Comedian Jim Belushi to take stage at CMU Jan. 17

Belushi’s Board of Comedy, including CMU alumnus Larry Joe Campbell, to perform
Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy

When the new year begins, Central Michigan University will offer members of the Mount Pleasant community the opportunity to get 2014 started on the right foot — with a laugh.

Comedian Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy will take the stage in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. for an improvisational comedy show. Belushi, younger brother of late comedic actor John Belushi, will perform with fellow comedians Joshua Funk, Jon Barinholtz, Brad Morris and CMU alumnus Larry Joe Campbell — who costarred with Belushi on the popular, long-running ABC sitcom “According to Jim.”

In press materials for the Board of Comedy, Belushi says the performance is less of a show and more of an improvised comedy sketch built around audience interaction.

“Our show is not a passive, sit-back-and-watch experience,” Belushi said. “Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience — we get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on-stage with us to add to our performance.”

Campbell, who graduated from CMU in 1992 with a double major in broadcast and cinematic arts and theatre and interpretation, has always spoken highly of the theater program at his alma mater. In 2013, Campbell praised the theater program for the preparation they bestow upon aspiring thespians.

“I’m not sure everyone realizes what a gem we have in the theater department at CMU,” Campbell said. “From the faculty members, to the facilities like Bush Theatre and Theatre on the Side, they’re not just teaching acting — they’re teaching theater.”

Larry says CMU’s programs, like the Summer Theatre program, help to prepare young aspiring actors for the competitive nature of the entertainment business.

“For many, it is the first professional experience CMU students have, and it lays a strong foundation for a career in this business,” Larry said. “CMU Summer Theatre remains strong, and it should.”

The show is sponsored by the CMU Alumni Association, Program Board, and the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

General admission ticket prices for students are $5 and $25 for the public. Students can purchase reserved seating for $10 and $30 for the public. Tickets can be purchased online or at Ticket Central in the CMU Events Center.

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