Watch out Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy. There's a budding comedy superstar nipping at your heels.
In Hampton Roads, comedian Kevin Hart is selling tickets at a blazing pace. Promoters announced Friday that the actor and stand-up man will perform a fourth show at Hampton Coliseum, having already substantially sold out three performances there.
Hart's new show will take place 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets went on sale at noon today, Jan. 20 through Ticketmaster.
Hart is now scheduled to perform twice on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. and twice on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $36 to $66. While promoters are describing the Feb. 11 late show as sold out, Coliseum officials say a handful of tickets remain.
Phish is the only other act in recent history to play a trio of back-to-back, sold-out dates at Hampton Coliseum. That celebrated jam-rock band played three-night stands at the arena in 2003 and 2009.
Those shows had a higher capacity, however. General admission shows at the Coliseum can hold crowds as large as 13,800.
Reserved seat shows are smaller. Staff at Hampton Coliseum report that Hart's comedy shows will be set up for audiences of around 5,500. With four shows of that size, total ticket sales will top 22,000.
Coliseum director Joe Tsao said he's been tracking Hart for years and had hoped to book him for one of the New Year's comedy shows at the Coliseum. Still, Tsao didn't expect the explosion of popularity seen today.
After Hart sold out two shows at Norfolk's Chrysler Hall last year, Tsao could tell that the funny man's stock was on the rise. "I said, 'Wow, we were right about him.' But I don't think anybody expected this. I haven't run into one person who wasn't surprised."
While the pace of Hart's ascent is catching folks off guard, it's possible to look back and see signs of an impending popular explosion.
The Philadelphia native's 2011 stand-up film "Laugh at My Pain" grossed nearly $8 million, making it rank No. 7 on the list of top-selling comedy concert films of all time, The Daily Beast reported earlier this month.