Before he was Paul Blart or a grownup, Kevin James was a working class funnyman whose standup comedy landed him at No. 89 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest comics of all time, calling him "a modern-day Ralph Kramden."
Following his successful 2012 return to standup, James is back with another tour that will bring him to St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater for a sold-out show on Saturday.
The star of Zookeeper, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and this summer's critically panned but audience-loved hit Grown Ups 2, James is best known as TV's The King of Queens. He started his career on the Long Island comedy scene and arrived on TV in good friend Ray Romano's Everybody Loves Raymond before landing his own show as the lovable underdog in 1998.
Like a classic rock band that can deliver familiar material, his standup shows are full of conversational stories about his wife and daughters, aging, the Wendy's Baconator and more relatable material presented in clean, safe-for-work bits.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer