Billy Crystal to headline Colonials Weekend

Comedian, movie star and Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crystal will headline next year’s Colonials Weekend, the University announced Wednesday.

Crystal will perform October 12 and 13 at 9:30 p.m. at Smith Center for the annual combined parents’ and alumni weekend festivities in October, according to a University press release.

“He’s an icon,” said Director of Parent Services Rodney Johnson. “Especially in comedy, and to have him for two shows is a really big thing. Every student and parent who comes will have a wonderful experience.”

Tickets will go on sale Monday with members of the GW community including students, parents and alumni, getting first access to tickets, said Peter Konwerski, assistant vice president for Student and Academic Support Services.

Konwerski said Crystal was the University’s first-choice act and that GW looks for performers that both parents and students can enjoy when booking acts.

“Everybody likes to laugh,” Konwerski said. “The fact that he’s been around for so long and he’s been so successful makes this special.”

The University does not disclose the contract negotiation process or the cost of these events, but Konwerski said the ticket prices are set to cover the cost of the event. Prices will range from $57 to $150 for the show, Konwerski said.

“I am absolutely thrilled that the GW community will again be provided headliner entertainment for next fall’s Colonials Weekend,” said Robert Chernak, vice president of Student and Academic Support Services. He added that students and parents have “annually suggested Billy Crystal as the comedy act they would love to see perform live.”

Crystal may be best known for his roles in movies such as “Monsters, Inc.,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers” and “Analyze This.” He has hosted the Oscars award show eight times and won a Tony Award in 2005.

This past year, GW hosted comedian Jerry Seinfeld for the weekend’s festivities. Jon Stewart came last year, and acts from recent years include comedians Whoopi Goldberg and Dana Carvey, and the Boston Pops orchestra.

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