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Fourth-year comedian brings together students and locals

University student to perform stand-up on Downtown Mall

Fourth-year Commerce student Campbell Ross will take the stage at The Southern this Thursday to represent the University during the venue’s Laugh Your Ass Off stand-up comedy night.

The LYAO series is part of a local initiative to fill what Lindsay Dorrier, marketing manager for The Southern and The Jefferson, calls “a glaring hole in the local entertainment scene.”

Dorrier created the LYAO comedy showcase, using the scheduled performance of comedians Noah Gardenswartz and Kenny Wingle to forge a connection with the University and draw students Downtown in support of Ross.

“I’m interested in club level comics that don’t hold back,” he said in an email — and it seems Ross fits the bill.

Upon being asked to recommend a successful student comedian, Christopher Hutson, fourth-year College student and president and co-founder of the Student Stand Up Club, said he immediately thought of Campbell.

Ross began performing in high school, when he presented a mixture of stand-up comedy and improv for a senior project.

Now Ross tackles a variety of topics onstage, and said his time at U.Va. has made writing a fun and easy task.

“[It] helps with the jokes … just being happy all the time,” he said.

Though a double major in Commerce and Economics keeps him busy here at the University, students can catch Ross performing at open mic nights a few times per semester.

“It’s just a hobby,” he said modestly.

Readers can catch Ross’s routine this Thursday at The Southern.


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