Comedian Michael Palascak Next in WSCC Performing Arts Series

SCOTTVILLE – West Shore Community College’s Preforming Arts Series and the WSCC Student Senate are teaming up to present the young comedian Michael Palascak at the Center Stage Theater on Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Palascak (pronounced “Pal-a-sack”) debuted on “The Late Show” with David Letterman and last summer was seen on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. He has entertained at the TBS LOL Lounge in the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago, and has performed at Caesar’s Palace in The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

Palascak was the winner of HBO’s Lucky 21 Stand-up Contest. He also won the Chicago region of Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight and went on to make his Comedy Central debut on Live at Gotham Season 3. Michael has been heard on Q101’s The Ryan and Kevin Manno Program and on The Bob and Tom Radio Show.

Palascak hails from Wabash, Indiana, “The first electrically lighted city in the world,” as the comedian explains. And more recently, he has lived in the great city of Chicago.

Drawing on his lifelong experiences of living at home with his parents, dorm life as an English major, and frequent trips to the local Dunkin Donuts, Michael’s likeable, innocent persona allows audiences to really appreciate the simple humor in their own lives—and also to laugh a lot.

In his free time, Michael watches TV and compliments his mother on her cooking. Michael dedicates his entire career to his late orange and black goldfish named Tiger that did flips whenever its favorite TV show came on. Michael swears Tiger did a flip, at least once.

His stand- up routine is hilarious and light, ranging from convincing the audience why living at home with his parents is normal for his age, to explaining why working as a weed-whacker in a graveyard isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Desiring to perform all forms of comedy, he took sketch and improv classes at The Second City in Chicago, IO, and Annoyance. In Chicago, he debuted his one-person sketch show “Pursuing Happiness,” a bunch of scenes about people that moved out of their parents’ house, got a real job, and got married—performed by a guy who didn’t.

Palascak’s humor is clean and geared for the whole family, says Dr. Matt Sanderson, WSCC Professor of Philosophy and faculty advisor of Student Senate. “I absolutely can’t wait to see him live. His stand-up routines on Letterman and Leno were amazing. Even when he wasn’t speaking, just his facial expressions had the audience laughing till they nearly fell out of their seats.”

Rick Plummer, director of the Preforming Arts Series at WSCC, says about Palascak, “He is absolutely brilliant! It is the type of humor that is universal. All ages, and all backgrounds can appreciate and enjoy his routine. I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

Tickets for comedian Michael Palascak are available by calling the WSCC Box Office at 843-5507.

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