Marshall Artists series to present Anthony Jeselnik Oct. 1

Rising comedic star Anthony Jeselnik, the host of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” is coming for an Evening of Comedy at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

The Pittsburgh-born comic is a stand-up who has had his own Comedy Central series, ‘The Jeselnik Offensive,’ which  has raised a few eyebrows here and there.

The comedian has found there is  an art to writing and delivering derisive celebrity jokes in an inventive way. Jeselnik’s star has risen rapidly, as he gains a big following while climbing comedy’s ranks. His distinct talent often doesn’t set out to be intentionally offensive with his comedy, but he wants to get his audience to laugh at uncomfortable subjects by talking about them in new and different ways.

Jeselnik was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central’s Hot Comics in 2009. In 2010, he released his debut comedy album, “Shakespeare,” through Comedy Central Records. After the Comedy Central roasts of Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr, he released ‘Caligula,’ his first hourlong special, to critical acclaim. Jeselnik’s comedy contains adult content.

For tickets, contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office by phone at ext.6-6656, or visit their box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.