Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno will be the featured guest in the finale of the highly successful Evening Among Friends performances presented by Father Jim Sichko and Richmond’s St. Mark Catholic Church.
Leno is to perform at 8 p.m. April 23 at the Richmond Church in an event that is billed as a tribute to Officer Daniel Ellis, the Richmond police officer who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.
The news release about the event said any current Richmond police officer, Madison County sheriff’s deputy, Eastern Kentucky University police officer or Kentucky State Police officer can buy one ticket for $4.57. Ellis’ badge number was 457. A hundred tickets at that price are available.
Tickets are on sale now through the St. Mark website and at 859-623-2989. General admission seats are $200. Only 500 seats are available.
Leno hosted The Tonight Show for more than two decades, from 1992 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2014. Since leaving the show, he has performed as a stand-up comedian — including appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Myers — and he has launched a new series, Jay Leno’s Garage, on CNBC, that plays on Leno’s longstanding passion for cars.
An Evening Among Friends is a fundraiser for the church that has brought a long list of celebrities to Richmond and Central Kentucky for talks with Sichko and performances. That list former first lady Laura Bush, Regis Philbin, Martin Short, Natalie Cole, Dolly Parton, Donny Osmond, Harry Connick Jr. and, in 2006, comedian Bill Cosby, before accusations of sexual assault torpedoed his career.
In the news release, Sichko didn’t elaborate on why the series is ending but said, “It has been a joy to be able to serve the Richmond community in bringing such” talent as the artists mention and added, “We are blessed to end our charity fundraiser with the one and only Jay Leno!”