During his time at Marquette, Pat Finn (above) spent his time playing rugby, hanging out at the old bar The Avalanche and making memories with six roommates in a now-condemned house.
Today, he’s part of a comedy group of Marquette alumni that includes Danny Pudi and Kevin Farley.
"Marquette is a really special place," said Finn. “I am beyond happy and proud to say that I went there.”
You may also recognize him from such roles as Bill Norwood on the ABC sitcom “The Middle,” Officer Rick from Dude, Where’s My Car? and Dr. Roger, Monica’s boring boyfriend on a couple episodes of the now classic NBC sitcom “Friends.”
Upon graduating from Marquette, Finn went to Chicago with his friend Chris Farley (also a Marquette alum) to study improv. After graduating in the same Second City class with Farley, “Saturday Night Live” alum Tim Meadows and Bill Murray’s younger brother Joel, Finn moved to Los Angeles where met a fellow Marquette graduate Chris Marrs, who in turn introduced Finn to Danny Pudi at a Marquette basketball game.
The three, along with Kevin and John Farley, became fast friends - with Marquette at the anchor, Finn said. Over the years, Finn has taught improv to various ages of students. The response was huge, he said.
"We all thought, ‘what if we gave that experience to Marquette, a place we loved,’" Finn recalls.
So, in 2010 they became the Avalancheros, an improv comedy group named after the Avalanche bar (Fun fact: the bar used to stand where Campus Town East is now).
Now, the Avalancheros have become somewhat of a fixture at Marquette. They come back to teach workshops, do shows, and coach Marquette’s improv troupe, the Studio 013 Refugees (pictured below with the Avalancheros).