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Montana Western to Present Workshop & Comedy Night on December 1st

The Drama Department at the University of Montana Western is hosting an evening of stand-up comedy and short-form improv on Wednesday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the Beier Auditorium on the University of Montana Western campus. This event will premiere comedians Erik Escobar and Kelly Lee Williams, as well as students from the UMW Drama Club.

Erik Escobar, a stand-up and improv comedian from L.A., has performed for theaters, night-clubs, and colleges across the nation. He has opened for comedians such as Rex Navarrete and Jerry Seinfeld. His on-screen credits include NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Buzzfeed, VH1, FOX’s I Can See Your Voice, and the upcoming feature film VHYes alongside Tim Robbins and Thomas Lennon. In 2020, Erik premiered his TEDx Talk titled, “Creating A More Fulfilling Lifestyle Through Humor.” He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Comedy Theory from Goddard College.

Kelly Lee Williams has been performing in the comedy circuit for 20 years, and is the founder of Renaissance Entertainment. He has performed with comedians such as Eddie Griffin, Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Tommy Davidson, Mugga Phoenix, Pete Holmes, David Allen Grier, and Carl Labove. He was a featured extra in the feature film Big Miracle. In 2011 and 2013, Kelly was voted the best comic of Anchorage, Alaska. He currently resides in Las Vegas where he regularly performs as Sammy Davis Jr. on the strip. He passionately produces comedy shows and open mics across the states of Nevada and California.

UMW students are admitted to the performance free of charge. General admission costs $5.

In addition to the comedy event, Escobar will also host a public improvisation and commercial acting workshop on the day of the event. This workshop is free to the public. Attendees may participate or may choose to observe. This workshop will take place at 12:30 p.m. on December 1st in the Beier Auditorium on the University of Montana Western campus.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor of Theatre and Technical Director, Stephen Alan Seder at or 406-683-7038.

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