“You’re funny, can you write?” was the question that kick started Kirker Butler’s career in comedy.
The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance will welcome the Emmy-nominated writer and WKU alumnus back to campus on April 14 for a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. at the Augenstein Alumni Center. Butler will be discussing his career as a writer/producer and reading from his debut novel Pretty Ugly.
Butler, an Ohio County native, received a BFA from WKU in 1993. While at WKU, he spent two summers working in summer stock at the Barn Theatre in Michigan. After graduation, he moved to Chicago and enrolled in the Second City Training Center where he encountered performers who would become household names such as Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and Amy Poehler.
Butler, who has been nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award, would later go on to success as a television writer for such shows as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, The Neighbors and the recent ABC musical miniseries Galavant.
Butler started as an actor, but found his stride as a writer. When asked about his advice for a freshman version of himself, he noted the importance of keeping an open mind. “I was so convinced that I was going to be an actor that I might not have taken advantage of every opportunity while I was at Western,” Butler said.
Butler’s presentation is free and open to the public.
Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560