Special Events

South Bend Symphony Concert

Friday, June 2, 9:00-10:30 pm, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

An Evening with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra Join the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for a delightful evening of light classical music with a side of Irish flair. The orchestra’s premiere woodwind quintet and string quintet will present favorite classical works, as well as some Irish standards. Expect a little bit of talk, a little bit of dance, a whole lot of music, and even more fun!

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) is the oldest cultural arts organization in the region and its only professional orchestra. Founded in 1932, the SBSO seeks to broaden the personal experiences of a diverse audience with a mission to engage the community in the exploration of orchestral music in all its forms.

Laughing Irish Comedy Show

Saturday June 3, 9:30-11:00 pm, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Leighton Concert Hall

You won’t want to miss the Laughing Irish Comedy Show, a live performance from professional comedians and Notre Dame alums Jimmy Brogan ’70, Eric Hunter ’88, Michael Somerville ’94 and John Garrett ’98. Their list of credits include: Letterman, CBS, Tonight Show, NBC, Comedy Central, Sirius|XM, and Bob & Tom Show

*This is a free, but ticketed event. Tickets will be distributed 1 hour before showtime at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center box office window*

Jimmy Brogan is pictured
Jimmy Brogan ‘70

In 1975 Jimmy Brogan realized he had a fear of heights and gave up on his dream of becoming a Human Fly.  He turned his attention to standup comedy.  He did guest appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. He starred in a sitcom called Out of the Blue (ABC).  He hosted Laffathon (Showtime), Comic Strip Live (Fox) and You Asked For It, Again (Family Channel). The perfectionist that he is, he won't be satisfied until he has been cancelled by all the networks. Deciding that he could save a few dollars by not hiring a lawyer, he worked for nine years as an indentured servant on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since leaving The Tonight Show, Jimmy has been busier than ever.  Besides doing his standup, he has written two movies and seen three others. He was also a creative consultant on Yakov Smirnoff’s one-man Broadway show, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh.  He found out exactly how long we both shall laugh.  It was 24 performances. 

Eric Hunter is pictured
Eric Hunter ‘88

Eric Hunter graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1988 with a degree in Communications and Theatre (now Film, Television, & Theatre).  After spending 5 years as a local sports television host, reporter, and producer in Atlanta, GA, he embarked on a full time, professional, 16-year career as a stand-up comedian and actor that is still going strong!  He tours all across the country and has appeared at comedy festivals and in commercials, feature films and television shows, such as Last Comic Standing, William Shatner's Aftermath, Blood Relatives, and Operation Repo. He's also heard nationally on The Bob and Tom Radio Show, on Sirius/XM satellite radio, Slacker Radio, and Pandora Radio.  Eric also co-hosts a funny podcast called The Conversationalists. 

Michael Somerville is pictured
Michael Somerville ’94

Michael attended the University of Notre Dame where he tried standup comedy on a dare. He was soon emceeing Fighting Irish pep rallies and cutting class to be an extra in the movie Rudy. But upon graduation he knew it was time to get serious (alright, his parents said so) so he moved to New York City and took a job in advertising. When his neck became irritated from daily shaving, however, he retired to pursue a career in comedy. His first job was dancing in a pink bear suit at Bar Mitzvahs and he never looked back. Since then, Michael has used his entrepreneurial skills to carve a unique niche in the field.  He just made his second appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, imparts humorous life advice on the Hallmark Channel, wrote and spent three years as the writer of Glamour Magazine’s renowned dating column “Jake: A Man’s Opinion”.  His comedy CD’s, Welcome to Somerville and Handsomely Disheveled play in regular rotation on satellite radio. In his free time, Michael enjoys sleeping late, fettucini and the color blue. While generally convivial, he is most fun after coffee. 

John Garrett is picturedJohn Garrett ‘98

Audiences across the country find that John Garrett '98 is the "adorably obnoxious" guy they wish they had in their boring office, unless of course you were his manager.  This former CPA has been heard on The Bob & Tom Radio Show, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos, was featured in The New York Times, and has performed at several comedy festivals. You may have also heard his comedy CD playing on Sirius|XM Satellite Radio.

Fun and Games

Reunion is a chance to have fun with your friends, and here are a few activities we’ve got on tap for you this year. Get the App for the latest information on times and locations.

Photo Booth

Pose with an ND football helmet and other fun props outside the Eck Visitors Center. Take a picture with your roommates!

Share Your Photos

When you snap photos during Reunion weekend, post them on social media using the hashtag #NDReunion. Your pictures will be features on the Reunion photostream.

ND Trivia

How well do you know your alma mater? Test your knowledge against your friends and classmates with our ND Trivia game, which will be located outside the Eck Visitors Center. Compete one-on-one or in small teams, and you'll have the chance to claim the title of ND Trivia Champ.