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Pat McAfee To Become First Active NFL Player To Host Stand-Up Comedy Show This Weekend

Intro: The laughter will be abundant at the Palladium in Carmel this weekend when Pat McAfee hosts two stand-up comedy shows. Proceeds of the events will once again go towards the Pat McAfee Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel.


INDIANAPOLIS – Pat McAfee was nervous he wouldn't sell out his comedy host debut.

Instead, McAfee's fan base made sure the Colts All-Pro punter was "working" a little extra then he had previously planned.

On Saturday and Sunday night, McAfee will host his comedy special Pat McAfee: Uncaged. The two shows came after the initial one sold out (1,600 seats) in just over an hour.

McAfee's fans delivered and now the seven-year veteran is hoping to do the same, albeit on a different stage.

"I've always enjoyed laughing and making other people laugh," McAfee explained on the idea to host a comedy show. "It's going to be a night of laughing at the situations I've gotten into, I've been through and the unbelievably incredibly lucky life that I get to live for being in the NFL."

Like was the case a few weeks back with McAfee's Red, White and Boomstick event, proceeds from the shows will benefit McAfee’s foundation.

When McAfee takes the stage at the Palladium in Carmel this weekend it will mark the first time an active NFL player has ever performed his own stand-up comedy special.

The world of comedy opened up to McAfee during his frequent appearances on Bob and Tom, a nationally syndicated radio program that airs each weekday morning live from Indianapolis.

Comedian Jeff Vibbert, who McAfee met on Bob and Tom, will be the show opener this weekend, before the Colts punter takes the mic, speaking in the only fashion the "Boomstick" knows.

"This is about 10 years in the making," McAfee says. "I've always enjoyed writing stories, traveling and kind of delivering happiness. It's all about making people smile, hopefully. Ever since I came on Bob and Tom, I got to chitchat with other comedians and I kind of shaped some stories together. We thought it would be a cool night, a cool way to raise some money for my foundation.

"Whenever I'm up there telling stories, I want people to learn that this is from me. This is me."  

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