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University of Chicago students to welcome top comedians to campus Tuesday, April 17

April 13, 2007

What/Who: Hosted by the student-run Chicago Society, “LOL 101: Comedy as Commentary” will feature a discussion by four renowned comedians about the role that comedy plays as a form of sociopolitical commentary. Those comedians are Andy Borowitz, Jordan Carlos, Mike Reiss and Lizz Winstead.

Borowitz is a political satirist and author of two books; he was also the co-creator of the hit 1990s television sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Carlos is a standup comedian and featured on Comedy Central’s hit show, The Colbert Report, as “Stephen Colbert’s black friend, Alan.” Reiss is a four-time Emmy award-winning producer for The Simpsons and co-creator of The Critic. Winstead is the co-creator of The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

When: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17

Where: Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club, 1212 E. 59th Street, First Floor

Background: Of the event, Chicago Society member and Event Chair Jennifer Glickel said, “Humor plays a pivotal role in communicating new and sometimes controversial ideas to society. A discussion of this form of communication continues the University’s strong tradition of engagement with political, social and economic issues relating to American culture. With long-standing ties to the world of comedy, our campus demonstrates a huge appreciation for humor.”

Ted Cohen, Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the College, will moderate the discussion.

Chicago Society is a student organization which regularly holds on-campus events with the goal of encouraging discussion and debate among Chicago students and bridging the gap between students and leading figures in today’s society.

Additional information about the Chicago Society is available at

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