Former ‘Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno to appear at Kirby Center Oct. 25

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will appear at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center, at www.kirbycenter.org or by calling 570-826-1100.

An exclusive Kirby member pre-sale started Tuesday.

Tickets prices range from $72.50 to $128.00

The acclaimed late-night host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable voice-over artist, car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist, Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business,” a press release says.

The 68-year-old served as host of “The Tonight Show” from 1992 to 2009 and again from 2010 to 2014.

He took over for the legendary Johnny Carson the weekend after Carson retired and went on to earn a spot in the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

After his long run on “Tonight,” Leno started a new show on CNBC called “Jay Leno’s Garage.” He serves as the show’s producer and star.

Leno’s children’s book “If Roast Beef Could Fly” hit bookstores in April 2004 and immediately was a New York Times bestseller. His follow-up, “How to be the Funniest Kid In Your Class,” was similarly successful. His other book, “Leading with My Chin,” hit bookstores in 1998. He also has published four versions of “Headlines,” the compilation of books and desk calendars featuring his favorite funny newspaper headlines, and “Police Blotter,” a book with more humorous newspaper clips involving police stories. Book proceeds go to various charities.

Leno has also done voice-over work in such movies as “Cars” and “Igor.”

In his free time, he enjoys working on his collection of classic cars and motorcycles. In fact, he has built a number of cars, including an acclaimed eco-car in his eco-friendly green garage.

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By Bill O’Boyle

[email protected]

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.