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Comedian and actor Kevin Nealon to perform at ArtsQuest

By , - Last modified: March 30, 2017 at 11:51 AM

You probably know him best from his nine-year stint as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live.” Or maybe from his role in “Weeds,” the hit Showtime series.

Setting himself apart from other comedians with a sense of dry humor, sardonic wit and a likable demeanor, actor/comedian Kevin Nealon will fill the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem with laughter on Sunday, May 7.

Nealon is one of the longest-running cast members on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (1986-1995), creating some of the show’s most memorable characters, including The Subliminal Man and Hans and Franz. He also has a recurring role as anchor of Weekend Update on the show.

In 1988, Nealon earned an Emmy Award nomination as part of the SNL writing team.

Nealon debuted on network television in 1984 doing a stand-up routine on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” From there, Nealon’s name escalated and he soon became a staple in the world of comedy.

After SNL, Nealon delved into films. He’s starred in movies including “All I want for Christmas,” “Happy Gilmore” and “Grandma’s Boy,” and in 2005 appeared in an episode of Seinfeld creator Larry David’s hit HBO series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

From 2005-2012, Nealon portrayed the character Doug Wilson on “Weeds.” Nealon was a recurring character that was good friends with the lead, Nancy Botwin, who was played by actress Mary Louise Parker. The show was based upon a widowed mother who sold marijuana in southern California to support her family after the untimely passing of her husband.

Nealon was born in St. Louis and raised in Bridgeport, Conn. Through his undergraduate years at Sacred Heart University, Nealon worked in a variety of part-time jobs while doing stand-up comedy, which ended up being his calling.

Nealon’s show at ArtsQuest will contain adult language and/or situations. Anyone 13-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No child 12 or younger will be admitted.

Tickets for the show are $35-39 in advance and $39-44 the day of the show.

Doors at 6 p.m., with a 7:30 show time. Dinner and drinks will be served for an additional fee, if desired.

More information and tickets, visit www.steelstacks.org.

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Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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