April 27, 2012
Comedian returns to Susquehanna during U.S. tour
As a New York City native, Hofstetter attended college at Columbia University and became a columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator. His talent for writing led him to write columns for Maxim Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Sports Illustrated and collegehumor.com.
He later combined many of his weekly columns into three books: "Student Body Shots: A Sarcastic Look at the Best 4-6 Years of Your Life," "Student Body Shots: Another Round" and "National Lampoon's Balls!"
Hofstetter has received several recognitions, including being nominated as Pick of the Week at DC City Newspaper, 20 under 40 at Columbia University and Best New Face by Two Drink Minimum Magazine.
He has also recorded CDs of his comedy performances and has appeared on hit TV shows including "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," as well as having hosted multiple syndicated radio shows.
This will be Hofstetter's second appearance at Susquehanna. He came to the campus bookstore in 2003 to sign copies of "Student Body Shots."
"I'm a social critic. My mission is the mass genocide of sacred cows," Hofstetter said.
On why he why he decided to pursue comedy as opposed to a more traditional occupation, he said: "I had the courage to pursue my dream - brought on my unemployment and having little other choice. I have no boss, rarely set an alarm clock, and only own a suit because I bought one in college for semi-formals. And on top of this, I have an immediate creative outlet."
Hofstetter said he finds inspiration from fellow comedians including Bill Burr, Louis CK and Bill Hicks. He also makes it a habit to separate himself from comedic actors. He said: "There is a distinct difference between sketch, standup and Improv. I hate when comic actors are called comedians because that is not what they do. Saying an apple and an orange are the same because they're both fruit would be just as logically ridiculous."
Hofstetter said he hopes to continue his dedication to being a hard worker in the entertainment industry.
He added: "I love what I do, I just want to do more of it. I currently own a few clubs and I'd like to see that expand, do some more TV, and be able to fill theaters. Most of all, I want to still be in the space I am now, which is deciding when and where I take work. I never again want to perform because I need to - just because I want to."
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