President Amy Gutmann Invites You To
An Evening of Musical Performances, Stand-up Comedy, and Voter Registration
John Legend and Mike Birbiglia
And special guests
Michelle Wolf, Josh Johnson, and Aparna Nancherla
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
Irvine Auditorium – 8:00 pm
Doors Open at 7:00 pm, General Admission Seating
Free Tickets For All Penn Students, Limit One Ticket Per Person
*Tickets will be available on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:00am on Eventbrite.
Penn ID and ticket required for entry
Event is closed to the media. No videography, webcasting or photography is permitted.
JOHN LEGEND EGOT-winning, critically acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend has garnered ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award among others. John is the first African-American man to earn an EGOT and one of only 15 people in the prestigious EGOT club. John has released six celebrated albums over the course of his career including, GET LIFTED (2004), ONCE AGAIN (2006), EVOLVER (2008), LOVE IN THE FUTURE (2013), DARKNESS AND LIGHT (2016), and A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS (2018). John starred as Jesus in NBC's “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” in April 2018. That year, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie and won an Emmy as a producer in the category of Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for the show. It was announced that John would be a coach for season 16 of NBC’s “The Voice,” airing in 2019. In October 2018, John released his first Christmas album, A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS, and closed out the year with his A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS TOUR. Beyond his music career, he is a principle partner in Get Lifted Film Co., a film and television production company based in Los Angeles. Get Lifted Film Co. served as Executive Producers on NBC’s live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!,” the HBO documentary "Southern Rites," 2018 Tribeca Audience Award Winner Documentary “United Skates,” WGN America's series "Underground," and films such as "Southside With You" and "La La Land." As a philanthropist, John initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign in 2015 to change the national conversation surrounding our country's misguided criminal justice policies and to end mass incarceration.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA (Writer/Performer) is a comedian, storyteller, director and actor who has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed and starred in the films Sleepwalk With Me and Don’t Think Twice. His first book Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and he is the author of the forthcoming book The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad with poems by J. Hope Stein. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on “Inside Amy Schumer,” HBO’s “Girls” and “Broad City” as well as in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars and Popstar. He plays the role of Danny Pearson on “Orange Is the New Black” and Oscar Langstratt on Showtime’s “Billions.” He is a contributor to This American Life on public radio. In 2017 Birbiglia was honored with the Kurt Vonnegut Award for humor.