Chris Tucker to bring big laughs to City Auditorium

October 11, 2013 

Chris Tucker’s most recent movie appearance was in “Silver Linings Playbook,” and he will perform Friday at the City Auditorium.


Big-screen star Chris Tucker is getting back to his Georgia and comedic roots with a Macon show Friday at the City Auditorium.

“Being from Atlanta and that area, he is pretty excited to come back and do the show,” said Jesse Stoll, who is producing the show. “Tickets are starting at $26. A really, really affordable show. He’s really funny. A big movie star coming to Macon.”

Tucker rose to fame in the 1990s as a comedian with the Def Comedy Jam but is probably best known for his role as Detective James Carter in the three “Rush Hour” films he did with Jackie Chan.

“We are beyond thrilled to have someone like Chris Tucker grace our stage,” Brenda Thompson, sales manager for the Macon Coliseum, said in an email. “He’s one of the funniest men on the planet and we simply can’t wait to see him entertain the best fans in all of Georgia. Come laugh with us!”

Stoll said the show will include stand-up comedy and impressions as well as stories and experiences from movie sets and stars he knows.

“I mean he’s everything,” Stoll said. “Being a movie star, being a film and TV star, he’s really, really high energy. He’s got great impressions. He’s almost like a storyteller.”

Tucker was primarily a stand-up comedian when he was picked to play Smokey in the 1995 comedy “Friday.” He received three MTV movie award nominations for that performance.

This led to his starring role in the 1998 martial arts comedy “Rush Hour,” which earned him a number of award nominations and continued with roles in “Rush Hour 2” and “Rush Hour 3.”

Most recently he appeared in the critically acclaimed “Silver Linings Playbook,” which co-starred Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. He and the cast received a 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for their work in the movie.

But comedy remains Tucker’s first forte, Stoll said.

“That was his first shows before he got into TV and movies. That was a huge circuit for him to get on the map,” Stoll said. “He’s been touring now for a couple of years. It’s his return tour since he was out of it a few years. He’s been selling out.”

Chris Tucker

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 11

Where: City Auditorium, 415 First St.

Cost: $26.50 and up, plus a service fee if purchased through Ticketmaster

Information: Tickets can be purchased at the Macon Centreplex Box Office, 200 Coliseum Drive; online at; or by phone at 800-745-3000

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