Comedian and Actor to Perform Oct. 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Aug. 19, 2013) – The versatile and multi-talented Cedric “The Entertainer” returns to The Mahaffey stage and his roots in standup comedy for a special night of entertainment Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50 and will go on sale Friday, Aug. 23 at noon.
Cedric “The Entertainer” is a comedian, actor, producer and director best known as one of the headlining stars of Spike Lee’s hit film, The Original Kings of Comedy, as well as co-star of the WB’s No. 1-rated sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show, and for his scene-stealing role as “Eddie” in the hit Barbershop films.
Additionally, audiences are currently enjoying the charismatic funny man as the star of his own popular sitcom on TV Land, The Soul Man, which he co-created and executive produces.
Marking yet another television high point, Cedric was recently named the new host of the iconic game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, replacing Meredith Viera in the 2013-2014 season – the show’s 12th! Although much of his energy in recent years has been devoted to television and film, Cedric insists that standup will always be an important part of his career.
“You are the conductor and (the audience is) the symphony,” Cedric explains. “It’s a symphony of laughter, if you will, and you’re trying to make sure everybody is hitting some good notes and you’re making this whole, full orchestrated sound of laughter.”
Cedric “The Entertainer”, born Cedric Antonio Kyles, wasn’t particularly known for his comedic talents despite being voted “most humorous” and “most popular” in high school and came into the field accidentally. He had earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications and was working in insurance claims at State Farm, when he entered a comedy competition…and won.
Working his way up from local comedy clubs to national television, Cedric appeared on It’s Showtime at the Apollo in 1992 and Def Comedy Jam. 1994 was a landmark year when he won BET’s Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award and, two years later, his star rose when he landed a part on The Steve Harvey Show.
Cedric’s work on the show earned him four NAACP Image Awards in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. He’s also starred in animated films Ice Age (2002), Madagascar (2005), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) and more currently, Disney’s PLANES (2013).
Tickets for Cedric “The Entertainer” are $49.50, $59.50, $69.50 and $79.50 and may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. Box Office hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
About The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
About The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater!
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.