PITTSBURG — SNL is coming to PSU.
Nasim Pedrad, a former “Saturday Night Live” comedian better known for her Kim Kardashian impressions, headlines a comedy show at Pittsburg State University’s Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the public went on sale Tuesday.
The event is put on by the Gorilla Activities Board, a group aimed at improving the PSU experience for students. Mary Mercer, program coordinator for campus activities center, advises the GAB.
“For our students, it is important that we provide them with just as much engagement outside of the classroom as we do inside,” Mercer said, adding “It is great to be able to bring new artists into the Pittsburg community, it gives an opportunity to go to something different than what’s offered regularly.”
Ryan Urban is the entertainment chair of the GAB. He said bringing Pedrad to PSU was a bigger task than the group usually undertakes. Other events include speakers on social issues and more moderate forms of entertainment.
Urban said the comedy would be similar to something on SNL as far as vulgarity.
“SNL might be offensive to everyone, but they do so in a tasteful way,” Urban said with a laugh.
PSU students chose Pedrad over two other comedians, Jay Pharoah and Colin Jost. The three were listed as touring performers in the National Association for Campus Activities.
Urban said students polled in on the GAB’s Facebook page and in person during surveys in the Overman Student Center since the beginning of the school year.
According to a press release from PSU, Pedrad made her first television appearance on an episode of “Gilmore Girls.” She had a recurring role on “ER” as Nurse Suri. She joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 2009.
To make the night even better, opening for Pedrad will be Jon Rudnitsky, who joined the SNL cast in 2015.
Tickets are $15 for the public, $10 for faculty and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 620-235-4796, visiting www.pittstate.edu/tickets or in person at the Weede Physical Education Building.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the event starts at 8 p.m. The Bicknell Center seats 1,100.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.