Comedian to perform Tuesday, April 16


Pat Hazell, former writer for "Seinfeld," will bring his comedy show to the Q.M. Martin Auditorium at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. The event is sponsored by the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture.

Panola College invites the community to enjoy an evening of comedic delight with former Seinfeld writer, Pat Hazell, as he takes us on a hilarious ride back in time in The Wonder Bread Years at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium.

Pat Hazell’s one-man show and tell, The Wonder Bread Years, is a fresh and funny salute to Americana. The Wonder Bread Years is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand-up and theater. Remembering pop rocks, milk snorts, sugar-highs and Atari, The Wonder Bread Years evolved from the realization that people have many more things in common than they have differences, many of which happen to be laugh-out-loud-funny. The show’s strong sense of American pop culture earned it an invitation to represent the United States at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival.  Funnyman Pat Hazell recalls specific influences of parenting and pop culture, and audiences from 8 to 80 roar in recognition.  He reminds us that there is still a kid inside all of us, and a sense of wonder waiting to be unlocked.

Showtime declared Pat Hazell, “One of the Five Funniest People in America.”  Hazell made his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1989 and has since made six more appearances with Jay Leno.  Hazell served as Jerry Seinfeld’s opening act and became one of the original four writers for the NBC series “Seinfeld.” As a playwright, his first endeavor, Bunk Bed Brothers, which he co-wrote with Matt Goldman, was critically acclaimed and eventually filmed as the sitcom, “American Pie,” for NBC Studios. The Wonder Bread Years, a one-man show and tell, has been taped as a one-hour PBS special.

Sponsored by the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture, the program is free, and no reservations are required. For additional information, please call 903-693-2000.