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Complete Veishea 2008 entertainment lineup at a glance

AMES, Iowa -- After thousands of Iowa State University students were entertained by the acts of Veishea 2007, another exciting round of big-name performers will highlight the 2008 celebration. Throughout Veishea week, entertainment will cover a wide variety of interests -- comedians, concerts, motocross, student performances and more.

The 2008 entertainment lineup boasts several widely known performers including:

  • Michael Ian Black, the actor, comedian and comedy writer who starred on the sketch comedy show The Slate, which appeared on MTV and CBS for a total of six years. Black is also well-known for his regular appearances on the NBC hit drama "Ed," where he played Phil, Stuckeybowl's quirky manager.
  • John Oliver, a comedian best known for his writing and appearances on the Emmy Award-winning comedy show, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
  • Eve 6, the popular alternative rock band from Southern California whose hits include "Inside Out" and "Here's to the Night."
  • Blessid Union of Souls, the Cincinnati-based rock band whose eight top-40 hits include "I Believe" and "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)."
  • Jamie O'Neal, born in Australia, this three-time Grammy nominee now lives in Nashville, where she has produced hits such as "Trying To Find Atlantis" and "Somebody's Hero."
  • Bobby Valentino, the R&B sensation from Jackson, Miss., known for hits such as "Tired of Being Alone," "As Soon As I Get Home," and "Checking For Me."

The full week of entertainment will kick off Monday, April 7, at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union with speaker Michael Ian Black. Black will discuss his various roles as a comedian, actor and comedy writer throughout his life as well as his current job of working as the editor-at-large of Cracked magazine. In addition to his roles on "The Slate" and "Ed," Black provided commentary for the popular "I Love the 70s/80s/90s" series on VH1 and appeared on Comedy Central shows "Crank Yankers" and "Reno 911."

Tuesday night's (April 8) entertainment will feature Iowa State's funniest at "Veishea Says I'm Funny." Emcee Rocky Dunkin, a two-time past winner, will kick off the event at 10 p.m. in the Maintenance Shop of the Memorial Union.

National touring performer Anthony Potmesil, a comedic hypnotist, will perform Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Potmesil is known to combine his hilarious comedy routine with the extreme power of hypnosis to produce one of the funniest hypnotist shows in the country.

The Veishea Comedy Show, starring headliner John Oliver and opening act Rory Albanese, will be held on Friday, April 11, from 10 p.m. to midnight at Stephens Auditorium. Oliver's popularity from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" stretches to the United Kingdom, where he has regularly performed sell-out shows at the annual Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, one of the largest arts festivals in the world. His act also garnered American recognition when he won the Breakout Award at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2007, a festival that featured headliners Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.

Opening act Rory Albanese is no stranger to Oliver or "The Daily Show," as he is the show's Emmy-winning co-executive producer. In additions to his integral contributions to "The Daily Show," Albanese is an accomplished stand-up comedian. In 2006, Albanese toured with Lewis Black's "Red White and Screwed" tour.

Friday night, the annual Battle of the Bands competition will take place on the former marching band practice field near Howe Hall and the College of Design on the west side of campus. Eve 6 will take the stage after midnight.

Saturday night at the band field will feature the "Live @ Veishea" concert series with Blessid Union of Souls, R&B sensation Bobby Valentino, and country music star and three-time Grammy nominee Jamie O'Neal. Stanwood Charlie, an Iowa-native "ska-core" group; AnchondO, a band boasting an eclectic blend of Latin/reggae/rock and ska; the Mark Little Band, an improvisation and vibe group; and Congress of a Crow, a five-piece band with a twist of modern rock, pop, reggae and funk, also are scheduled to perform.

Wristbands are required for admission to the band field on Friday and Saturday nights.

Saturday also will feature a host of free alternative entertainment, including several outdoor performers. The outdoor acts include Ride & Glide and Team FMX Motocross. Ride & Glide is a professional stunt team that gives an incredible act while always focusing on self-esteem and the positive. Team FMX Motocross is an accomplished group of motocross riders who promise a high-flying display of talent and technical ability.

Other free entertainment will include mentalist Jim Karol, known as "The Psychic Madman." Karol has been seen by millions on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Ellen," NBC's "Today Show" and other programs. His show combines extraordinary feats of the mind with comedy and dangerous stunts. Karol's memory skills are incomparable. He has memorized more than 80,000 ZIP codes, the Scrabble dictionary, thousands of digits of Pi, sports almanacs, every country and capital on the planet, and thousands of other facts. He reportedly knows every day of the week for every date all the way back to 1492.

Veishea began in 1922 as a way to showcase the achievements of Iowa State students. Traditional and new events, including the parade and concerts, provided an opportunity for residents of Ames and ISU students to experience a true "one community" celebration. Veishea is now one of the largest student-run organizations in the nation. All students, faculty, alumni and community members are invited to get involved!

Veishea events will be held April 7-13, 2008. Come celebrate 150 years of Iowa State University and the events of Veishea 2008: The Legacy Continues.

For additional information and updates, visit the Veishea Web site.