Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Comic Nick Swardson to Perform at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — Comedian Nick Swardson, star of the stand-up circuit and the big screen, will perform at Washington College's Lifetime Fitness Center on Friday, November 21; doors open at 7 p.m. The special appearance, open to the public, comes as the culmination of the Student Events Board's Comedy Week, a series of comedic campus events.

Within his first year of performing stand-up, Nick Swardson was chosen to appear at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, as one of the top new comedians in the country. He then worked the road, steadily developing his style. For a brief time he moved to New York, where he became a regular on the comedy scene.

In 2000 Swardson was given a half-hour special on Comedy Central. He was only 22 years old at the time. From there, his career really started to gain momentum. He had garnered a great deal of notice and respect from many of his fellow rising comedy stars. One of them was Jamie Kennedy. He asked Swardson to write a screenplay for him that became the Warner Brothers feature film "Malibu's Most Wanted." The movie, in which Swardson himself had an acting role, performed well at the box office and caught the eye of the top executive at Happy Madison Productions: Adam Sandler. The relationship quickly became very fruitful.

Swardson has co-written "Grandma's Boy" for Fox and "Benchwarmers" for Revolution/Sony, which are both Happy Madison Productions. He was a co-producer with starring roles in both films. Additionally, Swardson can be seen in "Art School Confidential," directed by Terry Zwigoff, and DreamWorks' "Blades of Glory," starring Will Ferrell. Swardson recently produced and co-starred in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," with Adam Sandler and Kevin James.

Noted television appearances include "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and a recurring guest-star role on "Reno 911!" Swardson also can be seen in the recent Adam Sandler hit "You Don't Mess With The Zohan."

Tickets for Swardson's November 21 performance are $10 for Washington College students, faculty and staff, and $20 for the general public. Advance tickets are available at the Washington College Bookstore or online at http://seb.washcoll.edu.

November 11, 2008

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