Star of sketch comedy to speak at KSU

You might recognize him from television shows ranging from MTV’s 1993 series “The State” to VH1’s “Best Week Ever” today.

Comedian Michael Ian Black will speak at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

Doors will open for seating at 6:30 p.m. Admission will be free for Kent State students with identification and $5 for the public.

Black and “The State” friends David Wain and Michael Showalter received praise last year for their sketch comedy series “Stella,” which ran one season on Comedy Central. Black also maintained a supporting role in Wain’s film comedy Wet Hot American Summer.

Black is a regular commentator on VH1 nostalgia series like “I Love the ’80s” and “I Love the ’90s.”

The All Campus Programming Board is sponsoring Black’s visit.

Colleen Burch, sophomore political science major and ACPB artist/lecture chairwoman, is coordinating the event.

Burch said attendees should expect Black to promote new projects such as The Pleasure of Your Company, a film in post-production he has both written and directed.

She said he will also mix plenty of stand-up comedy into his presentation.

“He asked for two mics,” Burch said. “I think one is for him and one is for the audience to use when they come up on stage. It should be really interactive and fun.”

— Ally Melling