'Live comedy" isn't a phrase often associated with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James these days, but the two stars are touring together in a production they're calling a "comedy roadshow."
James got his start as a stand-up comedian, building his reputation on the late-night talk-show circuit before moving on to television and movies, while Vaughn took time out from his acting career for a monthlong comedy tour in 2005 (documented in the 2008 film "Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland"). The two men seem like polar opposites: Vaughn is a good-looking playboy who'd been romantically linked to Jennifer Aniston, while the heavyset James is best known for playing an average Joe on the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens."
They're starring in their first film together, Ron Howard's "The Dilemma," in which Vaughn plays a man wondering how to tell his best friend (James) that his wife is cheating on him. (It's due Jan. 14.) The live show, which kicked off Monday in Boston, will feature sketch material, improv, audience participation and three other stand-up comics - Huntington's Richie Minervini, Steve Byrne and Owen Benjamin - in addition to James and Vaughn's shenanigans.
HOMETOWN Buffalo Grove, Ill.
EARLY MILESTONE Football player in the 1993 drama "Rudy"
BREAKOUT ROLE Trent Walker, the cocksure Hollywood club-hopper in "Swingers" (1996)
BOX-OFFICE PEAK 2005's "Wedding Crashers" ($209 million)
FAMOUS FRIEND Jon Favreau, writer and co-star of "Swingers"
WIFE IN 'THE DILEMMA' Jennifer Connelly
WIFE IN REAL LIFE Realtor Kyla Weber
HOMETOWN Stony Brook
EARLY MENTOR Richie Minervini, onetime owner of Huntington's East Side Comedy Club and co-star of the Roadshow
EARLY MILESTONE "Star Search" comedy winner, 1995
BOX-OFFICE PEAK Writer-producer-star of last year's "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" ($146 million)
FAMOUS FRIEND Adam Sandler, co-star of "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"
WIFE IN 'THE DILEMMA' Winona Ryder
WIFE IN REAL LIFE Actress Steffiana de la Cruz
When | Where: Wednesday at 8, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., 800-745-3000. Tickets: $52.50-$79.75