BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Brian Stack, an award-winning writer and comedian and an
Indiana University alumnus, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 about his
career in television and how he coped with anxiety and depression.
It is being presented by two campus organizations that
foster mental health and wellness -- Balance at Kelley
(a student initiative in
IU’s Kelley School of Business) and the campus chapter of U Bring Change 2 Mind
, the IU Media School
and Union Board.
Stack’s talk, "Dealing with anxiety or depression when others are paying you to be funny: (A)musing perspectives from IU alumnus Brian Stack, writer for Stephen Colbert," is free and open to the public.
The event will
take place in room 2075 of Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center, 1309 E. 10th
St., at the Kelley School.
Stack, graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in telecommunications and a minor in psychology from IU in 1986. While
at IU, he worked as a DJ at the student radio station WIUS (now WIUX) and drew
cartoons and illustrations for the Indiana Daily Student.
After getting a Master of Arts at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, where he also started performing improv comedy, Stack
returned to his hometown of Chicago where he worked in advertising and did
improv for fun before starting his professional comedy career at The Second
After four years at Second City, in 1997 he began working
on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," where he spent 18 years as a
writer and performed, winning five Writer's Guild Awards and the Emmy for
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2007.
In 2015, Stack became part of the writing team for
"Late Night with Stephen Colbert
” and was
again nominated for an Emmy this year. He appears in many of the show’s opening
sketches and has been the voice of “God” in conversations with Colbert and
“Cartoon Donald Trump.”
In addition to his writing work, he has appeared in
supporting roles on other TV shows such as "30 Rock,” "Parks and
Recreation,” "The Office" and "New Girl.”
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