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Charlie Berens to Perform at University of Dubuque Heritage Center

By University Relations Staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Due to impending inclement weather, Charlie Berens: Midwest Survival Guide Tour at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, March 31, 2023, at Heritage Center has been postponed to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2023. Existing tickets will be honored for the new scheduled date. Patrons who have questions may call the Farber Box Office at 563.585.SHOW.


DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque Heritage Center is excited to announce Charlie Berens, an Emmy-winning journalist, comedian, host, and creator of the Manitowoc Minute, will perform at 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2023, in John and Alice Butler, Heritage Center. The performance is part of the 10th annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.

WHAT: Charlie Berens: Midwest Survival Guide Tour
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2023
WHERE: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

- Public: $50
- UD Affiliates (UD Faculty and Staff, UD Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military/Veterans, Groups of 10 or More): $45
- UD Students: First ticket $10; additional tickets $45
- UD Student H-PASS Holders: First ticket free; additional tickets $45
Ticket prices increase by $5 at midnight the day of the event.

Tickets for Charlie Berens: Midwest Survival Guide Tour will go on sale at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 14, and will be available for purchase from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to events at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by calling 563.585.SHOW; or by visiting

A Wisconsin native, Charlie has been featured on FOX, CBS, Funny or Die, TBS Digital, Variety, MTV News, and more. In 2017, he began the viral Midwest comedic news series Manitowoc Minute. His fans flock daily to his Facebook page to view his content, and he has over 2 million Facebook followers. After garnering millions of views, he's toured the United States selling out venues within minutes.

Charlie began his career working for MTV News' Choose or Lose. In 2012, Tribune Media tapped Charlie to host the comedic news show Nightcap. In 2013, he won an Emmy for "The Cost of Water" while reporting for KDAF, a television station in Dallas, Texas.

In 2014, CBS Sports Network hired Charlie to host the sports gameshow You're So Money. Also in 2014, PMC (Variety, Deadline) made Charlie the host of their comedy/entertainment news brand @Hollywood. From red carpets to Sundance to SXSW to Coachella, Charlie has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, politicians, actors, and musicians.

Charlie is a frequent collaborator on Funny or Die. His comedic mashups including "If Jack Dawson Was Really from Wisconsin" have garnered more than 16 million views.

Most recently, Charlie's Midwest-focused sketch comedy videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views. In addition to sketch comedy and the Manitowoc Minute, Charlie also hosts Dark Side Of on Discovery ID.

The performance is made possible, in part, by the John and Alice Butler Endowment for the Arts at University of Dubuque.

Radio sponsor support for Charlie Berens is provided exclusively by 97.7 Country WGLR-FM, a Queen B station.

Conlon Construction is the presenting sponsor of the 2022-2023 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.