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Issue date: 8/27/10 Section: Focus
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The first comic to cancel was Dan Levy, a regular on Chelsea Lately as well and the College Humor powerhouse. Levy also created and co-produced the E! Network's reality TV show Pretty Wild which premiered in March of 2009. The show, about three daughters of a former supermodel, was a hit, probably due in part to all the barely-legal girls. But all this success was knocking hard on Levy's door and he cancelled with UPB in early August in order to take an "exciting offer" that filmed the same night as CWRU's Comedy Night. The cancellation was unfortunate, because Levy has been a hit at college campuses all around the United States and usually jokes around about what kids like: Robert Patterson, sex, and sword fighting.
After Levy cancelled, it was up to UPB to find a replacement, which they managed to do with time to spare. They hired Dan Cummins, a comic that, like Levy, had specials on Comedy Central and who also has a sizeable collegiate following. Cummins has performed at over 200 colleges after getting his big break on Comedy Central's Last Comic Standing. His newest comedy album Revenge is Near landed him a guest appearance on Conan in 2009. At this point, it looked like everything was destined to work out for the best.
Disaster struck early Wednesday morning in the form of a phone call from California. It was Cummins on the line; bad weather had him stranded at the airport with no way to make it to Ohio in time. Julia Pitts, a UPB Traditions Committee Co-chair, sprang into action and immediately started to look for yet another act for the night. "We contacted agencies with whom UPB has relationships, to ascertain what performers we felt would fit the audience appropriately and were available on our date," Pitts said. "The UPB staff is a very collaborative team, especially in times of 'crises' such as a cancellation. It was through one of my fellow board members that I got into contact with Dan Cummins through an agency, and booked him shortly after receiving Dan Levy's cancellation."