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Comedian comes to NMU

Comedian comes to NMU

Rocking a killer afro, born in Brooklyn and raised in a large Hasidic Jewish neighborhood, she became a journalist, then turned comedian, spinning her unique stories with wit into hilarity. She finds humor in everything, and her next stop is Northern.

Comedian Chloé Hilliard will perform from 8 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 17 in Jamrich Hall room 1100. The event is free and organized by the student group Prime Time Productions.

“[Hilliard] is really funny,” Brittany Porydzy, advisor to Prime Time Productions, said. “She has a great act, and she has a great résumé [of appearances].”

Hilliard made her national TV debut on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and has since appeared on AXSTV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” Tru TV’s “Almost Genius” and MTV’s “Acting Out.”

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Before that, for over 10 years Hilliard was a culture and entertainment journalist, writing for The Village Voice, Essence, Vibe, King and The Source. For her expertise on hip-hop culture, she’s appeared on CNN Headline News, ABC News, Our World with Black Enterprise and C-Span. Her work has also been featured in Best African American Essays: 2009.

“It’s something different to bring to the table for sure,” Porydzy said about Hilliard’s experience.

Leaders from Prime Time Productions went to the National Association for Campus Activities Northern Plains Regional Conference last March. There they got to preview many different performers’ acts and were impressed by Hilliard on stage.

“She does comedy in a classy way too—she’s not very vulgar—although I haven’t seen her full act yet,” Porydzy added, clarifying that you never know what jokes a comedian is going to tell.

“It’s on St. Patrick’s Day too, so this could be a good alternative to students who won’t be out drinking or who just want to get out. It’s in Jamrich too, so they won’t have to go far. Prime Time is very excited for her to come. We love putting on events for students—especially when they show up,” she said with a laugh.

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