Tik Tok star and award-winning hypnotist headline After Dark


Katlyn Campbell/Iowa State Daily

Brian Imbus, award winning mentalist, will return to Iowa State by popular demand. He was last at After Dark in 2017.

Viral TikToker Chris Olsen, known for posting relationship, music, mental health and therapy comedy content, will headline the first After Dark of the semester.

At 11 p.m., Olsen, who accumulated almost 10 million followers, will be led in a moderated discussion over content creation, fame and how his life has changed because of TikTok. Their Instagram page, @isuafterdark, will be hosting a giveaway for front-row seats to the event.

Before Olsen, hypnotist Brian Imbus will be returning to the Memorial Union stage at 9 p.m. Back by popular demand, Imbus will bring attendees on stage for a hypnosis show.

“It feels very amazing to be able to reach such a broad spectrum of the student body to make people feel welcome and happy to see their favorite celebrity or their favorite act,” said Christian Grensteiner, special events co-director.

After Dark acts are chosen by the Student Union Board and are based on who students are talking about and interested in seeing.

“He’s a crowd favorite so far,” said Poni Okene, special events co-director. “We’ve known him from TikTok, we’ve seen his videos and he seems like a very stand-up amazing person. So, having him come to the ISU crowd seemed like the greatest idea.”

Olsen’s vulnerability with mental health and therapy is something SUB wanted to bring to campus.

“We believe that’s an excellent message for students to get while explaining that in a comedic way, which is something that we all enjoy,” Okene said.

Along with the main acts, there will be bowling, billiards, a poster sale, a silent disco and bingo with prizes going until 1 a.m. in the Memorial Union. In the Workspace, a Mini Pop-Tart pillow craft will be available.

After Dark is free and open to Iowa State students and their guests. Activities will begin at 9 p.m., and SUB members suggest attendees arrive early for Olsen’s 11 p.m. act.