On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, Student Organization of Kean University is bringing renowned comedian Trevor Noah, veteran of nine comedy specials and host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, to Wilkins Theatre for an evening of stand-up comedy. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show runs from 9 to 11 p.m.
After moving to the United States in 2011, Noah became the first South African comic to perform on The Tonight Show as well as The Late Show with David Letterman. He joined The Daily Show as a contributor in 2014, and succeeded Jon Stewart as its host in 2015. Noah's often politically driven comedy has been described as surrealist and deadpan.
Tickets for the event went on sale on Tuesday, Nov. 19. They are priced at $15 for Kean University students and $25 for guests, plus fees. The tickets were made available exclusively online as the university demonstrates a new system for online sales that makes it faster and more convenient, to purchase tickets for events on campus. All students were emailed with a direct link to the ticketing web page, and after submitting their name and student number, could proceed to choose their seats directly through the ticketing portal. Tickets are limited to one student ticket and one guest ticket per sale.
Noah premiered his latest stand-up special, Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia, on Nov. 20, and has spent much of 2019 bringing his "Loud and Clear Tour" to theaters, halls and arenas around the world. It is his first time touring arenas, giving hundreds of thousands of fans the chance to see his latest material live.
Sheldon Williams, a junior business management major, expressed enthusiasm not only for the event, but also for the opportunity for the Kean community to be exposed to such a high-profile and talented comedian.
"I think it would be awesome to have a famous comedian come on the Kean University campus," Williams said.
The fact that Trevor Noah is the comic in question only sweetened the deal. Noah's popular tour makes few stops at intimate settings in for more local communities, so his appearance at Kean is a rare treat and is sure to provide a unique experience for stand-up.
Kean's Student Organization represents the university's full-time undergraduates by helping maintain open, diverse community dialogue and involvement. The organization will follow up Noah's performance with Stress No More on Dec. 9 and Fuel for Final: Pet Therapy on Dec. 11, a pair of events designed to help the student body try to relax and stay calm and focused for final exams.
Anyone interested in getting involved with Student Organization can reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their offices in the Miron Student Center (MSC), Rooms 304, 309 or 313.