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Piff the Magic Dragon to headline FAU Comedy Show

The comedian and magician was featured on “America’s Got Talent.”

Photo courtesy of Piff the Magic Dragon's Twitter page.

Photo courtesy of Piff the Magic Dragon's Twitter page.

Tucker Berardi, Features Editor

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This year, Program Board’s annual comedy show is going to be hot.

Comedian and magician Piff the Magic Dragon will headline the show, which will take place in the Carol and Barry Kaye Auditorium on the Boca campus. Comedians Chris James and Kabir Singh will open for the magician, whose real name is John van der Put.

Piff the Magic Dragon, as his name suggests, takes the stage adorned in a full-body dragon costume to perform “jaw-dropping” magic tricks all while keeping his audiences laughing, according to his website.

One of the opening acts, comedian James, produced and starred in a half-hour special called, “One Night of Stand Up.” Fellow opener Singh has been featured on the TV show “Gabriel Iglesias’s Stand-Up Revolution” and has guest starred on “Family Guy.”

His hybrid act of comedy and magic tricks has been well received by audiences, with his YouTube videos collectively receiving over 40 million hits. In May 2015, he appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” where he made it to the top 10 finalists.

Piff performs with a very special guest star — his chihuahua Mr. Piffles, who is also dressed as a dragon, because one dragon suit just wasn’t enough.

“Piff’s comedic prowess, combined with his jaw-dropping magic act, made him the immediate front runner for Program Board,” Assistant Director of Student Involvement Richard Mahler wrote in an email.

According to Mahler, the comedy show has a budget of about $40,000.

“That budget includes the cost of artist(s), catering, security, technical production, marketing, etc,” Mahler wrote. “We are thankful that an act, recognized worldwide, did fit within our budget for the show.”

Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.

Tickets are available online or at the FAU Box Office and are $20 for the general public and guests of students who don’t attend the university. FAU students can attend at no cost with the presentation of their Owl Cards.

Tucker Berardi is the features editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email tberardi2014@fau.edu or tweet him @tucker_berardi.

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