Stand-up comedian to perform at Union

Abbey Whittington, Entertainment Editor

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Nathan Macintosh, an award-winning stand-up comedian, will be performing 7 p.m. tonight at 7th Street Underground.

The performance is free and there will be nachos, salsas, dips and giveaways including exclusive posters, gift cards and game sets.

The comedian has been noted for being compelling, interesting and “ranty’, and for giving a different and deeper perspective on overlooked topics.

Macintosh won ‘Best Writing’ and ‘Best Taped Performance’ 2009 in the Canadian Comedy Awards and the Tim Simms Encouragement Award in 2007, and has been involved in radio shows, comedy festivals, and TV shows including “Gotham Comedy LIVE”, and his self-taped, half hour Comedy Now! show.

Some of the radio shows Macintosh has been heard on are CBC radio’s “The Debaters”, XM radio’s “Laugh Attack” and “Chomping at the Bit”.

While Macintosh is offstage, he also regularly updates his blog, “Too Much To Say”.

After tonight’s show the stand-up comedian will be traveling to Alfred University and Nate and Kate: Comedy Club both in New York, and then to the Halifax Comedy Festival 2016.

These shows will be throughout the months of March and April.

Tylen Elliott, chair of the University Board, has been working with other coordinators to prepare for the event.

To find entertainers to perform at Eastern,  the UB contacts several agencies, and once they have informed UB of possible performers students take surveys, and with this feedback, a performer is chosen.

“UB is always happy to bring new and exciting entertainment and activities to the campus,” Elliott said. “These outlets give students things to enjoy during their EIU experience.”

“(Nathan Macintosh’s) opinions and thoughts focus on a unique sense of individuality, making him compelling and interesting, while touching on topics most people overlook,” Elliot said.

The amount of comedy shows on campus varies for each semester, but usually comes out to an average of 5 performances.

The show will be free and open to everyone.

In addition to the comedy act, the UB will be showing the film “Daddy’s Home” at 7 p.m. in Buzzard Auditorium.

The film is about a man named Brad Taggart, played by Will Ferrell, a radio executive who is trying to be the best stepfather to his wife’s two children until Brad finds himself in an intense competition with the children’s father, played by Mark Wahlberg.

The film screening will also be free and open to the public.

Abbey Whittington can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]