Michael Ian Black, a comedian fromVH1’s “I Love the … ”series, will headline at this year’s YaleCollege Council Fall Show.
The YCC announced Black’s selection in an e-mail to students Sunday afternoon.Black was the most famous comedianunder consideration, YCC Events Director Michael Chao ’11said. Black starredin the movie “Wet Hot American Summer”and is part of thecomedy group Stella, which has appeared in several productions on the television station Comedy Central.
Black was among three comedians for whom students votedin a YCC survey this summer. Students also voted for Patton Oswalt, whose most recent comedy album aired on Comedy Central and was nominated for a Grammy,and Bo Burnham, who recently performed as part of Comedy Central’s “House of Comedy” series. The YCC Fall Show Committee ruled out Burnham because they felt his style was notwell-suited to a stand-up performance, Chao said.
“We tried to make offers to Patton Oswalt, but he demanded a price higher than the committee was willing to offer,” Chao said, adding that the decision to hire Black was made shortly after, in late July.
Chao said he could not comment on the exact price of hiring Black for contractual reasons, but he said the total cost of the Fall Show event, including the cost of securing Woolsey Hall, hiring a stage manager, and paying for cleanup and security, is $15,000. This is in line with the amount spent on Fall Show in past years, he added.
The committee, which was open to YCC members and non-members alike, deliberated mostly over e-mail since the decisions were made during the summer, Chao said.
“We spent a lot of time throwing out names and watching YouTube videos for any comedian people could think of,” Chao said.
Yael Zinkow ’12 and Ben Boult ’14 will be opening for Black. Zinkow, along with Cody Wilkins ’14, originally beat out ten other student comedians in last Saturday night’s YCC-sponsored Last Comic Standing competition. But Wilkins will not be able to participate in the Fall Show because of a varsity soccer game against Dartmouth Saturday night. Boult, who came inthird place, will perform instead.
Zinkow said she is eagerly anticipating hearing Black perform Saturday night, addingthat she has seen himperform stand-up comedy before.
“I really, really like Michael Ian Black,” Zinkow said. “So I’m nervous to perform in the same show as him.”
YCC Representative Katie Donley ’13, who served on the Fall Show Committee and was in charge of the Last Comic Standing competition, said students she has talked to were happy aboutBlack’s selection as headlining comedian. She added that the audience at the Last Comic Standing competition applauded loudly when his name was announced Saturday night.
Last year, the YCC was unable to hold the Fall Show during the fall semester because of difficulties securing a headlining performer and scheduling performance space, Chao said. Instead, the show was held in January and renamed the Winter Show. The headliner was Aziz Ansari from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”
TheFall Show will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Woolsey Hall. Students can purchase ticketsonline for $7 or at the door for $10.