Spotlight Event

Revenge of the Nerds


With star Curtis Armstrong (aka “Booger”) in person!

Join us for the opening night party, featuring free champagne, beer kegs, hors d’oeuvres and live music by  Tucson 80s cover band, 80s & Gentlemen, starting at 6:30pm!

Meet acclaimed actor Curtis Armstrong in person at a special screening of the 1984 comedy classic, Revenge of the Nerds, filmed in Tucson on the University of Arizona campus! Curtis will participate in a post-film Q&A, and copies of his new memoir, Revenge of the Nerd: Or … The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger, will be available for sale and signing at this event following the Q&A, courtesy of University of Arizona BookStores! Please note there is a two item limit per person for the signing. Signatures and photographs are free.

Nerds, Nerds, Nerds, Nerds, NERDS! In the beloved Tucson-shot college comedy Revenge of the Nerds, geeky freshmen Gilbert (Anthony Daniels) and Lewis (Robert Carradine) are having a hard time fitting in among the jocks and cool kids at Adams College (played by the University of Arizona). Things get even worse when they’re evicted from their dormitory because the Alpha Betas – who recently burned down their own fraternity house in a wild party accident – need a place to crash. When the college forces the freshmen to live in the gym (played by the UA’s Bear Down Gym), Gilbert, Lewis and their fellow dorks – Poindexter, Wormser, Lamar, Takashi and the consistently charming Booger (Curtis Armstrong) – relocate to a run-down house and start their own outcast fraternity, the Lamda Lamda Lamdas. But when the Alpha Betas repeatedly humiliate them, the nerds plot their sweet revenge. A hilariously raunchy frat comedy with a shocking amount of heart (the rousing “nerd speech” at the final pep rally may be one of the most moving scenes in any wacky comedy), Revenge of the Nerds inspired three sequels and lit the eternal flame of nerd pride, paving the way for today’s nerd-tastic culture. (Dir. by Jeff Kanew, 1984, USA, 90 mins, Rated R)

Curtis Armstrong divided his early years between Detroit – a town apparently so nerdy that the word “nerd” was coined there in 1949 – and Geneva, Switzerland, which by comparison, wasn’t nerdy at all. Following a childhood spent mainly between the covers of books, Armstrong studies at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Michigan. After eight years of stage work in New York and around the country, Armstrong was cast in his first film, Risky Business, opposite Tom Cruise. It was the beginning of a string of classic comedy films and television shows, including Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer, TV’s Moonlighting and, most significantly, Revenge of the Nerds, in which he played the iconic role of “Booger.”  Since then, Armstrong has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including, recently, Supernatural and New Girl.  He also co-created and co-hosted (along with Nerds co-star Robert Carradine) the hit comedy/reality show, King of the Nerds, which brought his nerd narrative full circle. His memoir, Revenge of the Nerd: Or … The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger, detailing his 40-year career as an actor, was released in July, 2017.

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