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June 12, 2017 1:28 pm



(Jacksonville, FL – June 12, 2017) SMG is proud to announce A-Train Live The Experience’s second season at the Ritz Theatre and Museum. A-Train Live The Experience is the only comedy series to take residence at the historic Ritz Theatre and Museum. This year’s guest comedians include KevOnStage, Zainab Johnson, Malik S. and Mark Gregory.

This unique comedy experience will allow guests the opportunity to enjoy an engaging atmosphere, as A-Train plays host to some of the funniest comedians from around the country. He will also conduct brief Q&A sessions with each featured act at the end of each show. These Q&A sessions will allow audience members to gain a more intimate understanding of the men and women behind the jokes.

Jacksonville native and resident, comedian A-Train hosts the ultimate entertainment experience known as A-Train Live The Experience. He’s traveled and opened for King of Comedy, D. L. Hughley; featured for the biggest name in clean comedy, Michael Jr.; featured for Blue Collar’s Queen of Clubs, Julie Scoggins and has hit the stage with Dave Coulier (Full House), Pete Lee (VH1’s Best Week Ever), Rich Vos, PJ Walsh, Dave Landau, Keith Robinson, Orny Adams, Bill Bellamy, the legendary Elayne Boosler, and so many others.

Tickets are on sale NOW for all four shows listed below. Tickets are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices located at the Ritz Theatre and Museum and the Veterans Memorial Arena, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Special group discount rates are available.


The lineup for the 2017 – 2018 A-Train Live The Experience comedy series includes:

August 5, 2017 – KevOnStage

Kevin is an ENTERTAINER! He is an actor, comedian, playwright, director, filmmaker and content creator. He does it all! Kevin was born in El Paso, Texas in his grandmother’s bed – true story. His comedic genius was derived from growing up in the Fredericks household where you had to be funny to stay in the living room with the grown folks. His infectious personality was honed by traveling the U.S. in a military family, learning to make friends quickly.

Together with his brother and best friend, he is 1/3 of “The Playmakers”, an entertainment company poised to entertain the masses. Stay tuned, you will soon see him on the movie screen and on television, but right now he’s dominating social media.


October 20, 2017 – Zainab Johnson

Zainab Johnson, stand-up comedian, actress, and model citizen is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. Zainab’s comedy is based on her unique point-of-view, shaped from growing up in Harlem as one of thirteen siblings in a Muslim family. After getting a degree in math and taking a job as a teacher, she quickly learned that she had a different calling. Zainab can most recently be seen in her breakout appearance on HBO’s All Def Comedy and has made appearances on Arsenio, BET’s Comic View, MTV’s Acting Out, and AXSTV’s Gotham Comedy Live! She has performed at the Improv Comedy Club in LA and the Comedy Cellar in NY. In 2014, she performed in the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival as one of the 2014 New Faces of Comedy, as well as one of the breakout new comedians on NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season 8.


January 19, 2018 – Malik S.

Malik S. is a Miami native, actor and writer of The Hit TV Show Soul Man starring Ced The Entertainer, and National Touring Comedian. Comedian Malik S., born as Malik Sanon, is also known for the Soul Train Awards (Writer), Zoe Ever After (Actor), Black-ish (Writer, Actor), Legends of Chamberlain Heights (Writer), TvOne’s Born Again Virgin (Actor), The Comedy Get Down TV Show (Writer), HBO, Comedy Central, BET’s Comicview, Laugh Factory, Improv, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing.


April 20, 2018 – Mark Gregory

Comedian Mark Gregory has quickly become one of the rising stars of comedy. His unique ability to perform for churches, corporate events and comedy clubs sets him apart, making him a highly sought after act. Though he is the nephew of comedic legend Dick Gregory, he has carved out his own path appearing on Aspire TV’s We Got Next, FOX TV’s One Mic Stand and TBS Just For Laughs comedy festival. In 2014, he taped his first hour special One Man Two Worlds at the historic Victoria Theatre in Dayton, OH to a sold out audience. In 2015, he won the Search For The One Comedy Competition & recorded another special. This time for television in conjunction with The Assignment Agency & Oak View Point Films. He has also traveled the country as the host of the Rebirth of Comedy tour featuring Akintunde & David Mann aka Mr. Brown.