Ken Jeong to headline spring Comedy Show

Aiden Blinn | Staff Reporter

Actor and comedian Ken Jeong will headline Social Programming Board’s semesterly Comedy Show April 4 in the Field House, SPB announced on Facebook Saturday.

Ken Jeong and Tran Jeong arrive at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. Ken Jeong will headline this semester’s comedy show.Wally Skalij | MCTCampus

Ken Jeong and Tran Jeong arrive at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. Ken Jeong will headline this semester’s comedy show.

Jeong, known for his roles in the “Hangover” movie series and the cult TV comedy “Community,” will follow after a student opener. Submissions to perform before Jeong are open to Washington University undergraduates. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.

“I was excited to bring someone I felt has had a lot of mainstream projects and someone everyone can be excited to come out and see,” SPB’s comedy director junior Chelsea Ifeadike said.

SPB used funds from its internal budget in addition to its SU-allocated $40,000 talent budget allocated to bring Jeong to campus.

“We actually used about $2,500 from our fundraising account to cover the talent since we were really excited to bring this artist,” SPB president sophomore Adin Ehrlich said. “The artist did really well on the survey, so we wanted to make sure we could bring as high of a choice as possible.”

Additionally, part of the SU-allocated budget went towards securing a larger venue to meet expected demand from the student body.

“We wanted a larger space, especially since Pete Davidson [was] completely full and we had that alternate viewing location,” Ehrlich said. “We wanted to make sure that as many students as possible could come to the event, and so we had to move it to the [Athletic Center].”

Students interested in opening for Jeong can apply individually or in groups by submitting a three- to six-minute video. The application, found on the SPB website, is due March 18.

Ehrlich said the student opener competition is an effort to increase student involvement in SPB events.

“One of my goals for this term of SPB was to do more student-involved events,” Ehrlich said. “This is another opportunity for that to happen by letting students directly go and have that chance to open for a big comedian.”

According to Ifeadike, the SPB executive board will choose the finalists and forward their submissions to Jeong, who will make the final decision with the help of his team.

“Out of our submissions, we’re going to pick our top three, and we’re going to send that over to Ken and his agent,” Ifeadike said. “From there, they’ll rank them in order. The one Ken chooses as first will have the opportunity to open.”

“I would encourage anyone who’s interested in comedy at all to apply to open,” Ifeadike said. “It’ll be a cool opportunity to perform a set in front of, who knows, 1,500 students.”

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