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K-Von, the comedian, writer, actor and host of MTV’s show, “Disaster Date” performed at Linfield in the Ice Auditorium on Oct. 26.
K-Von cracked lots of jokes toward himself, college life and dating.
His act was during family weekend, and he incorporated the audience of students and parents. K-Von joked about parents and the parental habit of chatting with their kids what not to do that their kids do anyway.
“You know what you should do parents? Do those things so that they are no cool anymore to the kids,” K-Von said.
K-Von made fun of his own Persian-Scottish background. His dad is Persian and his mom is “regular white,” K-Von said. K-Von’s new comedic DVD and T-shirts are titled “Tanx God,” or thank God, a phrase used by his father who speaks broken English.
“The comedian was good,” senior Jacob Neibergall said. “I laughed. My parents laughed. That’s all that matters.”
“He’s the funniest Persian slash Scottish man I ever met,” senior Alana Stanton said.
At the end of the show K-Von featured a slideshow with funny pictures he’d taken of bad advertising and funny signs. For instance, one of the pictures was of a K-Von standing under a sign for a Vietnamese restaurant called “Pho Kim Long.”
“I want to encourage everyone to find laughter in their everyday life and all around,” K-Von said toward the end of his show.
“I was impressed with the comedian tonight. He was by far the funniest this year,” sophomore Katy Devore said. “He even had the mom next to me laughing so hard, tears were streaming down her face.”
K-Von has also performed onstage with other comedians including Josh Tosh, Maz Jobrani, Russell Peters and Brand Garrett.
K-Von has done stand-up comedy around the world including India and Dubai. His experiences from these places were also featured in his comedic act.
K-Von also has his own YouTube channel “kvoncomedy.”
For more information about K-Von visit his website K-voncomedy.com or his WordPress, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. His username for social media is “Kvoncomedy.”
Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor
Exposing hilarity through visual trickery, Derek Hughes received a demanded, and much deserved, standing ovation.
The Linfield Activities Board invited the stand-up magician to perform at Linfield College on Oct. 5, with audience members actively participating throughout his act.
“I will now walk toward the audience and let you touch me,” Hughes said.
Laughter was constant; with Hughes’ raunchy humor, students adored his comedy.
Through witty remarks and physical humor, Hughes surprised and lured the audience in with traditional card tricks then with his jokes.
Hughes began his tricks with objects such as rope, cards and books, giving them to audience members and having them join him on stage; making it much more interactive and enjoyable.
The comedian had a collaboration of clumsy and nerdy jokes. What looks like mistakes were actually built in to the act, seen when he “dropped” a piece of newspaper that became important later when he read the minds of students in the audience.
Topping off the end of the show, the magician-comedian’s final acts consisted of balancing ping pong balls on his nose and a twist on the traditional, “Is this your card?” trick.
Hughes revealed the location of an audience member’s lost card by flashing the crowd his bare behind.
After the show, students interacted with Hughes and had the chance to talk to him and were even able to thank the performer personally.
“Hughes performed at Linfield last year and I hope he comes back next year,” freshman Rachel Williams said.
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Comedian Derek Hughes performs magic tricks along with his comedy act on Oct. 5 in Ice Auditorium. Hughes finished off his show with a ping pong ball being balanced on his nose for his final act for the night.
Comedian Mary Patterson Broome performed March 16 at Ice Auditorium, attempting to keep the crowd’s attention through some mediocre comedy.
This southern belle brought up problems that all students deal with like social media, dating, getting a job and parents.
Although she was able to relate to the audience, her jokes were only funny enough to cause people to smile, not laugh.
Despite the inability to bring the audience to laugh out loud standards, Broome did a good job of playing into the audience that was there.
While the auditorium only had about a third of the seats full, she made sure to keep things alive by interacting with specific audience members, calling out a person for coming in late and giving out thanks to those who were physically responsive to her initial jokes.
Although her interactive nature kept the women in the audience satisfied, a number of men left early from the show.
Awkward dating stories and acknowledgment of her subtle attractiveness probably left the men in the audience feeling just as awkward as she did and itching to leave.
She talked about her jobs before comedy, including her job selling all-natural honey at a Los Angeles farmers market.
In a southern accent, she called herself a “honey hustler peddling that sweet nectar.” She defined it as one of the most degrading points of her life in Hollywood.
Broome could work on originality. Hearing jokes about how British people have bad teeth or how theatre majors are over dramatic are the oldest stereotypes in the book.
She tried to add her own twist, yet her inexperience showed through.
To find more information on Mary Patterson Broome or her comedic jokes, you can visit her blog called “Upper-Middle Class Angst,” where she discusses the problems of being a moocher off her parents, while trying to make it in Hollywood.
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The lights go down in the Marshall Theatre. The room is pitch black, until five cell phone screens light up the stage. The screens begin to move, bouncing around the stage. These dancing cell phones create an enticing opening scene to the comedy, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.”
This entertaining production has been in the works for a few months. The cast members were able to get to know each other during the course of two and a half months—a long time in the theatre world. It is performed by six main actors and five members of the ensemble, who danced between scenes and creatively changed the equipment by moving robotically. The actors of the play worked together seamlessly.
The main character, Jean, played by junior Paige Keith, is a woman who gets completely entangled in a new world simply by picking up a cell phone.
“This was the best cast and crew I have worked with,” Keith said. “It was the most fun I have had in a production since high school.”
Keith has previously performed at Linfield in “The Comedy of Errors,” “West Moon Street” and “Execution of Justice.” She is a theatre and business double major.
Keith had pre-stage jitters before the show and said that her heart was racing before each play. However, she added that the cast had performed the show so many times that they all had it down. She said she is able to get into the flow once the lights go on and she walks onstage.
Freshman Nicholas Granato, who is hoping to pursue acting as a profession, played the dead man himself. He has performed in Chekhov’s “The Bear,” “Fifth of July” and in numerous other shows. He played Gordon, a dead man who is discovered by Jean at a nondescript café.
“We had a great cast. No one ever fought,” Granato said.
However, the process was not an easy one.
“The first read through was confusing, no one knew what they were reading,” he said.
However, the play had certainly improved since the first read through; it was obvious when watching the actors that they were confident in their work.
Among Keith and Granato were seniors Grace Becket and Bailey Maxwell and juniors Daphne Dosset and Jacob Preister. The ensemble was made up of animated actors. Sophomore Tim Marl impressed the audience with his skillful robotic moves. He has been dancing since he was four years old, and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” was his first performance at Linfield.
The play isn’t just a mindless comedy. It brings about insightful thoughts about the effects of technology on today’s society. The characters are plagued by their cellular devices. Jean wouldn’t have ever gotten involved with Gordon’s odd family if she had ignored the obnoxious ringtone, or better yet if Gordon had politely silenced his cell phone before he died. Instead, Jean answers the cell phone, and continues to entangle herself in Gordon’s eccentric family by continuing to pick up the device. Jean simply cannot let the device go, until she learns the hard way that technology isn’t as important as she once believed.
The play was a success for the theatre department, selling out on opening night. The play will continue April 19, 20 and 21.
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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.
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