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Kevin Hart joining elite group: Comedians who have played Nassau Coliseum

Kevin Hart at CinemaCon 2016 in Las

 Kevin Hart at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas.  Credit: AP/Chris Pizzello

NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum is known for hosting sports, music, children’s entertainment and conventions but comedy concerts are rare. This Sunday, July 29, comedian Kevin Hart will take the stage as part of his “Irresponsible Tour” putting him in elite company with the handful of legendary stand-ups who have played the arena:


Oct. 6-7, 1978

Known as America’s “wild and crazy guy,” Martin achieved massive popularity wearing an arrow through his head, singing his hit song, “King Tut” and screaming, “Excuuuuuse Me!” in his signature three-piece white suit. Doing comedy in a sport arena was a new concept at the time and Martin rode the wave with his banjo in hand.


July 29, 1986

At age 25, the superstar of TV (“Saturday Night Live”) and film (“Beverly Hills Cop,” “48 Hours,” “Trading Places”) from Roosevelt headlined this homecoming show. Dubbed the “Pieces of My Mind” tour, the material ended up in the 1987 concert film, “Eddie Murphy Raw,” which was filmed at the Felt Forum in Manhattan.


September 16, 1989

Dicemania ran wild at the end of the eighties when the foul-mouthed comic from Brooklyn’s popularity exploded after appearing on Rodney Dangerfield’s “Nothin’ Goes Right” comedy special in 1987 followed by Dice's 1989 HBO solo special, “The Diceman Cometh.” His leather-bound tough guy talk had the crowd chanting adult-oriented Mother Goose poems in unison with him.

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