Jay Leno to perform at King Center For The Performing Arts in January 2019
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Jay Leno is returning to his stand-up comedy roots in January. The former host of "The Tonight Show" will headline at King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida on Jan. 4, and comedy fans can get tickets starting this Friday, Oct. 26 through AXS.

Audiences around the world know Leno for hosting NBC's"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" from 1992 to 2009, and again from 2010 until his departure in 2014. He was then inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and currently hosts the reality show "Jay Leno's Garage" on NBC's sister channel CNBC, sharing his love of cars and talking with celebrity guests about their rides.

But before he became one of the faces of late night TV, Leno began his career as a stand-up comedian. His first appearance on "The Tonight Show" was in 1977 as that night's guest comic. He continued to perform stand-up even after being named host in 1992, telling USA Today in 2008 that he was saving his TV income and living solely off what he was making from live performances. And since leaving late night, he's still out there entertaining audiences around the country.

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It's easy to see why: whether on television or in person, behind a desk or on the street, Jay Leno has always been able to make audiences laugh. His affable personality, mixed with his ability to poke fun at people without making it mean-spirited, is a winning combination. Whether it's finding the humor in political correctness or crashing Jimmy Fallon's monologue, Leno is always entertaining.

Now he's bringing his effortless stand-up to Florida. Comedy fans looking to start off the new year with an evening of family-friendly, yet also topical laughs will want to get their seats to see Jay Leno live, because he will not only have audiences rolling in the aisles, but he's able to make just about anything funny. And isn't laughing a fantastic way to start 2019?

Tickets for Jay Leno at King Center for the Performing Arts go on sale Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. local time through the AXS event page. Tickets start at $59.50 and VIP packages will be available. Don't miss the opportunity to see one of the late night legends of comedy live, and for more upcoming events at King Center for the Performing Arts, visit the AXS venue page.

For more on Jay Leno, visit his artist page at AXS.