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Comedian Pat Hazell


Comedian Pat Hazell

Comedian Pat Hazell finds the funny side in days gone by 

Pat HazellOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Comedian Pat Hazell will salute the baby boom generation when he brings his hilarious one-man theatrical show called The Wonder Bread Years to the Carlsen Center's Polsky Theatre.

The show, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, takes a look back at the growing-up days for baby boomers, when Wonder Bread and Kool-Aid were cool. Hazell draws much of his material from his own childhood years.

Tickets, which are $30, are available from the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at

The Los Angeles Times has labeled the show as "pure unpasteurized nostalgia."

Hazell is one of the five funniest people in America, according to Showtime. He was one of the original writers for NBC's Seinfeld. He also is a Tonight Show veteran, a critically acclaimed playwright and a contributing commentator with National Public Radio.

Pat Hazell Wonder Bread
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Hazell's 25 years of experience as a writer, performer and producer have made him the go-to guy for custom corporate entertainment. He has hosted hundreds of awards shows for clients that have included Verizon, Toshiba and Paramount Home Video.

As a playwright, Hazell's first endeavor was Bunk Bed Brothers, which he co-wrote with Matt Goldman. The play was critically acclaimed and later optioned by Columbia Pictures.

Hazell's television writing credits include Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, My Life in 3D, Showtime's Aspen Comedy Special and Grounded for Life.

The Wonder Bread Years, which is his latest work, aired on PBS, where he was referred to as "America's foremost pop culture anthropologist."