2020 #NABShow: Gaffigan to Kick Off NAB 2020!

“Side-splitting” comedian Jim Gaffigan will be headlining the brand-new NAB Show Sunday Kick Off at the Main Stage in North Hall at 4pm-5pm, April 19th.  Gaffigan, a renowned actor and comedian will be performing live as part of his 2020 “The Pale Tourist” comedy tour. This event is open to all registered attendees and is a definite must see, if you have the pass you have to go check it out! Following Gaffigan, there will be drinks & bites at Rock the Block (from 5pm -7pm) to enjoy a special FREE event with a variety of drinks, food, and musical performances by special 80’s cover bands in the Silver Lot.

Gaffigan is a five-time Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer and producer. Two of his books have topped the New York Times best-sellers list, and he has received two Emmy Awards for his contributions to “CBS Sunday Morning” where he is a regular commentator. In addition, to his two seasons of the critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and his stand-up comedy specials, Gaffigan has guest-starred on many television comedies and dramas, including “Portlandia,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Law & Order.”

Jim is known for his unique brand of humor and we are excited to kick off this year’s Show with an energetic opening and some good laughs,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith, who will introduce Gaffigan at the Kick Off event. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the new show pattern and welcome the 2020 attendees.”

His film credits include “Three Kings,” “Super Troopers,” “Super Troopers 2,” “Chappaquiddick,” “Being Frank” and “America Dreamer.” Gaffigan also appeared in three films that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival including, “Them That Follow,” “Light From Light” and “Troop Zero” with Viola Davis and Alison Janney, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith’s State of the Broadcast Industry address as well as the presentation of the Spirit of Broadcasting Award and the Distinguished Service Award will still remain on Monday and will take place at the NAB Show Welcome event on April 20.

About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 18-22, 2020, in Las Vegas, NV, USA, is the world’s largest and most comprehensive convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With more than 90,000 attendees from 160 countries and 1,600+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and fuel the digital storytelling economy. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways.

About NAB 
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Broadcast Beat is the Official Broadcaster of the 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas and the Producer of NAB Show LIVE. 

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