Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka to Perform at Viterbo University Sept. 27

Monday, June 24, 2024

June 24, 2024

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Atsuko Okatsuka will perform in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. This show is being added to the 2024–25 Bright Star season.

Okatsuka is based in Los Angeles. She was born in Taiwan and spent her childhood in Japan. Her debut standup special, The Intruder–directed by Tig Notaro (who performed at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center in October 2023), premiered on HBO in December 2022 and was named the Best Debut Special of 2022 by The New York Times and one of the Best Specials of 2022 by Vulture. She won the 2023 Gracie Award for Best Special and is nominated for Best Comedian by the Wowie Awards.

Okatsuka is currently developing a half-hour comedy series based on her life with FX. Her on-screen credits include History of The World: Part II (Hulu), Room 104 (HBO), and The Show Next Door with Randall Park (ROKU+). She was recently featured on This American Life with Ira Glass and told the story of how she got to the U.S. Okatsuka was raised by her grandmother, and together they created the #DropChallenge together which has amassed more than 10 million views. Her unique upbringing brings an artfully offbeat resilient persona that is perfectly embodied in her blunt bangs and bowl cut. 

Tickets are $59 for main floor, $49 for lower balcony, and $39 for upper balcony seating, plus a $3 convenience fee and $1 facility fee per ticket. All orders will include a 5.5% sales tax. An artist presale will be held Tuesday, June 25 from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public Wednesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit