, September 20, at 5pm and 7:45pm.

The Wilbur Theatre is located at 246 Tremont Street in Boston. Tickets are available by visiting www.thewilbur.com or calling the box office at 617-248-9700.