February 13, 2013

‘Community’ Actor and Comedian Joel McHale Will Perform at Bailey

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Actor and comedian Joel McHale will perform at Bailey Hall on March 10, the Cornell University Program Board announced Wednesday.

McHale is best known for his role as Jeff Winger on the NBC show “Community,” as well as for hosting the pop culture comedy show “The Soup” on E!.

Richmond Wong ’14, promotions chair for CUPB, said that CUPB has been looking to book McHale for a long time.

“We thought it would be a really good opportunity and show to bring to Cornell,” he said.

McHale is not the first “Community” actor to visit Cornell. In September, John Oliver, who has a recurring role on the comedy series, also performed at Bailey Hall.

Wong said the decision to bring  performers to campus comes from student surveys and feedback. He said he is confident students will not be disappointed by McHale’s show.

“He is very witty and has a lot of comedy about popular culture,” he said. “Through Community and The Soup, he is someone who will appeal to people at Cornell and be able to do a great show.”

Conna Walsh ’15 said that McHale’s comic style is aimed toward college students.

“He has a really smart humor that I think is different from other comedians out there,” she said.

Peter Duba ’16 said he will  buy a ticket for McHale’s show because of his affinity for Community.

“I had no idea who he was when I heard his name, but as soon as I was told that he was on Community, I instantly put a face with the name,” Duba said.

Nate Jara ’16 echoed Duba’s sentiments.

“I know a lot of people like him,” he said. “He gets a lot of attention on the Internet, so I know he’s a pretty well-known personality.”

Anna Fasman ’16 said that after missing Joseph Gordon Levitt’s show at Cornell in November, she will secure a ticket for McHale’s performance.

“The Soup is pretty good and Community is one of my absolute favorites, and now that it’s back on TV, it’s even more exciting,” Fasman said.

Student tickets for the show will go on sale at cornellconcerts.com Feb. 19.

Original Author: Dara Levy

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