Troy Walker: Serving up laughs for Homecoming

Troy Walker: Serving up laughs for Homecoming

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Troy Walker will be featured at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Student Center Ballrooms.
Leah Williams

SIU’s upcoming Homecoming week once again brings the funny with a special show featuring a rising comedian from Denver.

Troy Walker will be featured at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Student Center Ballrooms.

Student Center Programs Assistant Director Carly James said the featured comedy show has been a part of the Homecoming week festivities for a number of years.

“We have comedy shows throughout the year, and it’s always the Homecoming show that is really well attended,” James said.

Walker is blowing up the Denver comedian scene, winning the Comedy Works “New Faces” twice. He has also opened for a number of prominent comedians, and he has performed at many national and local comedy festivals. Those festivals included The Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, The Great American Comedy Festival, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Telluride Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Montreal’s New Faces of Comedy.

Walker is also a licensed attorney who graduated with his law degree from The University of Denver. According to his bio on the High Plains Comedy Festival website, Walker moved to Los Angeles in 2015 and has filmed a long-form PetSmart commercial with Jane Lynch and director Christopher Guest. He has also performed his comedy set throughout the city.

In a set uploaded to YouTube, Walker discusses how he often reads classic literature and thinks the insult hurled in books like “Oliver Twist” are more cutting than the ones used today.

“If somebody ever called me a jerk, it’s like eh, whatever, forget the guy, right,” Walker said in the clip. “But if anybody ever called me a ragamuffin, we’re both going to jail. I don’t even know what a ragamuffin is, but I know you better be one if you are going to call me one.”

James said several other activities are planned for Homecoming week, including an outdoor concert on the Morris Library grounds. The performance will feature the reggae group Yard Squad.

For more Homecoming activities, visit to homecoming.siu.edu.