Penn entertainers

It’s obvious that Penn students are smart, but did you know that they can be funny, dramatic and harmonic, too? University students have reached the highest echelons of science and medicine, business and politics, but they also shine bright in Hollywood and the music industry.

John Legend

In this edition of By The Numbers, we walk the red carpet with Penn entertainers.


Time, in the a.m., that Vanessa Bayer will speak at the Annenberg School for Communication undergraduate graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 15. Bayer, a featured player on “Saturday Night Live,” graduated from Penn in 2004.


Total gross reciepts, according to Box Office Mojo, of the 2005 film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which starred Steve Carell as the sexless Andy Stitzer and Elizabeth Banks as the frisky Beth. Banks, born Elizabeth Mitchell, graduated magna cum laude from Penn in 1996.


Year in which comedian Whitney Cummings graduated magna cum laude from Penn. Known for her biting comedy, she joked at the recent Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump, “Donald, you are gross, nobody likes you, but you come back every couple of years and nobody knows why. You’re like the McRib.”


Number of weeks John Legend’s debut studio album, “Get Lifted,” remained on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was powered by the ballad “Ordinary People.” Legend (pictured), born John Stephens, graduated from Penn in 1999.


Year in which Candice Bergen became the first woman to host “Saturday Night Live.” Bergen left Penn in 1965 without graduating, but received an honorary degree in 1992.

Originally published on May 5, 2011