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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco returns to Wilkes-Barre for Mohegan Sun Arena show on Dec. 5

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco returns to Wilkes-Barre for Mohegan Sun Arena show on Dec. 5
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Touted as “the hottest comic in America” by the New York Times, Sebastian Maniscalco has celebrated heights only a few comedians ever achieve. A string of record-breaking, sold-out arena shows include a comedy record for Chicago’s United Center with 21,286, the highest gross for a single event at Boston’s TD Garden, and a historic four-show run at New York’s Madison Square Garden, breaking the record for most shows sold in a weekend for the venue.

That blockbuster success, coupled with Netflix original comedy specials and a starring role alongside Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film “The Irishman,” it’s no surprise that both Pollstar and Billboard have honored the stand-up with their top touring awards.

Currently on the road for his new Nobody Does This Tour, the comic Vulture said “built a tremendous fan base the old-fashioned way: one joke at a time, one audience at the time,” has announced over 15 arena dates for the second leg of the blockbuster tour. With so many new experiences to draw from this last year, Maniscalco is sharing his unique comedic perspective with the masses with this brand new show.

“I’ve been unable to share my comedy for over a year,” he shared exclusively with Billboard earlier this year. “I’m busting at the seams to get back out on the road and share my observations about life and family on this brand new tour!”

Launching in November, the new tour dates will find him returning to many of the arenas he sold out with his last performance, including Los Angeles’ The Forum, Boston’s TD Garden, and returns to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena and Montreal’s Bell Centre in 2022. Longtime opener and fellow Chicago native Pat McGann continues as the opening comedian on this cross-country trek that includes a stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which start at $52.75, plus fees, go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre) and ticketmaster.com. A pre-sale begins Wednesday, July 28 at 10 a.m. at sebastianlive.com using the code NOBODY.

Locally, Maniscalco has sold out several shows at the nearby F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre in 2016 and 2018.

During the last year, the man NBC’s Nightly News dubbed “comedy’s new superstar” found new ways to connect with fans and flex his comedic muscles, including hosting several virtual dinners with friend and chef Dominick DiBartolomeo. Billed as “Sebastian’s Sunday Supper,” the events offered the ultimate virtual dinner party, filled with amazing food and packed with special guests, including Jerry Seinfeld, Lester Holt, J.J. Watt, Christopher Lloyd, and Rick Caruso.

The 48-year-old comedian also still managed to notch several career firsts in 2020, including a two-night run as guest host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In addition to adding late night host to his growing list of hyphenates, Maniscalco became an executive producer with the release of “Sebastian Maniscalco presents Pat McGann: When’s Mom Gonna Be Home?”

Before the summer is over, fans will find the always bothered funnyman on their TV exploring the world of food in his new series “Well Done with Sebastian Maniscalco.” The Discovery+ show premieres on Aug. 12.

He will also make a return the big screen with a number of high-profile films. Projects in the works include a role in an untitled dramedy from Ray Romano; starring alongside Michelle Monaghan, Wiz Kalifa, Jason Derulo, and more as legendary producer Giorgio Moroder in the upcoming Neil Bogart biopic “Spinning Gold;” and appearing opposite Robert DeNiro in “About My Father,” a film loosely based on Maniscalco’s life. Stay tuned for news on the films’ release dates.

His focus at the moment is the Nobody Does This Tour after a year off the road. Recognized by both Billboard and Pollstar with top touring awards, Nobody Does This follows a string of record-breaking, sold-out arena shows from his Stay Hungry and You Bother Me tours.

That success follows a number of blockbuster years for the comedian, author, and actor. In addition to releasing a bestselling memoir, “Stay Hungry,” and a Netflix original special under the same name, the comic hosted the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards and landed roles in “The Irishman” as well as “Green Book,” which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.