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Bo Burnham to perform comedy

Star of both screen and stage, Bo Burnham is coming to NMU Thursday, March 18. The event will take place in the Vandament Arena and is sponsored by Northern Arts and Entertainment (NAE).

Whitney Tapani, president of NAE and a senior biology major said Burnham was chosen to perform at NMU by a survey completed by students.

“He did really well on the survey by the students,” said Tapani.

Dave Bonsall, the NAE advisor and Center for Student Enrichment director, said the surveys are usually used on concerts or more expensive comedians to get a sense of what the students are thinking.

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Burnham’s young age allows him to relate with the college environment, said Tapani. He doesn’t just tell his jokes, but rather sings them and plays the guitar or keyboard.

“He’s similar in style to Stephen Lynch,” said Stacey Milbourn, NAE vice president and a junior English writing major.
Burnham did well on the survey, but was also a good price, added Milbourn.

“We had an agent from, and he was telling us what comedians are out there and at what price,” Milbourn said.

According to Burnham’s Web site,, NMU is on Burnam’s “Fake ID” tour. He is a teenager who was discovered as a comedian when he posted his shows online on sites such as YouTube. In 2008, Burnham became the youngest comedian to record a comedy central special, and in 2009 he released a CD.

Other stops on Burnham’s tour include Indiana, Anaheim, Orlando and Dublin, Ireland, to name a few.

This event will cost $19,305 overall and is funded by the NMU Student Finance Committee (SFC), said Tapani.

Other upcoming events include the Third Eye Blind concert on Wednesday, March 24.

Tickets for the Burnham event can be purchased at NMU Ticket Outlets, online at or by calling 906-227-1032, and cost $2 for NMU students or $5 for non-students.

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