Kevin James on Comedy, Fame, & Staying Grounded
Legendary comedian and actor KEVIN JAMES recalls his time on the Long Island standup circuit, the relationships which helped him thrive, and how he found his big break. James explores the balance between delighting global audiences and remaining relatable in the face of success. Join James for a warm look at the origins of his wildly successful comedic career, full of funny personal stories and meaningful takeaways for anyone seeking to follow their dream.
Lessons in Comedy from the Funniest Man in the Room
Popular comedian and actor KEVIN JAMES started his career in standup. In this talk, he discusses how he reads a room, providing a funny yet insightful guide to infusing humor into any situation. James lays out his ground rules for being funny, applicable for any situation from personal conversations to boardroom presentations.
Comedian Kevin James returns to standup
Beloved comedian and actor KEVIN JAMES dropped out of college to pursue standup comedy after joining his brother’s improv group. He performed standup comedy for 11 years before his big break came at the 1996 “Just for Laughs” Montreal comedy festival, where he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom, The King of Queens. While his work across talk shows, television shows, and movies has left an undeniable mark on American culture, James’ standup origins call him back to the stage.
James’ first comedy special, Sweat the Small Stuff, was produced by Comedy Central and launched his work to mainstream popularity. His second special, Never Don’t Give Up, was produced by Netflix and kicked off many years of collaboration with the production company. He has since worked with Netflix on a range of successful comedy projects spanning both television series and feature-length films. His latest special, Irregardless, is produced by Amazon Prime Video to complement his tour, Owls Don’t Walk. James continues to engage fans onstage with his timely humor, impeccable delivery, and meaningful stories.
Kevin James began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom.
The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world. James also starred in, and executive produced The Crew, a Netflix sitcom set in the world of NASCAR.
James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach; a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy. His second comedy special Never Don’t Give Up premiered on Netflix to critical acclaim.
James was the producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop 1 & 2, Zookeeper, and Here Comes The Boom. James made his feature film debut in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch starring opposite Will Smith, and starred alongside Adam Sandler in Pixels, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and Hubie Halloween. He starred in the feature True Memoirs of an International Assassin for Netflix, the independent
action thriller Becky, and starred in and produced Home Team for Netflix.