COMEDIC FIREWORKS HEAT UP THE SUMMER AT THE BROWARD CENTER AND THE PARKER
Published: May 15, 2023
From comedy forged in the nation’s toughest clubs to humor sent around the world on social and streaming, the summer will heat up at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The Parker with the red-hot comedy of Leslie Jones, Margaret Cho, Straight Up With Stassi, Jeff Leeson, Eric D'alessandro and Eric Neuman.
Three-time Emmy Award nominee, comedian and actress Leslie Jones performs at The Parker on Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. She is joined by Lenny Marcus, her co-host on the podcast, The Fckry, which can be heard on Apple Podcast and Spotify, among others. Jones was a cast member and writer for the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 2014 to 2019 and is currently the host of Supermarket Sweep. In addition to her Showtime special, Problem Child, she has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. Jones starred in Ghostbusters in 2016 and starred opposite Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming 2 America, which garnered a 2021 MTV Movie and TV Award for "Best Comedic Performance" and a 2021 People's Choice Award "Favorite Movie Star" nomination for Jones. She can currently be seen starring in Taika Waititi's pirate comedy series Our Flag Means Death for HBO Max. Part of the Truist Comedy Series, this concert is presented by the Broward Center and AEG Presents. This event may contain adult language or content. Tickets are $39.50-$65.
Part of the Truist Comedy Series, Margaret Cho: Live and Livid! brings the comic with more than a few albums and specials under her belt to The Parker on Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. More than anything else, Margaret Cho is unconditionally, unapologetically herself as she unleashes her unabashed, sure-fire humor to debunk such taboo subjects as sex, race, world politics, sexual orientation and womanhood. Her career highlights include: nine comedy specials; two musical/comedy albums; starring in I'm The One That I Want off-Broadway; the historic TV show All American Girl; the documentary #BeRobin; a role on Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva; host of TLC's All About SEX; cohost of E!'s Fashion Police; and being a contestant on Dancing With the Stars and The Masked Singer. She is the winner of countless awards for comedy and acting as well as for her anti-racism, anti-bullying, homeless and gay rights efforts. This event may contain adult language or content. Tickets are $37.50-$65.50.
Straight Up With Stassi LIVE - The Mommy Dearest Tour with special guest Taylor Strecker arrives at The Parker on Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Stassi may be pregnant, but she can still rally, and she’s ready to finally be reunited with her Khaleesis. The evening offers laughs, exclusive gossip and the fun of a glass (or five) of wine. Gasp at recent headlines during Pop Culture Hour live with Taylor Strecker, gush and commiserate with Stassi and Beau about family life during The Good The Bad The Baby and get real advice about relationship/friendship drama during a live Pour It Out segment! Tickets are $39.50-$59.50 with $135 VIP tickets that include a pre-show meet and greet and other exclusives.
Combining traditional stand-up comedy with long form improv that makes every show unique, Jeff Leeson comes to the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center as part of the Truist Comedy Series on Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to his newly released YouTube special, Sorry I'm Not Kevin Hart, Leeson has been featured in two comedy specials on Amazon Prime, The Bob & Tom Show and a Dry Bar Comedy Special as well as on Sirius XM radio, Spotify and iTunes. With more than 50 million views of his stand up online, Leeson is quickly becoming one of the most requested acts in North America. This event may contain adult language or content. Tickets are $25-$35 with a $20 VIP opportunity to meet the comic that can be added to any ticket.
New York native Eric D'Alessandro appears live in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center as part of the Truist Comedy Series on Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. Having grown up with a camera in his hand, D'Alessandro created a YouTube channel sharing original, timely and relatable content for the everyday American. His sketches featuring original characters like "Maria Marie," as well as impressions of celebrities and comedic covers of popular songs helped build a loyal fan base with millions of YouTube video views as well as 255,000+ Instagram and 477,000 TikTok followers. His recent video "Mask Off Remix (Walmart Diss)" went viral gaining more than 16 million views across all his platforms. This event may contain adult language or content. Tickets are $35-$55 with a $50 VIP opportunity to meet the comic that can be added to any ticket.
One of the fastest rising standup comedians in the U.S. comes to the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center as Eric Neuman performs on Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. His three albums and specials have all reached no. 1 on iTunes’ comedy charts: Nervous Lover, Just A Phase and But Enough about Me: A Crowd Work Album. In addition to making his late night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Neuman appeared on Season 3 of Comedy Central's This Week at the Comedy Cellar and Season 1 of The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show on Netflix. Being able to find humor in everything, he was featured in The Jerusalem Post as "one of the Jewish comedians who stayed relevant during the Covid-19 pandemic." When not touring, Neuman lives in Manhattan, where he is a regular at the Comedy Cellar. This event may contain adult language or content. Tickets for this Truist Comedy Series event are $25-$35 with a $20 VIP opportunity to meet the comic that can be added to any ticket.
Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Broward Center and The Parker. Buy tickets online at BrowardCenter.org, ParkerPlayhouse.com or Ticketmaster.com; by phone at 954.462.0222 or in person at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Lillian S. Wells Hall at The Parker is located in Holiday Park at 707 N.E. Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. The Parker is an affiliated venue of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which provides programming and management of the facility.
The Broward Center 2022/2023 season is supported by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. AutoNation, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Spirit and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center are proud sponsors of the Broward Center. Programs are also sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
One of America’s premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events. Guest experiences at the Broward Center include the all-inclusive Spirit Club Level, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Intermezzo Lounge, special events in the Huizenga Pavilion, waterfront dining at Marti’s New River Bistro and innovative classes and workshops for all ages at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center serves more than 130,000 students annually. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit BrowardCenter.org.
About The Parker
The Parker is Fort Lauderdale’s iconic, heritage theater presenting concerts, comedy, dance, family fare and more. Beautifully renovated in 2021, The Parker offers audiences enhanced entertainment and hospitality experiences. The neo-classical Lillian S. Wells Hall features outstanding acoustics, unobstructed sightlines, wide rows and continental seating. The grand S. Donald Sussman Lobby, the intimate Haller Club, and the private members’ lounge, The Place To Be, provide ample opportunities for audiences to enjoy culture, cocktails and conversation with every visit to the theater. For more information, visit ParkerPlayhouse.com