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Gallagher, Artie Fletcher, and Bob Nelson smashing into Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 6

Gallagher, Artie Fletcher, and Bob Nelson smashing into Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 6
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From a press release:

It was announced today that the Gallagher “Joke’s on You Comedy Tour” will stop at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m., featuring Gallagher, Artie Fletcher, and Bob Nelson.

Tickets for this hilarious evening, which are $45, $55, and $75 (pit seating), plus fees, go on sale this Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, online at, or by phone at 570-826-1100. A special Kirby Member pre-sale begins Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m.

Text GALLAGHER to 64600 for the chance to win a free meet and greet with the performers.

Sure, Gallagher’s the famous watermelon smasher. Yes, he literally invented the television stand-up comedy special. Absolutely, 14 Showtime specials is a big deal. And certainly 3,500 live shows to capacity crowds is worth mentioning. But how about that he is the reason they invented Comedy Central? Or that, before him, no one ever had that level of interaction with a live audience? Or that he was the No. 1 comedian (in ticket sales and ratings) for almost 15 years? Gallagher has led an extraordinary life, with an even more spectacular career. His fanbase is one of the most loyal there is, and he rewards them every chance he gets, now on the “Jokes on You” tour!

Artie Fletcher is one of the entertainment industry’s most talked-about “must-see” performers. No stranger to film and television, commercials, voice-overs, print, and live stand-up comedy, Fletcher is taking the industry and Newstalk radio waves by storm. He has been seen on “Law & Order,” “Conan O’Brien,” “David Letterman,” and “The Tonight Show.” He has performed his dynamic act in such places as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Radio City Music Hall, Westbury Music Fair, the Toyota Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Festival, and Universal Orlando, to name a few. Fletcher performs internationally for audiences in places as diverse as England, Canada, Hong Kong, and Aruba.

Fletcher has been spotlighted in Las Vegas, Radio City Music Hall, Atlantic City, and opened for the likes of Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin, Howie Mandell, and Tony Bennett. Philbin described Artie’s ability to entertain and adjust his act to any situation as “just unbelievable!” Joan Rivers affirmed, “The most interesting thing about Artie is that I’ve never seen so much energy from any person on and off stage.” Through the years, he has met many people in the business, all who have said, “Black or white, it doesn’t really matter – Artie is one of the hottest entertainers to watch!”

Watching a Bob Nelson live performance is like watching several different types of top comedians all rolled up into one. Characters like the lovable nerd Eppy Epperman, punchy boxer Jiffy Jeff, and chicken rancher Wilby Stuckinson are as funny and memorable as any you will see in comedy today. His football routine is a recognized comedy classic and “Morning,” his tale of a farmer and a duck, is one of the finest works of one-man showmanship to grace the modern stage. If all that were not enough, Nelson’s ability to relay personal stories and observations about everyday life put him in the same league as the best of today’s stand-up comics. His shows are filled with spontaneity, zaniness, and singular moments that will astound you. Throughout his career, Nelson has been hailed as one of the most gifted funny people on the planet.