RYAN FLYNN — General Assignment Reporter
The John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts will play host to “Laugh Out Loud College Comedy Night” on Wednesday, February 15.
The event will feature comedian T.J. Miller, with a special guest, comic Nick Vatterott, who will also perform.
Miller, originally from Denver, Colorado, has made quite a splash on the Hollywood scene of late.
Prior to 2007, he had never been credited with having acted in a film, but after his debut in the short-lived ABC sitcom “Carpoolers” that year, he went on to play roles in ten feature films.
After finding his true breakout role as the third lead in 2008’s thriller “Cloverfield,” Miller returned to his comedy roots in “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” “She’s Out of My League,” and “Get Him to the Greek.” He also voiced the role of Tuffnut in the animated film “How to Train Your Dragon.”
Miller is slated to star along side Steve Carrell and Keira Knightly in the new movie, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” which is dated to be released in April 20th of this year.
Miller, a George Washington University graduate, has received quite a bit of praise in the past few years with inclusion in both Entertainment Weekly’s 12 Rising Stars of Comedy and Variety’s Top Ten Comics to Watch.
He recently performed his standup routine on Conan.
“I acted in high school and studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford for one summer,” Miller said, in an A.V.Club.com interview. “I minored in theater, and I was always acting growing up and stuff, but really, I was just more interested in the comedy of it all. So for me, it’s always comedy, and then acting is just one medium of comedy.”
Vatterott, who, much like Miller, came up as a comic in Chicago, will also take part in the show.
According to his official website, Vatterott performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
He played the role of “Don” in The Annoyance Theater’s production of the musical “Love is Dead” and won an After Dark award for his performance.
Many publications including Reader’s Digest have recognized Vatterott’s come up by publishing some of his jokes in its issues.
Not only that, but in 2008. Chicago Magazine named him, “The Funniest Man in Chicago.”
Vatterott and Miller each took part in Vatterott’s sketch group ‘Heavyweight,’ which at one point performed at Chicago’s famous Second City comedy theater.
Vatterott also performs a one-man show titled ‘NO OUTLET’ which has earned many great reviews as it makes its rounds.
Tickets are free to SCSU staff and students and $10 for the general public.
The event begins at 8 p.m.