By Kelly Corbett
Potatoes resembling Beyoncé, Pepperidge Farm shortages and genitalia-themed raps fueled the audience’s laughter as the most giggle-worthy students took the stage on Friday, Feb. 19, for CUB Alt’s “Student Comedy Night,” which invited the funny, the punny and anyone looking to “LOL” to the Decker Social Space.
The colorfully-attired Mixed Signals, the College’s very own improv comedy troupe, kicked off the night with some impromptu games. “Continuation” involved two Signals starting a scene only to have a magic bell ding at any time, prompting two other Signals to pick up where the last pair left off and take over the scene until the bell sounded again.
The theme of the scene was flower bouquets, resulting in an overly-emotional interaction between a customer and a florist. The customer fancied the florist and tried to present them with flowers that he had just purchased, going above and beyond the normal employee-customer relationship.
In the game “What The Fuck Chuck,” two Signals were given a word to start a scene and two other Signals put in earbuds and later tried to reenact the scene, having seen but not heard how the scene was originally performed.
The first pair of Signals created a scene about potatoes resembling Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy with their conflict being: do the Signals starve or do they mash up the A-lister potatoes? After the earbuds came out, the other two Signals tried to imitate the skit. Their approach was more holiday-themed, as the duo acted as elves delivering toys, unhappy with Santa that he wanted them to drive the sleigh.
Another skit involved brooms, a couple very lackadaisical about keeping their home clean and a husband who couldn’t stop his gyrating dance moves, or as he liked to call it, his mating dance.
The evening then transitioned to student stand-up acts. The first student of the night was Sean Delanoy, a freshman economics major at the College. He began by revealing his regimen to staying fit. He poked fun at the buff dudes who religiously workout, post about it on social media and wear clothes advertising their macho-ness. Instead, for 20 minutes a day, three days a week, Delanoy calls his mother. How does it keep him in shape, you may ask? It gets him sweating, he said. He posts about it on Facebook and he even has a shirt that says “Number 1 Son.”
When junior communication studies major Connor Meany took the stage, he came out to the audience… as a vegetarian.
Meany also spoke about his love for Halloween and dressing up, although he was upset with his defective oxygen mask.
“I don’t think it works because it makes me look nothing like oxygen,” Meany said during his set.
Up next was senior economics major Tom Barr, who joked about his mom asking him to call the dog in from outside, but he couldn’t do it because he didn’t have the dog’s number. He also praised those in the audience that read for pleasure because he said “most people just have sex.” He ended his set with a shocking anecdote about how he got revenge on a boy who stole his bike when he was 12 years old.
During his set, senior communication studies major Jonathan van Halem compared white-privilege to being in the Gryffindor House in “Harry Potter” and schooled the audience in some Revolutionary War facts. He even picked up a copy of The Signal, shedding light on the breaking news on campus that the College’s contract with Pepperidge Farm is on hold.
Finally, senior marketing major Erik Hess and his one-man band “Fat Matt” ended the night by spitting some rhymes. Their set featured raps about the cold weather, hurtful words, being “the man” and even glorified the scratching of one’s private parts. At one point, “Fat Matt” jumped down toward the audience, calling out all the men for being scratchers.
After a comedy-filled evening, the audience was left with high spirits, smiles and some new rap tunes to hum in the shower.