Comedian Byron Bowers to perform amidst midterms week

Mallory Kutnick, Staff Reporter

With midterms coming to an end, University Board will help students unwind by hosting comedian and actor Byron Bowers Thursday at 7 p.m. at 7th Street Underground. The comedy performance is a part of University Board Comedy committee.

According to his official website, Bowers is known for his performances on Comedy Central’s “Adam Devine’s House Party,” Adult Swim’s “The Eric André Show,” and BET’s “Comic View.”

He first appeared on the late-night scene on TBS’s now-defunct “The Pete Holmes Show” and performed Wednesday night on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show.” He has toured America with Eric André, Hannibal Buress, whom Eastern hosted in 2009, John Caparulo and Dave Chappell, who Eastern hosted in 2003.

He has also made regular appearances to the Comedy and Magic Club, the Comedy Story, the Hollywood Improv and the Nerdist Theater.

Bowers reportedly won the Big Sky International Comedy Competition in Montana in 2013, the same year the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival featured him as a New Face and LA Weekly listed him amongst other comedians as a “Comedy Act to Watch.” In 2014, he performed alongside the likes of Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Sarah Silverman.

Bowers’s IMDB page cites him as a writer for four episodes of FX’s “Lucas Bros Moving Co” and three episodes of “Upgraded.” The movie database also lists him as having acted in two shorts ,“Venice Love Story” and “Teenage Prostitution: A Public Service Announcement”, one TV show “Why? With Hannibal Buress”, and a movie “Brainiacs in La La Land”.

Lucas McGeath, the University Board comedy coordinator, said he has been busy with preparing for this upcoming show.

McGeath also said he has been busy handing out hot chocolate, hanging posters, passing out pluggers and setting up outreach tables, all to promote Thursday night’s show.

“If I had to pick any comedian to come to campus, I’d have to say either Nick Swardson, Kevin Hart or Amy Schumer,” McGeath said said. “I’m a big fan of Chris D’elia and Sarah Silverman, too, so that would be a tough decision!”

Despite this, McGeath has expressed an eagerness and excitement for Bowers’s arrival, promising an entertaining and side-splitting evening.

“Byron is going to put on a great show,” McGeath said. “Byron has preformed on Comedy Central, BET, adult swim, (recently) performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.”

After Bowers, McGeath has other dreams for an ideal future.

“The last show was really fun,” McGeath said. “We’re hoping for a good turnout.”

Byron Bowers will perform at 7 p.m. at 7th Street Underground.


Mallory Kutnick can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]