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Comedian and former ‘Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno returns to Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Oct. 16

Comedian and former ‘Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno returns to Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Oct. 16
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From a press release:

Before Jay Leno became the host of the top-rated “Tonight Show,” he honed his comedy in clubs all over the country, often exceeding 300 dates per year. He opened for the likes of Tom Jones and John Denver and, after moving to Los Angeles, began his career in television and film, both writing behind the scenes and making appearances on shows such as “Welcome Back, Kotter” and films including “American Hot Wax.”

This comedic great will return to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which range from $65-$85, go on sale this Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem),, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

On March 2, 1977, Leno made his first appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and was named permanent guest host in 1987. While he took over the desk full-time in 1992, Leno never stopped touring the comedy circuit and averaged over 150 gigs a year. Leno hosted “The Tonight Show” until February of 2014.

He continues to perform stand up across the county and around the globe. Most recently, he could be found making several guest appearances on the television show “Last Man Standing.”

It is his “everyman” style and personality that has helped him earn millions of fans worldwide. He has been touted as one of the nicest people in show business and undeniably one of the hardest-working.

Aside from his stand-up shows, hosting duties, and television appearances, Leno has authored two New York Times best-selling children’s books. He also has published four versions of “Headlines,” the compilation of books and desk calendars featuring his favorite funny newspaper headlines, and “Police Blotter,” a book with more humorous newspaper clips involving police stories, with proceeds going to various charities.