The ISU Performing Arts Series: Chipper

The ISU Performing Arts Series: Chipper

Event Type



Tilson Auditorium




(812) 237-3770


Where comedy and magic collide! Chipper will be coming to ISU as part of the Performing Arts Series on March 23rd, 2023, at 7:30 in Tilson Auditorium and a Pre-Show event at 6:30 p.m.

For over 20 years, Chipper has been bringing his odd brand of infectiously amusing mayhem to audiences around the world at performing arts centers, theaters, cruise ships, casino showrooms, and corporate events. His tours have taking him throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Mexico.

As a boy, Chipper was literally born and raised on traveling circuses and large-scale arena shows with his show business parents. His father was a professional clown with Ringling Bros and his mother performed as an aerialist working high above the crowds. By age 17, Chipper was creating his own shows, parodying many of the variety arts he grew up with, while also creating some eye-popping magic routines of his own along the way. His improv training came from the critically acclaimed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles – the popular improvisational venue that brought us Will Ferrell, Kristin Wigg, Pee Wee Herman, and many more SNL and MadTV alumni. This led to working the comedy club circuit full-time for the next 7 years, headlining all throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In time, Chipper was soon appearing in upscale theatrical shows, and headlining many of the casino towns including Las Vegas, Tahoe, and Atlantic City, at landmark resorts such as Caesars, Harrahs, Flamingo, Harvey’s, Horizon, and Resorts International. He quickly racked up an impressive list of theater and casino bookings and never looked back.

He has received some pretty cool awards and accolades along the way, like being honored with “Comedy Magician of the Year!” (twice), “Specialty Act of the Year!”, THREE nominations for “Stage Magician of the Year” and was listed among the “Top Funniest Magicians Performing Today” by MAGIC Magazine.

All of this led to Chipper popping up on TV here and there in such shows as The Tonight Show, Disney Channel Preview Special, Don’t Blink!, Empty Nest, Show Me The Funny!, Street Magic, General Hospital, The (Jerry Lewis) MDA Telethon, America’s Funniest People!, and multiple guest-starring spots on all EIGHT seasons of Masters Of Illusion on the CW network. He has also had acting roles and cameo appearances in feature films including My Life, SIX, Larger Than Life, and Time Changer.

Tickets for Chipper are on sale now. Adult ticket prices range from $15-$17, ISU faculty and staff tickets are $12-$14 and youth (ages 2-12) tickets are $5. ISU students are admitted for free with a valid ISU ID. To purchase tickets, call 1-877-ISU-TIXS, go online to, or visit us at the ISU Hulman Center. For more information go online to

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