University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Actor, comedian Michael Ian Black to headline University Program Council Fall Comedy Night Oct. 4

Actor, comedian, writer and director Michael Ian Black, who played lackey bowling alley employee “Phil Stubbs” in the long-running NBC sitcom “Ed” from 2000-2004, and whose other credits include appearances in major motion pictures, Reno 911: Miami, NYPD Blue and Jimmy Kimmel Live, will perform Friday Oct. 4 at the University of North Dakota, part of the University Program Council’s Fall Comedy Night, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Black will be joined  by fellow comedian Nate Bargatze, whose resume’ includes appearances on Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents and CMT Comedy Stage.

The event is free for all students.

Black, a native of Chicago, also is known for his Comedy Central DVD and CD Very Famous, which led to a worldwide comedy tour. He also appears on VH1’s “I love the (insert musical period here)” series and has been seen in movies, such as “This is 40” and “Wet Hot American Summer.” He also was a member of the comedy troupe The State, and is an avid poker player, having appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown several times. He released a children’s book, Chicken Cheeks, in 2009.

Bargatze, a native of Old Hickory, Tenn., grew up watching his dad -- a world class magician -- and decided to follow his footsteps in the entertainment business. Since he made his television debut on CMT Comedy Stage in 2007, he’s had two appearances on Conan O'Brien’ show, performed on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and at the 2008 Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival in the “New Faces” category, where he received critical acclaim in the Hollywood Reporter. He also wrote for Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, and has entertained troops in Iraq on two separate occasions.

UPC provides the student body a variety of entertainment options throughout the years, such as concerts, movies, comedians, lectures and other special events.

Contact the Student Government Office for more information about UPC at 777.4377.

-- Kallie Van De Venter, University & Public Affairs student writer.

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