The man responsible for bridging the gap between science and comedy is helping the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls celebrate its 25th year.

Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' will be presenting a 45-minute talk on a variety of science-related topics. The event will also include a 45-minute question-and-answer session.

The appearance in the Mary W. Sommervold Hall is set for Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 PM.

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The Washington DC native attended Cornell University, where he studied at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and took an astronomy class led by  Carl Sagan. Nye graduated from Cornell University with a BS in mechanical engineering.

His first post-college job was for the Boeing Corporation as an engineer, where he invented a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube used on Boeing 747 airplanes.

During his time at Boeing, Nye started doing standup comedy after winning a Steve Martin lookalike contest. He eventually quit his job at Boeing to pursue comedy full-time. He eventually landed a regular spot on a local Seattle TV station mixing comedy and science, earning him 'The Science Guy' nickname.

His first national exposure came in the early 90s with a series of segments on the Disney Channel's All-New Mickey Mouse Club. That led to the creation of Bill Nye The Science Guy, which ran nationally from 1993 to 1999.

Over the years, Nye has become a pop culture fixture with appearances on Dancing With the Stars, The Big Bang Theory, and The Masked Singer.

Tickets for Nye's Sioux Falls appearance range from $25 to $75 (plus taxes and fees). A VIP Meet and Greet is available for $175 (plus taxes and fees) and includes a reserved seat, signed book, light appetizers and a cash bar.

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