A hot streak for big name comics coming to KC is about to unfold…
D.L. Hughley stops by the Improv this weekend. I worked with D.L. when he had his own series back in the late 90’s. His first show here was at Stanford’s in Westport. However these days we don’t do many urban acts at Legends, so he’s an Improv guy..but still a very funny man. The Improv loves the urban comedy.
On the other side of the scope this March Ron White, the former Blue Collar star is at the Midland. Ron’s a great person. We had him at both Stanford’s in Westport and Overland Park. Before Blue Collar Ron didn’t draw well. He asked me to give him one more shot back around 2000 so I said O.K.
Then Blue Collar hit before Ron got here, but Instead of canceling – we had him at $1,500 for the week – he said, "I’ll still come because you stood by me when things were bad." He simply asked for $3,000 and a small bonus and we gladly said yes, since Ron was already getting $35,000 a week then. Now it’s like 30-50 grand a night.
And Stanford’s is on a roll...
This week it’s America’s Got Talent comic J. Chris Newberg. Chris also did much of the comedy with Dan Cook on last year’s American Idol. He was on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and had the hit song "Drunk Girl." And a week from Wednesday he’s on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno.
Newberg and Piers Morgan went at each other last year during America’s Got Talent. He eventually roasted Piers on the show. Johnny Dare has him on Friday morning again.
Next week Stanford’s brings in another Dare favorite, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, stars of both Crank Yankers and Heavy Metal Show on VH-1. The two New York boys also did HBO’s Inside the NFL a couple years back as the comedy portion of the show. Florentine is famous for his terrorizing telemarketers CD’s – "I got mail, I got mail, I got mail" – that guy.
Most interesting of all, on March 8-10 at Stanford’s, we have Australia’s Jim Jefferies.
Jim is considered by many to be today’s most talented standup comic – a modern day Richard Pryor from Down Under. His HBO special rocked last year. And he has two more, one out now on Showtime. Jim and sometimes sidekick Eddie Ifft also have a POD cast that is top 5 called "Talkin Shit." They even target me on the show.
If you want to see an unforgettable show don’t miss Jim Jefferies. And don’t wait because he alway sells out.
See you all at the shows.