Born in New Jersey and raised in Atlanta, Matthew Broussard’s debut on the comedic stage took place on June 20, 2011. Exactly a year to the day later he won Houston’s Funniest Person contest in 2012. Before getting into comedy, Matthew earned a degree in mathematics and pursued a career in finance. For Matthew, the whole intellectual challenge of writing a joke is about as satisfying as a very elegant math proof. According to Matthew, writing and perfecting a joke is more satisfying than anything he’s done academically or professionally.
Matthew’s brand of playful, smart humor appeals to a broad audience and relies on his killer timing, subtle wit, and devilish good looks. He can be seen on Comedy Central’s new series, Adam DeVine’s House Party, and appears in the movie Intramural which appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in April 2014. Matthew is also the author of Mondaypunday.com which features his drawings depicting common phrases, famous people, movie and television characters, band names, song lyrics, etc.
Tracey Ashley has always known that she wanted to make people laugh. All Tracey needed was a starting point. From her stories of growing up in the South to the weird happenings of her life, she found a place to begin. Tracey has worked hard to hone her act. Known for her seamless story-telling, sharp topical material and hilarious punchlines Tracey Ashley is a comedienne on the rise. Tracey performs on college campuses and comedy clubs across the country, becoming an instant college favorite. Tracey was nominated by Campus Activities Magazine for Best Female Performer based on the rave reviews she receives for her performances. Tracey was a semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing 5 and has appeared as a Co-host on TVLANDS Prime Movies. Entertaining audiences with the ups and downs of her world, Tracey Ashley’s comedy is hilarious, endearing and all around fun to watch.
Christopher Carter, The Mentalist
Award winning mentalist and entertainer Christopher Carter returns to Illinois Wesleyan. Year in and year out he ranks among the highest rated college campus entertainers. His show is both astonishing and funny. Christopher’s work is a blend of his lifelong interests in psychology, hypnosis, and illusion. An expert in the field of body language and nonverbal communication, he blends people reading skills with the power of suggestion and a heavy dose of theater to create the most mind-boggling performance you will ever see. Minds are read, predictions come true, and everyone in the audience becomes the star of the show as Christopher begins revealing their personal thoughts to all of their friends.
The Well Reds
The Well Reds previously performed for IWU Students in January 2012. They will be returning to IWU, hopefully on the wake of the release of their next album. If you didn’t make it to the first show, don’t miss them the second time around. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, The Well Reds describe their next album as a collection of songs that catalogue the highs and lows they’ve experienced personally and professionally as a touring indie band. Their songs from past albums could be described as thoughtful, consciously aware pop music. They engage the audience with tight vocal harmonies, diverse instrumentation, and a melodic sensibility that allows a new listener to feel familiar from the start.
Jen Kober returns for an encore performance at Hansen Student Center. Since her visit to IWU in 2012, Kober has appeared in television sitcoms, has had roles in three movies and in March 2014, released her new comedy album, Homegrown . Her television credits include guest spots on Fox’s The Mindy Project and F/X’ Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen. Her recent film credits include roles in 2013 film, Grudge Match starring Robert Deniro and Paranoia with Liam Hemsworth and Richard Dreyfuss released August 2014. Kober has a reputation for her original blend of stand-up, storytelling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Her comedy is phenomenally funny, as she commands the stage and dares the audience not to laugh.