‘SNL’ comedian David Spade performs at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 24
From a press release:
It was announced today that comedian, actor, writer, and television/podcast host David Spade will perform at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Sept. 24 as part of his Catch Me Inside Tour.
Spade became a household favorite during his tenure as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” For his memorable role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on the hit NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me,” he received nominations for a 1999 Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and American Comedy Award. He continues to be a box office draw as he tours his stand-up shows nationwide. His most recent comedy special, “Nothing Personal,” debuted on Netflix in 2022.
Doors at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets, which are $45, $55, and $65, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at the Kirby Center box office, online at kirbycenter.org and ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Thursday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
Born in Birmingham, Michigan and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spade started his career by performing stand-up comedy in clubs, theaters, and colleges across the country. He made his TV debut on “Saturday Night Live” in 1990 and was soon named the “Hot Stand-Up Comedian of the Year” by Rolling Stone magazine. As a writer and a performer on the popular sketch comedy show for five years, he is best known for his memorable characters, including the sarcastic “Hollywood Minute” reporter on “Weekend Update,” and catchphrases like, “And you are…?” and “Buh-bye!”
Currently, the 58-year-old comic can be heard co-hosting his podcast “Fly on the Wall” alongside fellow “SNL” alum Dana Carvey. In each episode, they interview cast members, hosts, writers, and musical guests as they share never-before-told stories about their careers and how “SNL’s” cultural history has impacted their lives beyond the show.
The podcast premiered at No. 1 in the comedy category and in the Top 5 overall on Apple’s podcast chart and has since been nominated for Podcast of the Year at the 2023 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards. Now in its second season, the show has featured interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Fallon, Martin Short, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Tom Hanks, and many more. New episodes are released every Wednesday, everywhere podcasts are available.
In 2020, Spade starred in the Netflix original comedy “The Wrong Missy.” At the time of release, the film was the No. 1 movie on the streaming platform and the eighth most-watched Netflix original movie in the company’s history. That same year, he hosted his own late-night series “Lights Out with David Spade” on Comedy Central.
In 2018, he released “A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World” exclusively on Audible. The audio book was a New York Times bestseller and was well-received by critics and fans. Spade was also seen in the Netflix original comedy “Father of the Year,” which was one of the highest streamed films globally on the platform. Prior to that, he starred in the Netflix original comedy “The Do-Over” opposite Adam Sandler and Paula Patton, which is one of Netflix’s biggest original film releases.
In 2015, Spade reprised his role as the hilarious and endearing “white trash” misfit Joe Dirt in the sequel to the cult classic, “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser,” directed by Fred Wolf, with whom he co-wrote the script. The film has been streamed over two million times, making it Crackle’s most-watched original movie to date. Later that same year, he released his memoir, “Almost Interesting,” through Dey Street Books, which went on to become a New York Times Bestseller.
In 2013, Spade was seen in Sony Pictures’ “Grown Ups 2” alongside Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Kevin James. The film was a follow up to the 2010 hit comedy about a group of childhood friends who reunite years later. In 2012, Spade was heard as the voice of Griffin the Invisible Man in the animated feature “Hotel Transylvania” alongside Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, and Andy Samberg, among others. He reprised his role in the sequel, “Hotel Transylvania 2” (2015), and returned for “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” (2018) and “Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania” (2022).
His other popular film credits include Sony Pictures’ “Benchwarmers” and Paramount Pictures’ “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” the latter which he co-wrote with Fred Wolf. Both opened at No. 1 at the box office and enjoyed critical and commercial success. He co-starred with “SNL” alum Chris Farley in the films “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep,” the former for which the pair won a 1996 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo. He also appeared in “Reality Bites,” “Light Sleeper,” “Coneheads,” and “Lost & Found,” which he co-wrote the screenplay for.
On the small screen, Spade starred in the CBS comedy “Rules of Engagement.” The show was produced by Sony’s Happy Madison Productions and centered around three men in different stages of their relationships: married, engaged, and single. The series enjoyed excellent ratings and critical success throughout all of its seven seasons. He appeared in “The Showbiz Show” for Comedy Central, which aired from 2005-2007. He created, executive produced, hosted, and wrote the show along with pal and former “SNL” writer Hugh Fink.
He had a memorable guest starring role on the critically acclaimed “The Larry Sanders Show” and appeared in HBO’s 13th annual “Young Comedians Special.” He has also recorded several well-received stand-up comedy specials, including “David Spade: My Fake Problems” on Comedy Central in 2014.
The F.M. Kirby Center is a historic Art Deco/Moderne-style performing arts center located in downtown Wilkes-Barre. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.