Larry King is a name that has been woven into the fabric of American culture, being invited into the living rooms of millions of people every night for 25 years on CNN. He has been kissed by Marlon Brando; he's tussled with Jerry Seinfeld; he was the first to sit down with Paris Hilton after she left prison; he's interviewed people that never give interviews like the press-shy Frank Sinatra; and his coverage of 9/11 will forever be remembered. In today's society, you can't be considered a success until you've sat down across the table from the master: Larry King.
Now, the most famous interviewer in the world becomes the subject. For 50 years in broadcasting, King has been the one asking the questions. Now, he turns the tables on himself with his brand new stage show, Larry King: STANDING UP. The Emmy®, Peabody and CableACE Award-winning broadcasting icon will be giving fans a hilarious and insightful look inside the legend with a series of exclusive, one-night-only performances for audiences across the country. Starting with his life growing up as a street-smart kid in Brooklyn to tales from his storied career as the greatest interviewer of all time, Larry King's style and wit will give audiences an evening to remember. Audiences will also have the extraordinary opportunity to ask their own questions of the broadcast veteran (and now stand up comedian!) in a Q&A with Larry King at each performance. This unique series of performances will mark King's first stage appearance since completing his triumphant 25-year run on the award-winning CNN program "Larry King Live."
Larry King: STANDING UP is directed by Jim Millan and produced by Base Entertainment and Karl Engemann.
The playing schedule for Larry King: STANDING UP is as follows:
Thursday, April 14th at The Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT
Friday, April 15th at the Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Saturday, April 16th at the Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY
Friday, May 13th at the Hippodrome in Baltimore, MD
Saturday, May 14th at the Music Box in Atlantic City, NJ
Friday, June 10th at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, NV
Saturday, June 11th at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV
Additional dates and cities will be announced soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the individual venue websites listed above.
Larry King has been dubbed "the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever" by TV Guide and "master of the mike" by TIME magazine. The Emmy Award-winning King hosted CNN's Larry King Live, the first worldwide phone-in television talk show and the network's highest rated program for over 25 years. He also hosted Larry King Weekend for CNN, as well as a series of specials for CNN's sister network, TNT. Entertainment Tonight called him the "master interviewer." In addition, he wrote a weekly newspaper column for USA Today and has written 15 books. Described as the "Muhammad Ali of the broadcast interview," King has been inducted into five of the nation's leading broadcasting halls of fame. Both his radio and television shows have won the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. He also has won a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Interview/interviewer and 10 CableACE award for Best Interviewer and for best Talk Show Series. Larry has received honorary degrees from George Washington University, the New England Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College and the Pratt Institute and was a commencement speaker at Columbia University Medical School. In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He has made cameo appearances in 23 movies including Ghost Busters, Primary Colors, Contact, The Kid, The Contender, America' s Sweetheart, and 3 Shrek films. King has appeared in such television series as Murphy Brown, Frasier and Murder One. He founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which awards grants to individuals suffering from heart disease to help pay for much needed medical treatment. He also is involved with the American Heart Association and the Save the Children Foundation. After more than 25 years, holding the record for hosting the longest running talk show, with the same host, in the same time slot and on the same network, King ended his CNN Larry King Live daily talk show to spend more time with his wife and children and to launch other projects in media, entertainment and business. In so doing, Larry King joins Ted Turner, Tom Brokaw, Charles Schwab and other notables on the VIP Jury of the 2011 Film Your Issue, a groundbreaking entrepreneurial initiative and competition directed at those 50 and up, inviting new society-benefitting projects in partnership with the U.S Chamber of Commerce and Sony Pictures Entertainment. King is the father of Andy, Larry Jr. and Chaia, as well as Chance and Cannon from his marriage to Shawn Southwick-King in September 1997, and is stepfather to Danny Southwick from Shawn's first marriage. The Kings split their time between the East and West coasts, with a vacation home in Provo, Utah.
Jim Millan (Director) is one of Canada's foremost and most versatile stage directors. He has four ongoing international tours at present, Play Dead by Teller and Todd Robbins off Broadway at the Player's Theatre, as well as preparing a new North American tour with Canada's Kids in the Hall in development. He was the Founding Artistic Director of Canada's renowned Crow's Theatre. Crow's has produced over 90 new works and numerous tours in Canada and abroad. Jim has directed productions across Canada as well as in Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Mexico City, Caracas, Seoul, Melbourne, Sydney, Budapest, Warsaw and all over the U.S. including off Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Kodak Theatre (LA) and Las Vegas. Jim Millan has a growing international career that includes new works as Creative Director for AEG Themestar and the Kids in the Hall comedy troupe. In fact it was recently noted that he has had productions in 15 languages and 35 countries in the last decade seen by over 10 million people. He is presently the creative director of Kids in the Hall comedy group and a freelance director, creative director, writer and show consultant.
Base Entertainment (Producer) develops, produces and manages live entertainment on the global stage. Current Productions in Las Vegas include: Phantom, Jersey Boys, Peepshow, Defending the Caveman, Absinthe and in Singapore: Disney's The Lion King. www.BASEentertainment.com
Karl Engemann (Producer) has been a recording industry executive and music publisher since 1958, when he became a producer for Warner Bros. Records and later with Capitol Records, where he eventually became Vice-president of Artist & Repertoire during the '60s. He later entered the personal management business managing the Osmond Family and more particularly Marie Osmond for over 35 years before agreeing to join Larry King Enterprises.