It has been a major year for comedy lovers in the Tampa Bay area. Amy Schumer, David Cross Patton Oswalt and Tig Notaro are among the elite comedians who have performed in the area over the course of 2016. Those names don’t even cover the talent featured at the OddBall Comedy Festival at the Florida State Fairgrounds over the summer.
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts announced that the iconic comedian Chris Rock will make his return to comedy in 2017 and will bring his Total Blackout Tour to the Straz Center on April 14. This will be his first standup tour in over nine years. Tickets for his show in Tampa go on sale Friday, December 9 at 10am on Straz Center’s website. Tickets can also be purchased at the Straz Center box office at noon on Dec. 9. Tickets range from $49.50-$125.
Chris Rock’s fame blossomed after his tenure as an SNL cast member from 1989-1993. His acting work includes Two Days in New York, Head of State, Death at a Funeral, Dogma and Grown Ups. In 2014, Rock wrote, directed and starred in the acclaimed ensemble film Top 5.
Rock has won four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards and is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. In addition, he received two nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Director for a Variety Special for “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” and Outstanding Special Class Program for the 88th Annual Academy Awards.