Comedian Desi Banks plans stop on 'Purpose Chaser Tour' in Albany

May 9—ALBANY — Desi Banks, the ultimate triple threat entertainer — actor, stand-up comedian, and entrepreneur — will bring his just-announced "The Purpose Chaser Tour" to the Albany Municipal Auditorium Oct. 20.

Banks' 23-city tour kicks off on Aug. 18 at River Center Performing Arts Theater in Baton Rouge, La., making stops across the U.S. in Atlanta, New York, Las Vegas and more before wrapping up in Charlotte at Knight Theater on Dec. 31.

TICKETS: General admission tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at


Aug. 18 — Baton Rouge, La. — River Center Performing Arts Theater

Aug. 19 — Mobile, Ala. — Saenger Theatre Mobile

Sept. 1 — St. Louis, Mo. — The Pageant

Sept. 2 — Atlanta — Tabernacle

Sept. 15 — New York — The Town Hall

Sept. 22 — Cleveland — Agora Theatre

Sept. 23 — Munhall, Pa. — Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall

Oct. 7 — Augusta — Miller Theater

Oct. 13 — Las Vegas — House of Blues Las Vegas

Oct. 14 — Los Angeles — The Novo

Oct. 20 — Albany — Albany Municipal Auditorium

Oct. 21 — New Orleans — Fillmore New Orleans

Nov. 3 — Birmingham, Ala. — The Lyric Theatre

Nov. 4 — Memphis, Tenn. — Minglewood Hall

Nov. 10 — Savannah — Johnny Mercer Theatre

Nov. 11 — Columbia, S.C. — Koger Center for the Arts

Dec. 1 — Orlando, Fla. — Steinmetz Hall — Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 2 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Florida Theatre

Dec. 9 — Hattiesburg, Miss. — Saenger Theater Hattiesburg

Dec. 29 — Washington D.C. — Howard Theatre

Dec. 30 — Macon — Macon City Auditorium

Dec. 31 — Charlotte, N.C. — Knight Theater

Having built a strong social media influence, Banks amassed an immense following of more than 15 million fans across various platforms and is swiftly becoming a household name, known for his razor-sharp wit and hilarious comedic timing. As an executive, he's the CEO and founder of Desi Banks Productions. His organic rise as a stand-up comedian is unparalleled, as he quickly climbed the ranks and cemented his status as a tour de force in just a few short years.

In 2022, he embarked on his own 50-city tour, selling out headline dates both nationally and internationally, with more than 50,000 tickets sold. He's a favorite at colleges, a hit at comedy clubs, and has effortlessly transitioned into theaters and arenas, touring with heavyweights like Mike Epps, Deray Davis, Kountry Wayne, Gary Owens, Lavell Crawford, and more.

Banks' talent has caught the attention of legends in comedy, most notably Kevin Hart, who has publicly praised him as the "next great" talent. This led to Banks' cameo in the Hartbeat-produced Super Bowl 23 commercial for DraftKings.

As an actor, Banks has appeared in major motion pictures such as Will Packer's "Little," starring Issa Rae and Regina Hall, as well as the Terry J. Vaughn-produced and directed "Merry Wish-Mas" and "Love By Chance." He also landed a lead role in the indie-horror film "Haunted Trail," which can be seen on BET+, Amazon Prime, and other platforms.

As a prolific content creator, Banks has produced more than 3,500 original videos to date. Through Desi Banks Productions, he's created opportunities for aspiring actors and creators as well as providing a platform to share creative, compelling content with the world. He's worked with some of the biggest stars in the industry, including Ludacris, 21 Savage, and others, solidifying his status as a bona fide superstar.