Villasenor’s ‘got talent,’ bringing it to WU


“America’s Got Talent,” “Family Guy” and “FrankTV” are just a few of the shows in the repertoire of a comedian coming to Washburn next week.

Melissa Villasenor, stand-up comedian and impressionist, will entertain Washburn at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union. The Washburn University Campus Activities Board will be sponsoring the event.

Growing up, Villasenor’s dream was to be a comedian, and she started stand-up when she was 15, attending the “Laugh Factory Comedy Camp.”

Villasenor first received national recognition last year when she competed in season six of “America’s Got Talent.” She is one of the few comedians to make it into the semifinals. Although her advancement ended with the semifinals, the show helped transform her career from a retail saleswoman into a fulltime comedian.

Some of celebrities she is known to impersonate are Kathy Griffin, Owen Wilson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Zooey Deschanel and Sharon Osbourne.

Villasenor wrote and produced her own one-woman comedy show titled “I’m Not Myself,” and performed it in the L.A. area. The main premise behind the show is Villasenor is isolated in a mental hospital and she does different impressions to entertain herself.

Washburn is stop number three on her 2012 college tour. The show is free and open to the public.