Stand-up comedian Michael Ian Black will perform at Penn State on April 7 at Alumni Hall. One week later, comedian and actor Kenan Thompson will perform a stand-up show at Eisenhower Auditorium on April 14 at 8 p.m. Both are performing as part of SPA’s Comedy Month.
Black has performed various kinds of comedy, from stand-up to acting to appearing on TV shows. He first became known for appearing on several television shows, like The State, Viva Variety, Ed, and Stella.
Along with that, Black was a frequent contributor to VH1’s I Love The… series, and would provide his observations about pop culture relevant to whatever he was talking about.
Most recently, Black is the host of the fake reality show/web series Burning Love, where he is the host and spoofs reality dating shows like The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor Pad. He released his most recent stand-up album, Very Famous, in 2011, and has appeared in several films, including This is 40, Wet Hot American Summer, and Reno 911!: Miami.
Black’s show is a free, ticketless event, and anyone with a valid PSU ID can attend.
Thompson rose to fame as one of the biggest child stars of the ’90s. He was a cast member on Nickelodeon’s All That, and was known for skits such as Everyday French with Pierre Escargot, Ms. Piddlin, and Cooking With Randy. Thompson’s other main television venture was Kenan & Kel, a sitcom starring Thompson and fellow All That cast member Kel Mitchell.
Along with that, Thompson also had roles in several movies, most notably D2: The Mighty Ducks, Heavyweights, and Good Burger, which was based on an All That skit. In 2004, Thompson got his first starring role in a film, playing Fat Albert in the film of the same name, based on the popular Bill Cosby cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
In 2003, Thompson joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured cast member, and in 2005, he became a full-time cast member. His inclusion into the SNL cast was historic, as he was the first SNL cast member to be born after SNL’s premiere in 1975, and the first SNL cast member to have been a cast member on a children’s show.
Thompson has spent the last decade as a SNL cast member, and he is the longest tenured African-American cast member in show history. He has starred in several of the show’s most notable sketches in that time, including What Up With That, Scared Straight, and the famous Someone Like You skit. He has also done impressions of several celebrities, including Steve Harvey and Charles Barkley.
Video of Thompson’s stand-up is pretty limited, but from what we can tell, he’s pretty good. Tickets will be available immediately at the HUB Ticket Desk, Eisenhower Auditorium, Bryce Jordan ticket office, and the Downtown Theatre ticket office.