Comedian Adam Mamawala’s show had both students and their parents rocking with laughter. The Feb. 25 show was one of the events for Dad’s Weekend.
According to his website, Mamawala won the title of “The King of Campus Comedy” at the New Jersey Comedy Festival in 2007.
He has performed stand-up for the past five years.
Mamawala has performed at more than 35 colleges in 15 states in the 2010-11 school year.
Mamawala’s skill with college humor was evident in the amount of laughter and applause he got from the audience.
“I didn’t know who the guy was so I wasn’t expecting much at all,” sophomore Hayley Steele said. “I thought I might laugh a little, but afterward, the guy was so funny I wished he could have stayed on stage a few more hours.”
His show explored themes like racial stereotypes, making jokes about everything from racist people to ridiculous Indian first names. Mamawala also did an impression of President Obama that had the audience gasping for breath.
“President Obama has the incredible ability to make everything he says sound really important,” Mamawala said.
He proved his point by reciting the opening lines of Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” in an imitation of President Obama’s voice.
Mamawala also poked fun at the advance in technology and how it has changed the way kids interact with adults.
He told stories about children’s jokes that have been given new and entirely inappropriate endings.
He read aloud what he called “the most ridiculous text message ever sent,” even calling up a volunteer from the audience to prove that he was not making it up.
The comedian moved on to making fun of political correctness, homophobic people and stupid commercials. His jokes about stupid commercials extended to advertisements for Snuggies and selling gold for cash.
“My favorite routine was him impersonating Obama, especially the part where he read Snooki quotes. But my favorite joke was ‘A Harry Potter Snuggie is both a blanket and birth control,’” Steele said.
Mamawala told a story about one radio advertisement in particular that was so bad he said he couldn’t believe it had ever been written with serious intent to sell a car.
“I don’t even have a punch line, I’m just angry,” Mamawala said.
From there, Mamawala told jokes about odd things people do only when alone in a car and encounters with law enforcement.
Mamawala wrapped up his show with a story about how he once woke up at 5:30 a.m., laughing maniacally, typed something into his phone and went back to sleep. In the morning, he said he checked his phone to discover that he had written a joke about the movie “Inception.”
“I think it’s pretty amazing that I wrote an ‘Inception’ joke in my dream,” Mamawala said.
Sharon Gollery/Culture editor
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