Kevin James, the famed comedian currently starring in the hilarious CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait, is hitting The Paramount in Huntington for two days next week as part of the venue’s popular comedy series.
James, a Mineola native, is all-too familiar with the local comedy scene, having gotten his start here. He’s currently filming his new show at the old Grumman aerospace facility in Bethpage.
The comedian’s career took off two decades ago when he starred in another CBS favorite, King of Queens, which ran for nine seasons. The series earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy series in 2006 for his portrayal as a deliveryman. The show was such a success that it’s still in syndication.
James has gone from standout in the local comedy circuit to sitcom star to big screen actor. He’s starred in several big-name films, including Paul Blart: Mall Cop, in which he played a hero security guard. The film grossed $183 million in the United States, and its sequel earned more than $100 million at the box office.
James is in such high demand, it seems, that he had to add a third show at The Paramount, for April 28.
On top of his current gig on CBS and his upcoming performances in Huntington, James is also working on a stand-up special for Internet-streaming giant Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Fans of Kevin Can Wait will also be happy to learn that the series was recently renewed for a second season.