Comedian Holliday adds country to act

Comedian Richie Holliday describes his performance as full of ridiculousness.

“A lot of silliness, that’s the best way to describe it,” Holliday said.

Holliday will perform at 9 p.m. today in the 7th Street Underground of the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union.

Matt Caponera, University Board comedy coordinator, said one of Holliday’s trademarks is a popular children’s toy that reads back typed-in phrases or letters as if the toy is talking.

“This sounds funny over the microphone,” Caponera. “It is a funny add-on bonus to the set.”

Caponera said this is part of Holliday’s unique style of comedy.

“You have to see it,” Caponera said.

Caponera also liked that Holliday had a little of a country feel to him.

Holliday is from Minneapolis and was chosen to perform at Eastern from a line-up of performers the UB saw while at the National Association for Campus Activities last semester in Peoria, Ill.

“Of all the comedians to fit our budget, he was probably the funniest of them all,” Caponera said.

Holliday said he has been excited to perform at Eastern ever since he was chosen.

Holliday was chosen to perform today in order to fill in a space for a comedian in February.

“We wanted to keep things consistent with comedy this semester,” Caponera said.

Mary Ham, graduate assistant for the UB, deals with the contracts and make sure the UB has the check.

“(Caponera) and I work with the agency and call about the contract and discuss the details,” Ham said.

This comedian cost the UB $1,580, which includes travel, hotel, food and the performance fee.

The UB will also bring Hannibal Buress and Aries Spears later this semester.

Heather Holm can be reached at 581-7942 or [email protected].