John Mulaney isn’t new in town. He last performed on UF’s campus three years ago during the 2015 Big Orange Festival.
He will be back again April 19 in the Phillips Center. The event, which is co-sponsored by Student Government Productions and Accent Speakers Bureau, will be an one-hour long and part of Mulaney’s “Kid Gorgeous” tour. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and Mulaney will perform at 8 p.m., Accent chairwoman Shelby Buchanan wrote in an email.
The comedian has produced Netflix comedy specials and appeared on Saturday Night Live. Buchanan said his successful career makes him relevant today.
“He is becoming one of the most prolific and prominent stand-up comedians in the US,” she said.
This is the first time SGP and Accent have collaborated on an event since 2010, when John Legend performed at UF, said Alex DesRosiers, the SGP chairman. Accent paid $60,000 to Mulaney, while SGP contributed the remaining $25,000.
“Chairs of both organizations have been trying to bring talent together for many years,” DesRosiers said.
Students with a UFID can pick up to two free tickets between noon and 5 p.m. April 18 at the Accent office, located on the third floor of the Reitz Union. Remaining tickets will be made available to the general public at the Phillips Center box office at noon on the day of the event, Buchanan said.
Alec Shearf, a UF computer engineering freshman, had considered buying a bus ticket to Jacksonville or Hollywood to catch Mulaney perform on tour, but now he just plans on skipping calculus.
The 18-year-old, who is a member of Theatre Strike Force, a UF student acting group, is thrilled to see Mulaney perform at UF not only for the laughs, but also to see a comedian who has served as an inspiration for him.
“I became a really big fan of him,” he said. “I think he’s one of the reasons I got into doing comedy myself.”