‘Abbott Elementary’s’ Janelle James brings her ‘Newly Famous’ comedy tour to Charlotte

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  • Published on March 9, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Culture

Plan your day in the Queen City before you catch ‘Abbott Elementary’ star Janelle James’ ‘Newly Famous’ comedy tour at the Comedy Zone.

“Abbott Elementary” starJanelle James is bringing her “Newly Famous” comedy tour to the Queen City. James hits the stage at the Comedy Zone in Charlotte on March 10-11. Best known for her role as Ava Coleman on the ABC sitcom, James has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award.

She was a “New Face” at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and named one of The 50 Most Funny People in Brooklyn. Her latest on-stage appearance was featured in Showtime’s“The Stand Up.”

The Comedy Zone is located in Charlotte’s uptown area in AvidExchanges’s Music Factory. The Music Factory is the city’s nightlife, entertainment, and music hub. Tickets range from $27 to $37,with VIP options available. There are early and late showtime options on both days, allowing you to see the best the city offers before grabbing your seat. Here are some cool places to check out before laughing it up with Janelle.

VBGB Beer Hall & Garden / Restaurant

VBGB Beer Hall & Garden / Restaurant has something for everyone. VBGB specializes in craft beer and loves to support local breweries, with over 30 local and national draft beers on tap. They even have a frost rail around the bar to keep your draft beer cold. If beer isn’t for you, there is a full bar and wine. Come for the drinks, and stay for the food!

Crave Dessert Bar/Lounge

The art-filled, loft-like lounge is enough to draw visitors to Crave. The ambiance, combined with the luxurious desserts and specialty cocktails is why you’ll choose to stay. Whether you briefly pop in for a farm-to-glass cocktail & decadent dessert, or would prefer to linger over a shareable savory plate & hookah, Crave invites you to get lost in conversation and enjoy the moment.

Museum of Illusions

Get ready to be mesmerized in the Charlotte Museum of Illusions. The museum has a variety of exhibits, including illusion rooms, installations and images that will engage all of your senses.

Romare Bearden Park

Romare Bearden Park is a 5.4-acre public park located at 300 S. Church Street in Charlotte. Named for Charlotte born artist Romare Bearden, it opened in late August 2013. It is across the street from Truist Field, the home of the International League’s Charlotte Knights.

Explicit Bistro and Lounge

Explicit Bistro & Lounge was created to deliver a high-quality, one-of-a-kind ambiance for members. The Explicit team strives to provide an elegant and classy atmosphere and a best-in-class VIP experience. Their menu is full of quality, local ingredients put together by trained chefs and made from scratch every day. Check out the cocktails, brunch, plates and plates after dark menus.


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