Vaughn set to crash Centennial

By Mika Mandelbaum
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 13, 2005

Vince Vaughn, star of the hit summer movie "Wedding Crashers," is set to emcee a stand-up comedy show Monday in Centennial Hall.

The 30-day tour of "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" started yesterday in Los Angeles, and the show will come to its eighth stop when Vaughn takes the stage at UA on Monday.

The show also features comedians from the world famous Los Angeles Comedy Store like Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst and Sebastian Maniscalco.

Tickets for the show went on sale Aug. 31 and are still available at the Centennial Hall box office. They cost $27 for students and $32 for the general public, officials said.

The show's production company, Wild West Picture Shows Production, chose the UA as the best Tucson venue for Vaughn's tour.

UApresents usually books all of the shows in Centennial Hall, but in this case, Vaughn's production company approached UApresents about securing the venue, said Will Seberger, public relations manager for UApresents.

The production company rented Centennial Hall for $4,000, or 9 percent adjusted gross revenue, which includes UApresents labor services, such as ushers and technical crews.

However, Vaughn's show will not remedy UApresents' debt of aproximately $806,000.

"It's a very nominal amount of money," Seberger said. "But we like to allow quality acts to come in."

Chelsea Cox, an international business sophomore, said she is excited for the event because it features both comedy and a big name actor.

"I think that Vince Vaughn is perfect for a stand-up show at U of A because his dry, sarcastic, hilarious sense of humor is what everyone wants to hear," Cox said. "All his (movie) parts ... have been huge hits among our age group. I can quote almost every movie at least five times."

Ultimately, the show will be popular among the students because everyone can relate somehow to Vaughn's humor, said Neil Hicks, an economics senior.

"I think that his show is something amazing to bring to U of A because, just face it, everybody loves Vince Vaughn," Hicks said.