Kyle Grooms

Kyle Grooms

Comedian Kyle Grooms to Perform at Illinois Wesleyan

October 14, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Office of Student Activities will bring standup comedian Kyle Grooms to campus on Friday, October 28, at 8 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). 

The event is free and open to the public.

Grooms, whose comedy crosses many ethnic and social boundaries and gives an intimate look into the experience of growing up in the American melting pot, first became interested in comedy at age nine.  Often left home alone, Grooms would listen to Richard Pryor comedy albums and repeat the jokes from the albums to his friends, who later voted him “Most Humorous” in his eighth grade yearbook. 

An avid graffiti artist, Grooms first decided to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to pursue a career in commercial art.  After graduation, he worked as an art director for a Hispanic television network, but later quit in order to pursue a career in comedy.

Grooms’ television and radio credits include HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s “Chappelle Show,” “Comedy Picante,” and “Premium Blend.”  Grooms also has worked as a writer and actor for Comedy Central’s “Straight Plan for the Gay Man.”

For additional information, contact Assistant Dean of Students Kevin Clark at 309/556-3850.

Contact: Taylar Kuzniar, (309) 556-3181