Rob Riggle to be honored with KU’s Distinguished Alumni Award

photo by: Nick Krug

In this file photo from Sept. 26, 2014, Rob Riggle serves as grand marshall in the University of Kansas Homecoming Parade in downtown Lawrence.

Actor and comedian Rob Riggle will be honored this year with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.

The college will host “An Evening with Rob Riggle” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Burge Union. Tickets are required and free. They are available at the Kansas Union, according to a news release from KU.

Riggle has forged two careers since graduating from KU in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in theater and film. Following a career with the U.S. Marine Corps, during which he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, Riggle has become well known in comedic films and television.

He is also known for his philanthropic efforts and as an enthusiastic fan of KU.

“Rob Riggle’s accomplished and varied career exemplifies the many paths open to graduates with a well-rounded education in the liberal arts and sciences,” said Clarence Lang, interim dean of the college. “We are pleased to recognize him and welcome him back to campus.”

Riggle’s resume includes roles in “The Hangover” and “Step Brothers,” as well as stints on “Saturday Night Live” and as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” His most recent film appearance is in “Night School” with Kevin Hart, which debuted at the top of the box office this fall.

As a KU fan, he regularly appears at football and basketball games. During KU’s appearance last spring in the NCAA Final Four against Villanova, Riggle was the sideline reporter on the Kansas TeamCast broadcast on TNT.

He hosted KU’s Late Night in the Phog in 2013 and served as the grand marshal of the KU Homecoming Parade in 2014.

More details on tickets and the event are available online at


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