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UMPI hosts comedian Feraz Ozel

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Student Activities Office hosts comedian Feraz Ozel for a night of laughs on Friday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium in Wieden Hall. This event is open to the public and there is a $5 general admission.

According to his website, Ozel was recruited by the CIA, but turned it down for a life in comedy. Now, the LA-based comedian tours internationally providing crowds with an energetic brand of insightful stand-up, often stemming from his perspectives as an Afghani-Pakistani American.

As a formally trained actor and improviser, Ozel has appeared on national television on 2 Broke Girls, Hollywood Darlings, Comics Unleashed, Conan, and Hulu’s Coming to the Stage, and recently shot his lead role in the feature film Hollywood Dirt. Ozel is also a seasoned writer and recently directed the film Curious Georgina, which starred himself and Bobby Lee, and screened at Just for Laughs in Montreal.

Ozel has been featured in the LA Times, The Atlantic Magazine, Rolling Stone, and several documentaries. He also performed in the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase, and wrote several sketches that appeared in the show. Recently, his stand-up album Chillennial charted in Billboard’s top 10, and iTunes’ top 3 for comedy albums, and his tracks regularly play on Sirius XM. Viral clips of his stand up have over 15 million views and have been distributed by mega-blogs like NowThis and LADbible.

You can catch Ozel performing regularly at comedy clubs all over Los Angeles including The Comedy Store and The Hollywood Improv.

To learn more about Feraz Ozel, visit his website at www.ozelcomedy.com. For more information about this event, contact Violet Washburn at 768-9582 or email umpi-engagement@maine.edu.