Comedian ANT will entertain Friday night at Reitz Union


Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:49 p.m.

Though he has been on NBC's hit series “Last Comic Standing” for five seasons, ANT will be the only comic standing at the University of Florida on Friday night.

ANT is being brought to UF by Pride Awareness Month, GatorNights! and the Reitz Union Board of Entertainment.

The free event will be held in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom. Students must present their Gator 1 cards for admittance.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. ANT will perform stand-up comedy beginning at 9 p.m.

ANT is the only comedian to appear on five seasons of “Last Comic Standing.” He stars as host of VH1's “Celebrity Fit Club,” and LOGO's “U.S. of ANT.” He also makes regular appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Tyra Banks Show.

He is the most famous comedian RUB has contracted to perform all year, according to Tiffany Whitten, RUB's Lecturers and Comedians Committee co-director.

Adrian Ogle, overall director for Pride Awareness Month, thinks the show is a great way to open the month of events. He said ANT is a widely known and loved member of the gay community who also reaches out to the straight community through his routines.

Pride Awareness Month celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. The committee has planned more than 25 events taking place throughout the month, including this performance, Ogle said.

Oscar Loor, RUB's Lecturers and Comedians Committee co-director, said he is not sure what ANT will say Friday night, but expects the comedian to put on a great show because he is hilarious.

Tim Keck and Rudy Mendoza, both UF students, will be ANT's opening acts. They are involved in RUB, University Stand-Up Comedy Club and Theatre Strike Force, an improvisational comedy group on campus.

Keck is the vice president of University Stand-Up Comedy Club. As an aspiring professional comedian, he said he is excited to meet ANT and pick his brain because he respects him as a comedian and a person.

Keck will be performing again as a part of GatorNights! following ANT's performance.

“The more people that are there, the better for everybody, so that we can all laugh together,” Keck said.

Whitten said RUB has been interested in having ANT come to UF since last fall when she met him at a student programming conference.

Both co-directors said the comedian is being paid under $5,000 for his performance.

GatorNights! will offer students free popcorn and soda.

“It's time to not study or think about school and just have fun,” Loor said.

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