Comedian Brad Upton
Comedian Brad Upton is proving it’s never too late to be a standup star. This fall, Upton will bring his hilarious show to Hoover Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.
Show tickets are on sale now! Purchase your tickets by July 15 to receive the early bird rate of $15 per person. After July 15, fall show tickets can be purchased for $20 per person. Adults, youth and children, regardless of age, are required to purchase a show ticket. Gate and Parking Passes to enter Lakeside Chautauqua are not required for this fall weekend. A Season Chautauqua Pass is not valid for this fall concert.
The world is discovering the comedy of Upton after nearly 40 years in the standup business. He was teaching fourth grade and coaching high school track in Pasco, Washington, when he first stepped on stage in 1984. Upton quickly discovered that he wanted to pursue comedy full-time, so he quit teaching in 1986 and never looked back.
He made several TV appearances in the early 1990s, headlined comedy clubs from coast to coast, opened for big name music acts and was hired to perform at corporate events.
Upton never sought the brighter lights of Los Angeles or New York and chose instead to remain based in Seattle where he and his wife of 35 years raised their son and daughter, who are both now in their 20s.
In 2017, Upton taped a special for a brand-new comedy platform called Dry Bar Comedy. Things would soon change in ways he never expected. Dry Bar released a clip of his act in June 2018 about millennials that went viral. It had 12 million views in 48 hours, then 33 million views in 10 days. It sent his CD to No. 1 on the iTunes Charts and now has well over 200 million views online.
His immense internet fame drew the attention of the iconic Grand Ole Opry, where he had the ultimate honor to step into the circle and make his debut in September 2019 and has since become a regular guest.