The VIPP Report: Ball N’ Out is common for Rupp Arena but Wild N’ Out takes over in March

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There’s some shows that you just can’t turn away from. I’m surfing the channels and I always have to stop on MTV’s Wild N’ Out. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to pop culture but I literally learn something new every time I watch that show.  It’s a rap and comedy battle on steroids, performances by top artists and the latest in trends. With its resurgence of the show Nick Cannon has decided to hit the road.

Save the date of Tuesday, March 24th for Wild N’ Out in Lexington, KY.  The show will be held in Rupp Arena.

Fans of the show can expect some standup as well as some music performances.  Some of the cast members you will get to see on tour, DC Young Fly, Karious Miller, Emmanuel Hudson, Justina Valentine and DJ D-Wreck.  The 27-city tour kicks off in March with the lineup changing up for each city along with some surprise guests.

Tickets start around $30.00.  You can purchase tickets at, and the Lexington Center Ticket Office.

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The VIPP Report: Chris Tucker announces Kentucky comedy show


Twenty-twenty is shaping up to be a big year for entertainment coming to the Bluegrass.  Comedian/actor Chris Tucker announces his return to Louisville.  The Rush Hour and Friday star has attended the Kentucky Derby and other events while in Louisville. He even took the stage to sing with the late Teena Marie at the Grand Gala, a Kentucky Derby Event but this time he will take the stage to do stand up.  Save the date of Friday, March 6th at the Louisville Palace.

Tickets are already on sale and they start at $39.50.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Fans will not be allowed to take photos and/or record portions of the show.  Tucker and his team just want you to sit back and just take in the comedy experience.


The VIPP Report: JB Smoove performs at the Kentucky Center

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center presents multi-talented comedian/actor Jerry “JB Smoove” Brooks.  The author of The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool, based on his character Leon where he’s loved by so many fans who watch the HBO comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.  He actually got his start by appearing on Def Comedy Jam in 1995.  He’s appeared on countless shows and programs from Saturday Night Live, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat to the Real Husbands of Hollywood.

He will be at the Kentucky Center on Friday, October 25th in Bomhard Theater.  His stand up act is for mature adults due to the language and theme of the show.

Tickets are $38.50 and they are still available at the time of this report.

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The VIPP Report: Comedian Eddie Griffin announces date of Louisville show

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The actor/comedian will be in Louisville at the Brown Theatre on Saturday, July 21st.  In February, Showtime premiered his fifth stand-up special, Eddie Griffin: Undeniable and now fans can see him live on stage.

In 1990, Griffin took a dare to get up in front of an audience in a comedy club and do three minutes of stand up. Needless to say some 45 minutes later the choreographer for the Kansas City Chiefs half-time shows hung up his dance shoes and headed to Los Angeles with a one-way ticket to pursue his gift to make people laugh. Some 28 years later, Griffin continues to make people laugh on television and venues across the country.

Tickets for Eddie Griffin’s Louisville show at the Brown Theatre start at $45.  They go on sale at 10:00 am on Friday, May 18th.

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The VIPP Report: Comedian Dave Chappelle announces popup show in Louisville



Tickets went on sale at 10 am Friday for comedian/actor Dave Chappelle’s pop up show in Louisville and at 2:30 pm that afternoon, I’ve received word that the show is sold out for the Louisville Palace show.

Chappelle will be in Louisville on Thursday, June 8th.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m.

I have not received word if another show will be added but follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr for updates.



The VIPP Report: Comedian Lavell Crawford returns to Louisville


Comedian and actor Lavell Crawford will be at the Brown Theatre on Friday, June 24th.  Currently, he has an one-hour special on Netflix entitled LAVELL CRAWFORD: CAN A BROTHER GET SOME LOVE.  Comedienne Dominique will open the show.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 am at, The Kentucky Center box office, or by calling 800-584-7777.

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The VIPP Report: Where in the world is Katt Williams? No show tonight in Louisville, KY

Katt_Louisville_620x385-2c556876bcNone of these guys showed up tonight in Louisville, Ky.  Katt Williams is a no show!

By Sherlene Shanklin

Saturday, April 16, 2016

(Louisville, KY)  Loyal fans of the comedian/actor Katt Williams waited for hours in Louisville, KY at the KFC Yum! Center just to find out that he would not be doing his show.  Fans had hoped that “The Conspiracy Theory” tour would give them a little laughter on Saturday night but instead thousands of fans sat and waited patiently for Williams to take the stage which never happened.

Louisville had a lot of events going on tonight from Zeta Phi Beta conference with celebrity member Sheryl Underwood as a guest, Phi Beta Sigma conference, Motown the Musical and the University of Louisville Red-White football game as well as other events.  So, many guests to the city had decided to make Williams’ show apart of their visit.

Here’s the message the KFC Yum! Center sent in regards to Katt Williams’ show: 

“Due to circumstances beyond the KFC Yum! Center’s control, Katt Williams will be unable to perform at tonight’s KFC Yum! Center show as originally scheduled.  All guests may request a refund at the original point of purchase.”

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The VIPP Report: A funny twist on Valentine’s Day, give the gift of laughter by attending a comedy show

It’s the My Funny Valentine Comedy Jam featuring D.L. Hughley, John Witherspoon, Adele Givens and Aries Spears. The comedy show will be in Louisville on Sunday, February 15th at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.
Tickets start at $52 and they are now available online, at all ticketmaster locations and the Kentucky Center Box Office.
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The VIPP Report: Dick Gregory returns to Louisville for one night only


The VIPP Report: Civil right activist and comedian Dick Gregory will take the stage on Wednesday, June 18th in Louisville for one show only at the Laughing Derby at Comedy Caravan. The 83year old has produced 15 comedy albums and written 14 books just to name a few of his accolades. His live performance is not for the shy. His “Tell it like it is” approach brings current events and humor to another level.

Gregory is no stranger to Louisville. He’s been here several times in support of the late Rev. Louis Coleman and civil rights issues. In 2002, Gregory along with Martin Luther King III and other leaders walked the streets of Louisville in protest of the death of James Taylor who was killed by police.

It will be interesting to hear what Gregory will say tomorrow night at the Laughing Derby. Comedian Steve Hofstetter from the Late Late Show will open for Gregory.

The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person. The Laughing Derby at Comedy Caravan is located at the Mid-City Mall, 1250 Bardstown Road.

Next event: June 19th-21st will be Comedian Mark Curry.
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