Fringe Announces Comedy Headliner: JOHN MULANEY

Fringe Announces Comedy Headliner: JOHN MULANEYOn the heels of May 2nd's announcement that France's Plasticiens Volants will bring its U.S Premiere tour to this year's Friday and Saturday on the Fringe, the 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival (Thursday, September 14 - Saturday, September 23) announces comedy headliner John Mulaney on Friday, September 22 show at 7 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Tickets for John Mulaney: KID GORGEOUS start at $33 (fees included), and go on sale this Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. online at rochesterfringe.com and eastmantheatre.org/events/john-mulaney , in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main Street), or by phone at 585-274-3000.

Mulaney is an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit Oh, Hello on Broadway alongside co-creator Nick Kroll, in which the two comedians play elderly characters from the Upper West Side. In 2015, Mulaney released his third, hour-long, stand-up special: a Netflix Original entitled The Comeback Kid, which The A.V. Club called "his best hour of his career."

Mulaney began his career in New York's East Village and has since toured around the world. In 2008, he began writing at Saturday Night Live, where he appeared as a "Weekend Update" correspondent and co-created characters such as "Stefon" with Bill Hader. He currently writes for IFC's Documentary Now and for Netflix's Big Mouth, for which he voices the character of "Andrew."

Mulaney's first comedy album, The Top Part, was released in 2009. In 2012, he released his second Comedy Central special and album, New in Town, and upon review, Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly hailed Mulaney as "one of the best stand-up comics alive." He's currently performing all over the country with John Mulaney: KID GORGEOUS.

"We are thrilled to announce John Mulaney as the 2017 Fringe comedy headliner," says Fringe Producer Erica Fee. "He's one of the hottest comedians on the circuit and his new tour is selling out nationwide."

More about Fringe: Now in its sixth year, the newly renamed KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 68,000 attendees in 2016. This 10-day, multi-arts festival now boasts over 500 performances and events -a third of which are free - in 25+ venues in downtown Rochester, NY. Celebrating and inspiring creativity, the "Fringe" - which is partially curated by the festival and partially by festival venues - includes everything from theatre, music, comedy and dance, to children's entertainment, spoken word, visual arts and much more.

Rochester Fringe Festival is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that exists as a means to connect venues, performers, artists, educational institutions and the audience. It was pioneered by several of Rochester's esteemed cultural institutions, including Geva Theatre Center, the George Eastman House and Garth Fagan Dance, as well as up-and-coming groups like PUSH Physical Theatre and Method Machine. The Board of Directors includes representatives from the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Boylan Code LLC, the Eastman School of Music, Mengel, Metzger and Barr & Co. LLP, Method Machine, PUSH Physical Theatre, and Writers & Books. The Rochester Fringe Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This festival is also supported by a grant from Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

Additional 2017 Fringe sponsors include: KeyBank; New York State Council on the Arts; University of Rochester; Rochester Area Community Foundation; Elaine P. & Richard U. Wilson Foundation; RIT; Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust; National Endowment for the Arts; Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation; City of Rochester; Monroe County; Bond, Schoeneck & King LLP; Boylan Code LLP; Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP; Wegmans; Nocon & Associates; Ronald Fielding; SUNY Geneseo; The Pike Company; Mary S. Mulligan Trust; the Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation; 13-WHAM; CITY Newspaper; Democrat & Chronicle Media Group; East Avenue Inn & Suites; Broccolo Tree & Lawncare; McCarthy Tents & Events; Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation; The Rubens Family Foundation; The Wilson Foundation; the College at Brockport; Nazareth College; St. John Fisher College; Visit Rochester; Genesee Beer; City Blue; WXXI; Yelp!; and KidsOutandAbout.com.

About KeyCorp: KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $134.5 billion at March 31, 2017. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, insurance, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications, and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

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