Ron Funches to bring laughs to ISU AfterDark


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David Garibaldi finished fourth place in the seventh season of “America’s Got Talent.”

Margaret Troup

Ron Funches will be performing a free stand-up comedy show at 11 p.m. Friday in the Memorial Union. 

Funches’ talents are the trinity of entertainment with experience in voice acting, writing and stand-up comedy under his belt. While he is well-known for lending his voice to the “Trolls” movie, he is currently on tour performing standup comedy around the country.

Funches has appeared in a variety of well-known shows such as “Bob’s Burgers,” “Adventure Time,” “Drunk History” and many more. He has also made multiple appearances as himself on late night talk shows such as “Conan” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

“Growing up, comedy was the only thing I wanted to start at the bottom of and work my way up,” Finches said. “I grew up watching ‘I Love Lucy’ and that inspired me.

Funches went on to explain what the hardest and easiest part of being a comedian are.

“The easiest part is that comedy shows are less than an hour, so no matter what it’s not long to work,” Funches said, “The hardest part is being away from family.”

In a classic Funches way, he went on to answer my questions with his own comedic twist. I went on to ask him about how his comedic style and how original it is.

“Yeah my comedic style is unique, who would say otherwise?” Funches said jokingly. “It’s just me, being myself. It’s very personal. It’s what about I’m about.”

Funches’ comedy show includes observational humor about his life and family. He performs with a laid back attitude that does nothing but add to his jokes. Seeing his show will surely be a delight to anyone who attends.

Preceding Funches will be David Garibaldi, a performance painter. Garibaldi will be performing his show “Rhythm and Hue.” On stage, Garibaldi will create colorful pieces of artwork in a matter of minutes as he paints to music.   

Funches’ performance will be at 11 p.m. Friday in the Great Hall at the Memorial Union, following the performance of painter David Garibaldi at 9 p.m. ISU AfterDark will also be having fun activities to participate in such as karaoke, bowling, billiards and a Workspace craft. Free Panda Express will be offered in between performances.