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Dec. 6, 2011

Hancher and SCOPE Productions present comedian John Oliver on Jan. 28

Emmy-award winning comedian John Oliver will perform in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. The University of Iowa's Hancher and SCOPE Productions are collaborating to present the show.

A purveyor of satirical comedy, Oliver has gained fame through his work as Senior British Correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." His stand-up has been described as "comedy for smart people" with a political edge. The 2012 election is a likely source of fodder for his Iowa City performance.

Oliver has found success and fame through his recurring role as the antagonistic Professor Ian Duncan on NBC's comedy, "Community." His Comedy Central series "John Oliver's New York Stand-up Show" also showcases his work as a political humorist.

Tickets are $40 for nonstudent and senior citizen, and $22 college student and youth. Tickets are available from both the Hancher Box Office and the University Box Office as well as all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Hancher Box Office, located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at

The University Box Office is located in the IMU and can be reached by phone at 319-335-304.

Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the IMU Main Lounge.

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STORY SOURCE: University Communication and Marketing, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher, 319-335-3827,; Zoey Miller, SCOPE Productions, 515-554-2119,; Steve Parrott, University News Services, 319-384-0037,