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Actor, comedian Rob Riggle will speak to UF virtually Dec. 2

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Actor and comedian Rob Riggle, from “Step Brothers,” “21 Jump Street,” and “Saturday Night Live,” will share acting and military stories with UF students over Zoom for the last Accent event of the semester. 

Accent Speakers Bureau, a UF Student Government agency, will host the hour-long event at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2. The event will be a 45-minute conversation moderated by UF journalism department chair Ted Spiker. It will end with 15 minutes of student Q&A. 

“I hope students will use this opportunity to take a break from the stress of exams and a closing semester for a night of laughs and interesting stories,” Accent chair Steven Wolf said.

Students interested in attending need to register with their UF email by noon on Dec. 2. The event can host 3,000 students.

Riggle has appeared as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” a cop in “The Hangover,” a drug-dealing P.E. teacher in “21 Jump Street,” and an expert helicopter salesman in “Step Brothers.”

Along with tickling audiences for decades, Riggle served in the United States Marine Corps for 23 years, according to an interview in U.S. Veteran’s Magazine.

Breaking from his comedic work, Riggle took a role in the 2018 war drama “12 Strong” about the Afghanistan War. He served in Afghanistan, Liberia, Kosovo and Albania, according to the magazine interview.

Riggle starred in and produced an upcoming documentary TV series “Rob Riggle Global Investigator” on Discovery Channel, according to his IMDb page.

Accent hosted four other speaker events this semester, including women's rights activist and professor Anita Hill, international girls education advocate Malala Yousafzai. Hill was paid $30,000 in student fees for her appearance and Yousafzai $100,000.

It is unclear how much Riggle is being paid for his appearance.

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Lianna Hubbard

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