Wait just a Manitowoc minute...CAB scheduled some face time with Charlie Berens?!


You read that right, Concordians! Emmy-winning journalist, comedian, and host Charlie Berens is coming to a screen near you.

On Oct. 22 at 8 p.m., Berens will present his one-hour show as part of Concordia’s Homecoming week celebrations. Concordia students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters are invited to tune in for the free event. Due to the anticipated attendance, CAB is foregoing an in-person viewing party for this event and is instead encouraging students to view the show from the comfort of their rooms or safely distanced with small groups of friends.


Berens, a Wisconsin native, is the creator of the Manitowoc Minute. He has been featured on Fox, CBS, Funny or Die, TBS Digital, Variety, MTV News, and more.

Berens began his career working for MTV News’ Choose or Lose. In 2012, Tribune Media tapped Berens 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, TX.

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

Berens is a frequent collaborator on Funny or Die. His comedic mashups including “If Jack Dawson Was Really from Wisconsin” have garnered more than 13 million views.

In 2017, Berens began the viral Midwest comedic news series Manitowoc Minute. His fans flock daily to his Facebook page to view his content. He currently has over 550,000 Facebook followers. After garnering millions of views, he’s toured the United States selling out venues within minutes. Most recently, his Midwest-focused sketch comedy videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views. In addition to sketch comedy and the Manitowoc Minute, Berens also hosts Dark Side Of on Discovery ID.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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