Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Comedy Not Samberg's Only Appeal to S-U Students

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Andy Samberg (right, from, a favorite among college students, will be performing Wednesday night at Syracuse University's Goldstein Auditorium.

Samberg's popularity has come from digital shorts like "I'm on a Boat" throughout his five seasons on "SNL", but comedy is not his only appeal.

Samberg's Jewish faith connects him to Syracuse University's large Jewish population of 1,337 students, which is over eight percent of the student body and its second largest religious group.

The school's large Jewish population may have also factored into the student University Union's decision to bring in the Jewish Samberg, Hillel Coordinator of Programming Brian Small said.

"I think that everybody who was Jewish was a little bit extra proud that they were bringing in somebody who that they had an additional connection with, who they could identify with," Small said.

University Union has now brought Jewish comedians to the hill in back to back years, after Lewis Black performed a sold-out show at Goldstein last spring.

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