A pair of New York-bred stand-up comics are set to hit The Paramount’s stage this month.
First, Tracy Morgan, a Bronx native, is bringing his “Live on Stage 2017!” show to The Paramount on Saturday, Oct. 14. Then, on Oct. 22, Long Island-native Kevin James is making his return to Huntington.
For Morgan, star of “30 Rock” and one-time “Saturday Night Live!” cast member, his most recent tour comes a little more than three years after he nearly lost his life. On June 7, 2014, a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike left Morgan in critical condition and killed his close friend, James McNair. Two months later, Morgan was still going through rehab, and undergoing therapy for injuries sustained during the crash.
However, he’s since returned to the stage, including to The Paramount last year with his “Picking Up The Pieces” tour, his first since the accident.
Morgan is one of the most respected comedians in his field and is known for his impressions, including those of Maya Angelou, Marion Barry, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tito Jackson, Star Jones and more.
Kevin James, who was born in Mineola, is also returning to The Paramount after a successful 2016 stint at the Huntington venue.
James, the star and executive producer of sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” and former longtime star of “The King of Queens,” got his start in the Long Island comedy scene in the mid '90s. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom, “The King of Queens.”
In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to television, and in 2005 he 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.
He’s also enjoyed a successful film career, starring in the “Paul Blart” series and alongside Adam Sandler in the “Grown Ups” series.
Tickets for Morgan’s show, which starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14, are $50-$70 and tickets for James’ show, which starts at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22, are $49.50-$99.50. They can be purchased at the box office or at Paramountny.com.