Comedian to Tackle Unemployment's Humorous Side

Losing your job is no laughing matter, but Marc Mulvey's take on post-pink slip life is intended to be.

The Palatine resident, an alumnus of Harper College's "Career Stimulus" job-hunting and job-nabbing support program, will bring his standup comedy version of unemployment's ups and downs to the group's December meeting in an effort to create a little year-end cheer amid the serious reality of a downturned economy.

His "Times Are Already Serious: Lighten Up!" routine will headline the meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 16; breakout sessions on a wide range of career issues will follow.

Two years ago, Mulvey was in the audience himself as a comedian took the stage at Career Stimulus' final meeting of 2009. The act inspired him to give comedy a try, and he's since launched a new career path, booking gigs in Chicago and the suburbs and taking third place at the World Series of Comedy competition in Las Vegas.

His routines draw on his own experience and parody the unemployment journey.

"In times like this, people can get so serious that they lose their perspective," Mulvey says. "I think humor can help you keep your composure."

Career Stimulus offers guidance for effective networking, writing good resumes, nailing interviews, negotiating salaries and more. The group meets monthly, and Nancy Wajler, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, says the several hundred members - some of whom have been pushing through unemployment for months - deserve a comedic break this time around to help them end the year on a high note.

"We've tackled a lot of tough topics in this program, and we thought laughter really would be the best medicine for rounding out the year," Wajler says.

The December 16 session runs from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Wojcik Conference Center on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road. It is free for first-timers.

For more information, visit www.harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6438.

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, 847.925.6159