It was announced today that Nerdist CEO and comedic actor Chris Hardwick will be hosting Extraordinary: Stan Lee, a highly-anticipated live event paying homage to the world’s most iconic comic creator.
Taking place on August 22 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, the once-in-a-lifetime tribute in the vein of “This is Your Life,” will bring together heavyweights of the comic book world along with a number of leading TV/film talent.
“Stan is not only a living legend who has birthed so many of our most cherished cultural icons, he is also a lovely human being whom I am proud to call my friend,” said Chris Hardwick. “I couldn’t be more proud to be involved with this tribute and look forward to an evening honoring him with thousands of fans in Los Angeles and across the country via live stream. Excelsior!”
Celebrity guests including Michael Rooker (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead), Lou Ferrigno(The Incredible Hulk) and Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), to name a few, will be on hand to give thanks through retrospective segments highlighting different periods in Mr. Lee’s life. There will be video tributes played throughout the evening where we will get to see and hear how Stan Lee has influenced, touched and inspired the lives of various creators, actors, etc.
“Back when I started writing, I never could have dreamed that someday these little characters I thought up would connect with so many people in so many places, let alone on the silver screen…I’m just floored,” said Mr. Lee. “I’m so lucky to have such great friends and supportive fans who continue to inspire me and have kept me going.”
Tickets for Extraordinary: Stan Lee live at the Saban Theatre (1,800 seats) are currently on sale through Ticketmaster ranging from $95.00 for general seats to $350.00 for VIP seats and a meet and greet. The ceremony will also be streamed live to movie theater venues across the country (tickets will go on sale mid-July), allowing real-time access for fans outside of Los Angeles to share this truly extraordinary experience. In-Theater Live and Agents of Mayhem are producing the tribute event in partnership with Stan Lee Collectibles.
Additionally, Stan has partnered with the online fundraising platform Omaze, delivering fans the ultimate opportunity to attend Extraordinary: Stan Lee while supporting a great cause. Starting July 11, fans can visit Omaze.com and donate as little as $10 to enter for the chance to be flown out to Los Angeles, receive a complimentary hotel stay and enjoy two front-row seats at the tribute. To complete the VIP experience, the winner and his or her guest will also have the chance to talk all things Marvel with Stan in a private meet and greet, as well as attend the exclusive VIP after party. Proceeds raised from the campaign will support Make-A-Wish® to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
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