Theater: Billy Gardell, Benedum Center

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Brian Drusky, Drusky Entertainment,



Emmy Nominated Comedian and Actor



PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets are on sale to the public for Billy Gardell, an Emmy nominated comedian and actor, who will perform on Saturday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Benedum Center, 237 Seventh St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. This event is presented by Drusky Entertainment. Tickets (currently starting at $39) are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: online at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

Emmy nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell starred in the CBS hit television series, MIKE & MOLLY, as Officer Mike Biggs from 2010 to 2016. MIKE & MOLLY continues to air in syndication to this day. As a follow up to the hit CBS series, Billy has taken a dramatic turn performing in the CMT series “Sun Records” as Colonel Tom Parker, the infamous manager of Elvis Presley. The drama series was inspired by the Broadway musical.  In 2016, Gardell received a daytime Emmy nomination as best gameshow host for Monopoly Millionaires Club.   Before Mike & Molly, Gardell co-starred in the critically acclaimed television series “Lucky.” His other television credits include “Yes Dear” and “Judging Amy,” on the Network, “My Name is Earl,” “The Practice,” “Monk,” and “Gary the Rat.”

Gardell made his major motion picture debut, alongside Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone, in “Avenging Angelo;” and had a memorable scene with Billy Bob Thornton in the Cohen Brother’s film “Bad Santa.” He also appeared in “You, Me & Dupree.”   As a standup, Gardell took the long road to Hollywood, stopping at every small town lounge, military base and comedy club along the way. His comedy act took him to Los Angeles where his dedication to acting, along with touring as a stand-up comedian, allowed him to grow consistently in both arenas. His stand-up show is a powerhouse. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman.   As a standup comic, his comedy specials include “Billy Gardell: Halftime,” that premiered on Comedy Central, and “Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs,” that premiered on Showtime.   A native of Pittsburgh who currently lives in Los Angeles, Gardell loves Pittsburgh Steelers football, stand-up comedy, and his wife Patty, and son Will.  For more information,

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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