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Comedian John Crist brings ‘Immature Thoughts’ to Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 10

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From a press release:

Stand-up comedian and Internet personality John Crist will trek to mostly new markets this fall on his Immature Thoughts Tour, including his first-ever jaunt in Eastern Canada.

The creator of viral videos with more than one billion views on YouTube, including the hilarious “Every Parent at Disney,” Crist will be taking his tour live to 27 cities in the U.S. and Canada this fall, including the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

“I am so excited for this new tour! We’ll have lots of new jokes, never-before-seen videos, and other surprises that I can’t wait to share with my fans,” Crist said. “I’m bringing some of my favorite artists back out with me – Trey Kennedy, Aaron Weber, DJ Mykael, Dustin Nickerson, and more. Can’t wait!”

Produced by Premier Productions and managed by Round Table Management, the comedic sensation is heading into fall after a busy “off-season.” Crist will be supported by Dustin Nickerson, Trey Kennedy, Brent Gill, Aaron Weber, Beth Pilgreen, Mike Goodwin, Dusty Slay, and DJ Mykael V in different markets. In Wilkes-Barre, his supporting acts are slated to be Aaron Weber, Beth Pilgreen, and DJ Mykael V.

Tickets for the Wilkes-Barre show, which start at $30, plus fees, go on sale this Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at the arena’s NBT Bank Box Office (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre), and all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-745-3000. An online pre-sale begins Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m. with code CHECKYOURHEART.

After headlining this summer’s “Up Close Comedy Tour,” hosting intimate shows at comedy clubs on the Monday Night Small Group Tour, and making guest appearances at seven summertime festivals, John Crist will switch gears to large capacity churches and venues this October and November.

Whether fans know him from viral videos like “Millennial International,” “Road Rage in the Church Parking Lot,” or “Every Parent at Disney,” the Christian comedian has solidified his comedic prowess with sold-out shows from coast to coast. His most recent tour – The Human Being Tour – was named in the Top 100 Tours globally based on attendance and gross sales, selling over 197,000 tickets. He held the designation for four consecutive weeks, charting as high as No. 28.

Nine years in, Crist has shared the stage with some of the best in the business, including Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Dave Chappelle, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Dana Carvey, Adam Carolla, Chris D’Elia, Anjelah Johnson, Tim Hawkins, and Louie Anderson.

Anderson, named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Comedians of All Time, says of Crist, “It’s only a matter of time until John Crist is a household name. He is so likable, and his stand-up is top notch.” Tim Hawkins, who Crist has performed with over 100 times, says, “This guy ain’t no opener. John Crist is the real deal.”

“My favorite part of touring is meeting people from different areas of the country and hearing how my comedy has impacted them or their favorite part of my act,” Crist said.

Named one of the “Top Five Comics to Watch,” Crist is no stranger to accolades. He was a finalist in Comedy Central’s “Up Next Comedy Competition,” a finalist in the Comedy Works “New Faces Contest,” and named on the Burbank Comedy Festival’s “Best of the Fest.” In April of 2019, he charted on Pollstar’s Top 100 Global Tours, which is based on attendance and gross sales.

Crist has created and starred in several videos for BuzzFeed and has made several appearances on “The Bob and Tom Show.” He has been featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, “Fox & Friends,” US Weekly, USA Today, Buzzfeed, “Laughs” on Fox, the “Today” show, Huffington Post, the Bleacher Report, 9Gag, HLN, Men’s Humor, Relevant Magazine, “The Adam Carolla Show,” WGN, Cloyd Rivers, Old Row, Cracked, the Catalyst Conference, the Nerdist Network, TBN, Grand Ole Opry, and The Daily Wire. He was even once a voice actor on the popular children’s radio show “Adventures in Odyssey.”

Crist’s tour schedule keeps him busy, typically performing in churches, comedy clubs, and theaters. “It wasn’t always like that,” Crist says. “One time when I was first starting out, I did an open mic at a Chili’s. It was traumatizing.”

To date, one of the most unique shows Crist has ever performed was a comedy tour for the troops in Middle East. “It was surreal. It was just me and a tent full of soldiers at this military base on the border of Kuwait and Iraq. No mic, no stage, no nothing. I was standing on a wooden crate. It was probably 120 degrees in there. It was comedy in its purest form.”

When asked where he finds the inspiration to write jokes, Crist says, “Shoot, I grew up in the deep South, my dad is a pastor, and I was the third of eight home-schooled children. My first job was at Chick-fil-A. Coming from a background like that, how do you not write jokes?!”

Crist’s humor sometimes focuses on the nuances of his faith.

“Man, I love the local church. Growing up serving at my dad’s church, I know the effect that a healthy, vibrant local church can have on the community,” Crist said. “If I ever come across as critical, it’s because I love the church and I wish for so much more from it.”