University of Wyoming students — and members of the public lucky enough to get their hands on some tickets — can see comedian John Mulaney on campus Sept. 8 when he performs his special “Kid Gorgeous.”
The show will be UW’s first big event of the year, said Julie Curtis, large-scale events coordinator for UW’s 7220 Entertainment.
“I always tell students, if they’re curious about who he is, you can easily look him up on YouTube or on his fan page,” she said. “He also has the stand-up shows on Netflix and they are pretty hilarious, so I’m pretty excited for this show.”
Two of Mulaney’s stand-up specials — “New in Town” and the emmy-nominated “The Comeback Kid” — are available on Netflix, but Mulaney fans might recognize him from another of his highly acclaimed creations.
Mulaney recently starred alongside Nick Kroll in “Oh, Hello,” a Broadway play based on a segment from Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show.” “Oh, Hello” is available to stream on Netflix.
Mulaney’s style is often described as deadpan, and he is praised for his detailed, rich storytelling. Once a “Saturday Night Live” writer, Mulaney created a critically panned semi-autobiographical television show called “Mulaney.” He bounced back with the appropriately-titled “Comeback Kid” special and hit Broadway play.
7220 Entertainment’s goal is four large-scale events a year, Curtis said.
“We really try to do at least one to two each semester,” she said. “So, last year, I want to say we had four for the full year. So, it really just depends on performers’ availability.”
One of these events is usually a comedy show, while the others feature musicians from various genres or even lecturers, Curtis said.
“So, it really just depends on what we’re wanting to bring that year, but we definitely try to bring at least one comedian, so you have a diverse form of entertainment for the students to see,” she said.
Curtis’ large-scale events committee is one of five student committees working with the Campus Activities Center to bring various forms of entertainment to the university throughout the academic year. Other committees deal with clubs, films, late-night events and arts and lectures. The committees are open to all students, Curtis said, so every student has an opportunity to be involved.
The show starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 in the College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium, but the doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for students or $40 for the general public. Go to the Wyoming Union infomation desk on campus for more information or to purchase tickets.