- $35 for one ticket to see Nick Swardson (up to $46 value)
- When: Thursday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.
- Where: Paramount Theatre
- Seating: balcony
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime; no late entries
- This show will be taped
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
“I was born in the jungles of Vietnam,” wrote Nick Swardson of his life. “It was there,” he continued, “I learned to play the piano and formed the band Coldplay. I also wrote and directed Avatar.” While the validity of some of those claims may be in question, there are some facts beyond dispute. Perhaps best known for penning Benchwarmers, Swardson also has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Real Time with Bill Maher. He was 22 when he taped his first Comedy Central special, making him the youngest person to do so, and with the Taste It Tour, he does a victory lap of the country before taping another.
Designed by legendary movie-house architect John Eberson and opened to the public as a vaudeville palace in 1915, the venue enjoyed performances by the likes of Harry Blackstone and Katharine Hepburn in its heyday. But things fell into decline during the 1960s as televisions became commonplace, more people migrated to the suburbs, and the stage’s trapdoor spontaneously grew fangs. The Paramount’s multi-tiered seating and historic ceiling murals languished in the theater’s years to follow as a tragically underused B-movie cinema.
In 1973, three men—John M. Bernardoni, Charles Eckerman, and Stephen L. Scott—formed a corporation with the ultimate goal of rescuing the Paramount, by that time slated for destruction. Soon, live performers were regularly supplementing a classed-up movie schedule, and the stage was graced by such artists as Dave Brubeck and Debbie Allen. The theater’s star rose ever higher in the ‘80s and ‘90s as the curtains introduced the world to such lasting works as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the Greater Tuna series. Today, the lovingly built and rebuilt artifact is a constant reminder of Austin’s long history of arts appreciation.