The Cultural Events Series of Frostburg State University will present funnyman Stephen Lynch as part of SpringFest 2010. Lynch, who describes himself as “a musician trapped in the body of a comedian,” will host his “3 Balloons” comedy tour at the Cordts Physical Education Center Main Arena on Saturday, May 1, at 9 p.m.
Whether he’s singing an ode to an ailing grandfather (and the inheritance that his death will bring), breaking up with a girlfriend because of her racial makeup (she’s just “too white”) or opening the door to his mind to let the voices inside his head sing out, Lynch has one goal in mind: He wants to make people laugh. Constant touring and growing popularity on college campuses helped Lynch gain a television feature for Comedy Central’s live entertainment division.
In March 2009, Lynch released his fourth CD, “3 Balloons,” and christened Comedy Central’s new live entertainment division with a U.S. and European tour. Music director Gregory Dark is in production on Lynch’s new concert film. In addition, Comedy Central will be airing one hour of the concert film, followed by release of a DVD.
Raised in Saginaw, Mich., Lynch is the son of a former nun and priest. He admits to actively entertaining friends and family since he was a child. True to form, Lynch graduated from Western Michigan with a B.A. in drama, and found his talent as a comedic songwriter.
Lynch moved to New York in 1996, with the goal of becoming a performer. While temping during the day, he wrote songs and performed at clubs and underground music venues around Manhattan at night. He quickly developed a devoted fan base and became a regular on the popular “Opie & Anthony” radio show. The radio exposure led Lynch to record his first special in 2000. That special became one of their highest- rated performances, almost unheard of for an unknown. Lynch’s second special debuted in January 2008, with similar high ratings.
Each of Lynch’s CDs, “3 Balloons,” “A Little Bit Special,” “Superhero” and “The Craig Machine,” has sold thousands of copies around the world. His first DVD, “Live at the El Rey,” was certified Gold by RIAA. Lynch has toured with some of the biggest names in comedy, including Lewis Black and the late Mitch Hedberg. He’s also headlined his own sold-out shows throughout the United States and Europe, where he is considered “the Beyonce of Scandinavia.”
Tickets for Stephen Lynch are $5 for FSU students and $10 for general admission. Due to adult content and subject matter, the show is not appropriate for children under the age of 14. Tickets may be ordered by calling 301-687-3137or 1-866-849-9237, or by visiting ces.frostburg.edu. To learn more about Lynch, go online to his official Web site at www.stephenlynch.com.
The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
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