|Ross ‘the Intern’ Mathews bringing big laughs to Braden|
|Written by Douglas Bridges-O’Connor, Daily Vidette Senior Staff|
|Thursday, 29 September 2011 20:35|
Television personality Ross Mathews will be at the Braden Auditorium of the Bone Student Center at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 to entertain ISU students and Bloomington-Normal community members with his uniquely quirky brand of humor.
Mathews is best known for his frequent appearances as a panelist on comedian Chelsea Handler’s late night talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” as well as his time as an intern on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” where he gained the well-known nickname “Ross the Intern.”
Mathews has gone on to make many other TV appearances and occasionally serves as a guest correspondent for “The Tonight Show.”
The University Program Board is excited to bring Mathews to campus, Han Yee, UPB Redbird Diversity chairperson, said.
“Kelsey Broughton, UPB vice president of operations, went to [the National Association for Campus Activities convention] with a few other members and Ross Mathews was there.
“We were thinking that if we could bring him in, ISU would be more recognizable around the country and we also wanted him because we’ve never had a comedian at ISU before. So, it’ll be something fresh for the students as well,” Yee said.
According to Yee, the UPB hopes for a large turnout at the event.
“I expect we’ll have around 1,000 people or more,” he said.
The event is free for ISU students and members of the community, Yee added.
“It’s open to everyone. Our main focus is obviously ISU students, but we’re providing entertainment for the community as well.”
According to Yee, the UPB hopes that Mathews’ appearance will bring other celebrities to ISU in the future.
“Before, we’ve have Snoop Dog and from then onwards we’ve had people that want to come perform at ISU because they know it’s possible for our school to bring in a crowd,” Yee said.
Meanwhile, ISU fans of Mathews are eagerly awaiting his performance.
“He’s hilarious on Chelsea Lately and I remember him from The Tonight Show. I like that he’s able to poke fun at himself,” Christy Lee, senior middle level education major, said.