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Television Writer Chris Regan to Deliver Ithaca College Commencement Address

ITHACA, NY — Emmy Award–winning writer Chris Regan will return to his alma mater to deliver the main address at Ithaca College’s 119th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

Currently contributing to Fox Television’s “Family Guy,” Regan won five Emmys and two Peabody Awards while serving on the writing staff for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” from 1999 to 2006.

Regan will speak to some 1,345 graduates and their guests at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony at Butterfield Stadium. He earned his degree in cinema and photography in 1989 from the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

Also making remarks at Commencement will be Ithaca College president Tom Rochon, senior class president Erin Smith and board of trustees chairman Tom Grape ’80.

For more information on the ceremony, which will be streamed live on the Internet and televised on Time Warner Cable channel 16 in the Ithaca area, visit

Regan broke into television writing for Nickelodeon and later worked as a stand-up comic, appeared in television commercials and sold jokes to various outlets, including the “Weekend Update” segment of “Saturday Night Live.” When Jon Stewart took over the hosting duties for “The Daily Show,” Regan was his first writing hire. With the rest of the writing staff, he was a coauthor of the best-selling “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction.”

Since 2006, Regan has written for television projects on the Fox, Comedy Central and Cartoon Networks. His published writing includes the books “Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions” and the tongue-in-cheek memoir “Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World At Large,” with the actor William Shatner.