Stand-up comedian Ryan Hamilton will perform at Brigham Young University-Idaho Jan. 15 and 16 as part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series.

"I'm really looking forward to performing back in Southeast Idaho," Hamilton said. "The last time I performed there was back in my Ricks College days. So this is going to be a lot of fun for me."

With standout appearances in 2007 on NBC's Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, he has become a young, up-and-coming comedian to watch. In 2003, he was a finalist in three national stand-up competitions. In 2005, he won Sierra Mist's America's Next Great Comic search. And in 2006, Ryan was a finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival competition and appeared at HBO's prestigious Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He's also a regular on the nationally syndicated The Bob and Tom Show.

Hamilton graduated from North Fremont High School in Ashton in 1994 and then attended Ricks College where he earned an associate degree in both print and broadcast journalism in 1998. He went on to graduate from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in public relations. He now resides in New York City.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-2230, or online at starting Dec. 28. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.