Many students and alumni can remember the open mic nights on or around campus, filled with those tireless attempts made by performers to “wow” the audience. The performer is left hanging on every clap, every cheer and every laugh that the audience feeds them.
For some of us, just the thought of standing in front of a crowd of people and being demanded to captivate the audience —for even five minutes— can bring about cold sweats and hyperventilation.
Being an entertainer is not an easy job, but someone has to do it. Why not an Auburn University alum?
Stand-up comedian Dave Williamson had his first national TV spot filmed in the summer of 2012. It was part of the NickMom Night Out stand-up comedy showcase. According to their website, the goal of the program on Nick Jr., a sister station to Viacom’s Nickelodeon, is to spotlight the craziness, chaos and hilarity that comes along with being a parent.
Williamson ‘00, who grew up working as part of a family business selling automobiles in Miami, Fla., graduated from the College of Business. He loved working at the car dealership because of the customer interaction, but he realized it was much more fun making them laugh than selling them vehicles.
Williamson has led a successful comedy career, excelling in many prestigious Comedy Festivals throughout the United States. He’s also opened for a number of well-known comedians such as Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black and Jimmy Fallon and in 2012 The Miami New Times named him “Best Comedian.”