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Comedian to bring the laughs Friday night

Comedian to bring the laughs Friday night

Comedian to bring the laughs Friday night
March 26
00:14 2015

Erica Wieting / Staff Writer

On Friday, March 27, anyone who happens to wander by UNT’s Auditorium building might hear sounds of laughter coming from behind the large glass doors.

From 8-11 p.m., comedian Michael Yo will be on the UNT campus.  He said couldn’t be more excited—for more reasons than one.

“How could I not perform at the school where Dr. Phil went?” Yo said.

On a more serious note, Yo said he is a Houston native and he loves any opportunity to “get back to the great state of Texas.”

Yo didn’t exclusively start out doing comedy routines.  One of his previous jobs was as a correspondent with E!’s “Chelsea Lately.”

He said this was actually what pushed him to pursue a career in comedy.

“Chelsea Handler challenged me to do it because she thought I would bomb and get out right away,” Yo said.

Instead, he said he fell in love with stand-up after his first time on stage.  He was hooked after a hugely successful 15-minute set, he said.26_comedy_web2

A sign advertising comedian Michael Yo’s show at 8 p.m. on Friday in the Auditorium Building. Photo by Nicholas Friedman – Features Editor

Now Yo even has a self-proclaimed nickname: The Half Black Brother with a Korean Mother. He said he made up the name for himself a while ago while he was living in Austin.  It came from a song called “Funk Soul Brother” by Fat Boy Slim.

“I was a radio deejay and that song was huge,” Yo said.  “I made a parody of it and called it ‘The Half Black Brother.’”

When Yo’s mother heard his parody, she teased him in an exaggerated Asian accent that he should remember his Korean heritage. Yo added the second half of his nickname immediately.

He said his mom means everything to him.

“My mom is my world,” Yo said. “Everything revolves around her.  I know this because she tells that to me everyday.”

Political science senior Meg Nogay said she is looking forward to Yo’s upcoming show.

“I really enjoy his style,” Nogay said.  “It’s exciting to see another type of excellent entertainment offered to students.”

The majority of Yo’s show, he said, consists of three things: real stories from when he was growing up, dating stories and bits about celebrities like Justin Timberlake or the Kardashians.

As well as being entertained by Yo’s stand up routine, students should also expect to be involved in the performance.

“I always end the show with a Q&A,” Yo said.  “[I] answer questions about the business, celebs, et cetera.  Nothing is off the table.”

The University Program Council, a student-run group on campus, is organizing the event.

UPC special programs coordinator Jose Rodriguez said after members saw Yo perform at a regional showcase, they decided to ask him to come to UNT.

“We liked his style of humor and thought he would be great to bring to campus,” Rodriguez said.  “UPC has the greatest respect for Michael since the day [we] met him.”

Each semester, in addition to other types of events, UPC tries to bring two or three comedy acts to campus.  Rodriguez said UPC likes to stay diverse.

“The show will benefit students because they will have the chance to relax and laugh,” Rodriguez said.  “It is a great opportunity for them to come out and have fun.”

Nogay said she will attend the event to relax after a week full of midterms.

“Going to a comedy show on a Friday night sounds like a great way to unwind and have fun,” Nogay said.

Rodriguez said he and other UPC members are looking forward to attending Yo’s performance on Friday.

The event is free for all students. For more information on upcoming UPC events, visit http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/org/university-program-council/.

Featured Image: Now-empty seats in UNT’s Auditorium building will be filled on Friday night during Michael Yo’s performance.  The show will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Photo by Erica Whatever – Staff Writer

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