From the Independent Weekly’s “Eight Days a Week” feature

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Sebastian Maniscalco and Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show
Student Union, UNC Campus—When comedian Sebastian Maniscalco (left in the picture) got to spend a month touring major venues across the country with Vince Vaughn, he was careful not to quit his day job as a waiter. “When I left to go on tour, I had every intention of going back to my day job,” says Maniscalco, whose tour is chronicled in the new documentary Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show, which premieres tomorrow. “It’s basically the biggest break I’ve had in my career up to this point.”

The exposure Maniscalco received from the tour helped him finally go into comedy full time. January saw his second appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and his own Comedy Central Presents special. Tonight, he’ll appear at UNC as part of a special advance screening of the film at 7:30. Though Vaughn’s tour took Maniscalco everywhere from Bakersfield, Calif. to Des Moines, Iowa, this will mark the comedian’s first visit to North Carolina (he says he’d love to perform at Goodnight’s in Raleigh).

Maniscalco has nothing but praise for Vaughn, whom he calls “a truly unselfish guy.” He says the tour helped him learn to perform before a large audience: “It gave me a confidence that I didn’t have before.” He’s planning his own cross-country tour, along with trying to get a distributor for an hour-long DVD of his act. Eventually, he’d like to try his own tour with other up-and-comers. “It’d be a great thing to give back and pay it forward and do it for some other rising comedians,” Maniscalco says. —Zack Smith

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