Comedian Kevin James slated for stand up shows in Orono, Portland

kevin jamesComedian Kevin James — beloved by many for his long-running CBS sitcom “The King of Queens” and movies like “Grown Ups” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” — will make two appearances in Maine this fall on his stand up comedy tour.

James will perform two Waterfront Concerts-promoted shows on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono, and on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Tickets for both shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13 via waterfrontconcerts.com or Ticketmaster. Tickets for the Collins Center show are $43 to $79, and tickets for the Merrill show are $41 to $77.

Kevin James is the producer, co-writer, and star of hit comedies like “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Zookeeper.” He broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ “Hitch” starring opposite Will Smith, but his comedy career started well before that 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, and 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.

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