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Bethlehem, Pa., February 15, 2007— Stephen Lynch, known as “the singing comedian,” will perform his melodic brand of stand-up comedy at Moravian College on Friday, March 23, 8:00 p.m., Johnston Hall.
Lynch recently played the lead character Robbie Hart in the Broadway musical “The Wedding Singer.” The role originally was popularized by Adam Sandler in the 1998 film of the same title. Lynch has received many accolades for his performance including a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance, and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.
Lynch released his first DVD, “Live at the El Rey” in 2004, which contains 70 minutes of live performance including 16 songs. The RIAA certified it gold in March 2005 for selling more than 50,000 copies. Lynch has performed also at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and on Comedy Central’s “World Comedy Tour,” taped in Melbourne, Australia, and Comedy Central’s “The World Stands Up,” taped in London. He has appeared on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” four times.
He taped an episode of “Comedy Central Presents” in 2000, which went on to become one of the highest-rated episodes in the series. In that same year, Lynch released his first CD, “A Little Bit Special,” which Dr. Demento called “the comedy-music debut of the year.” He followed up the debut with 2002’s “Superhero,” a compilation of live performances at five different venues in the New York City area. He released “The Craig Machine” in 2005, which was recorded at Symphony Space in New York City. The albums, released by What Are Records, have sold a combined 250,000 copies. ITunes has named “A Little Bit Special” and “Superhero” among its 100 best-selling independent albums.
Lynch, a native of northern Michigan, found his direction as a comedic singer-songwriter after seeing the movie This is Spinal Tap. He moved to New York City in 1996, finding success in comedy clubs and downtown alternative comedy venues, and (He) began to make regular appearance on radio shows like “Opie and Anthony” and to tour nightclubs and colleges nationwide.
General admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Moravian College Bookstore, located in the lower level of the Haupert Union Building, or at http://www.moravian.musictoday.com. Lynch’s performance at Moravian is sponsored by IMPACT, the College’s student activities programming board. For more information please call 610-861-1491.