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Parents’ Weekend brings comedian Joel McHale

By Abby Wilson ’10

The Peoria Civic Center Theater was packed Saturday night when ACBU brought comedian Joel McHale to town for Parents’ Weekend. The comedy accidentally began when a voice over the sound system welcomed the audience to Springfield instead of Peoria, and the laughter continued for the rest of the evening.

Students, parents, and grandparents alike enjoyed the sold-out show. The audience was primarily Bradley students, since tickets for them were only $5. Students could buy tickets for their families for $15, but members of the community paid $27 to see the show.

McHale, known primarily from the pop-culture commentary show, “The Soup,” on E!, joked with the audience about everything from Tyra Banks’ fear of dolphins to his father’s ways of saving money.

McHale is currently the star of NBC’s new hit comedy, “Community,” and he made an appearance in “The Informant!” with Matt Damon.

Michelle Whited, director of student activities, helped choose McHale from other comedians. “ACBU researched a few comedians to bring to campus, and there was a lot of excitement for Joel McHale.  Many students watch “The Soup” and thought his insights and comments on celebrities would be fun to hear.  So we extended him an offer this summer and he accepted,” she said.

The spring 2010 Parents’ Weekend will take place April 9-11. Watch for more information at