Comedian Jose Barrientos will host a comedy show as part of the Homecoming activities at Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Headlining the event will be Colin Jost, the new “anchor” for the “Weekend Update” segment of television’s weekly “Saturday Night Live.” Jost succeeds a host of famous comedic journalists narrating the headline-skewering routine, including former head writers Tina Fey and Seth Meyers.
Chloe Hilliard, a journalist-turned-comedian, and songwriter-satirist Kevin Yee fill out the bill of performers for the event.
Staten Island-born Jost was hired as an SNL writer at age 22 in 2005 and became co-anchor of “Weekend Update” in 2013, replacing Meyers in March of this year. As a stand-up comedian, he has appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and on programs aired by TBS and HBO. Jost claims inspiration from former sequence anchor Norm McDonald, whom he watched in the role while in high school.
Brooklyn’s Hilliard grew up in a large Hasidic Jewish neighborhood and spent much of her early career writing about culture and entertainment for periodicals such as “The Village Voice,” “Essence” and “Vibe” – the last for which she also served as managing editor and social media manager. She made her national TV debut on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and has appeared on AXSTV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.”
Yee describes himself as a “recovering Broadway chorus boy” with performing credits in “Mary Poppins,” a Toronto production of “Mama Mia,” Quincy Jones’ boy band Youth Asylum, and short films like “Foreign Exchange” and “The Legend of the Black Dragon.” A native of Vancouver, the choreographer/songwriter has brought his satirical verses to the stage at a number of comedy festivals and productions, including Second City.
Some comedic moments may not be appropriate for children.
WCU students with ID will be admitted free, and general admission tickets for others are $10 and are available through the box office link at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.