Beards of Comedy member headlines UAF Pub

By Sam Allen
Sun Star Editor-In-Chief

New York City based standup comedian Joe Zimmerman will perform Oct. 8 at the UAF Pub as part of the Student Activities Office’s Bust-a-Gut comedy series.

Buzzfeed named him a top comic to watch, saying “…Joe’s calming vocalization and inventive writing is a thing of magic. You’d be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable show.”

North Carolina native Joe Zimmerman, who recorded his first Comedy Central special this year, headlines the UAF Pub on Wednesday. Joe Zimmerman/Press photo

West Virginia native Joe Zimmerman, who recorded his first Comedy Central special this year, headlines the UAF Pub on Wednesday. Joe Zimmerman/Press photo

In January 2014, Zimmerman released his debut solo album, “Smiling at Wolves,” which reached No. 2 on the iTunes comedy chart.

“A lot of comedians like being on stage, being the center of attention, but that’s not what drives me,” Zimmerman said in an interview with Davidson College, his alma mater. “What I like about my job is it allows me to be creative, and I like the writing process.”

Zimmerman graduated with an English degree which serves him well in the comedy world.

“Comedy is just storytelling you disguise as jokes,” Zimmerman said.

After the show on Oct. 8, Zimmerman will perform the night of Oct. 9 at Kodiak Jacks, as well as Oct. 10 & 11 at the Blue Loon.

The Morgantown, WV born comedian is an original member of the comedy troupe Beards of Comedy who toured from 2008-2012 and release two albums.

Jerry Evans, who operates www.Alaskacomedy.com, brings up at least half a dozen comedians to Fairbanks every year. Two more comedians are slated to perform at the Pub this semester, one in early November, the next over Thanksgiving weekend.

If you go:

When: Oct. 8th at 8 PM
Location: UAF Pub
Cost: $5 with polar express

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