The benefit is also to preserve the name of his late father, who made his own contributions to MUSC during a career at the medical facility.
Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 1, tickets for “An Evening with Stephen Colbert Benefiting MUSC” range from $30 to $125 in orchestra level seating, and VIP tickets are $500. The event will be held at Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St in Charleston.
Jonathan Alter of MSNBC will also appear that evening, and to interview Colbert with questions from the audience.
Funds realized from the event will sponsor an endowed chair position, the Colbert Chair, which operates in support of the same two offices the political comedian’s father held at the university.
Dr. James W. Colbert Jr. was MUSC’s 1st Vice President for Academic Affairs for five years beginning in 1969, the first to the hold that position in the college’s then-145 year history. He also served as provost.
The school credits him for helping it “adopt the traditions of academic medicine,” and for successful aid in resolving a labor strike at MUSC that began during his first year with the facility.
Dr. Colbert’s career came to a tragic close when he was killed in the 1974 crash of Eastern Airlines flight 212, as were two of the comedian’s brothers.
MUSC’s education center and library already carry the doctor’s name in his honor.
The popular comedian and actor made other contributions to MUSC in recent years. He spoke at its 2009 graduation ceremony, earning himself an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and in 2010 donated the original desk from the set of his television show for a fundraising auction.
His own video promotion of Friday's event can be seen by clicking here.
Colbert grew up in James Island and attended the Porter-Gaud School in Charleston.