by Laura Wetherbee


Famous comedian Kevin Hart made a last minute stop on his world tour to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and performed an intimate show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

I was able to win two free tickets to his show from Hudson Valley’s number one local radio station, K104.7.  The radio station had a contest on air where listeners called in to win the tickets.  I was lucky caller number 104 and was ecstatic when I found out I had won two Kevin Hart tickets for the upcoming Tuesday show.

Kevin’s show was scheduled for 7 p.m., but after overwhelmingly successful sales a second show was added at 10 p.m. The two tickets I had won were for the 10 p.m. show.

My boyfriend and I arrived forty minutes early to the show to find a line out the door for security. The security guards warned people that cell phone use was prohibited, and if anyone was found using their phone they would be kicked out with no refund. After making it through security we patiently waited for the stage doors to open, then quickly found our seats close to the front.

There were two opening acts ahead of Kevin who were both hilarious.  They were able to get the audience laughing and ready for Kevin’s act. When Kevin came out the crowd went wild and he thanked everybody for coming out so late on a Tuesday.  He also wanted it to be known that his world tour has been named the number one comedy tour of all time.

The Mid-Hudson Civic Center is a smaller venue than others Kevin has performed at so he jokingly discussed how he did not want people to think less of him for coming there but made it known that he can still sell out large arenas.

Kevin delivered a powerful, hysterical, energetic, and intimate show to the crowd gathered at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. A lot of his jokes were discussing the privileged, yet modern life that he and his family are able to lead, such as his kids being in private school.

He joked about a wild raccoon that has been threatening him outside his home.  He explained how he was afraid to take the garbage out to the street at night in the dark, so he made his son do it.

The show ended just before 1 a.m. with a standing ovation from the audience for Kevin.  Everybody I saw in the crowd had a great time with smiles on their faces.  I even witnessed some people in tears from laughing so hard.

Kevin Hart made it clear that he chose last minute to come to Poughkeepsie to give all of his fans a chance to laugh at his jokes. I am fortunate that he chose to do so and even more fortunate to win the free tickets from K104.7.

Kevin will continue his world tour through 2015 and into 2016, visiting a large number of venues worldwide to spread laughter to all of his fans.

Visit for his tour dates and locations.