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Comedian explores dating, sex

Comedian Jonny Loquasto engages his audience during his show Nov. 5 in Ice Auditorium. Joel Ray/Photo editor

A comedian gave an interactive performance dealing with the subjects of dating and relationships.

The show took place Nov. 5 in the Ice Auditorium.

Comedian Jonny Loquasto has hosted shows for the Gameshow Network, TBS, Break.com and various shows at CBS.

“At the beginning of the show, he rearranged people in the balcony,” sophomore Tim Marl said. “He told them to sit next to each other to make relationships happen.”

Junior Julie Schoettler said she was not entirely sure what to expect, but she enjoyed the show.

“I didn’t really know what he was going to be like,” Schoettler said. “I had never heard of him before, and there weren’t a lot of people in the audience when I went in there, so I didn’t think it was going to be very good. But it was a lot better than I thought.”

Schoettler said one of her favorite parts was a remark that Loquasto made about the gender ratio.

“He made a comment about how the Linfield freshmen class is 70 percent women and 30 percent men, so the guys have good odds,” Schoettler said.

One of the most memorable parts of the show was the end, Marl said.

“He did a little dating show at the end with people he picked from the audience,” Marl said. “There were two girls and four guys. It was like a typical dating show. He asked the guys questions, and at the end, the girls had to pick which guy they liked.”

Marl said that, overall, it was a funny and engaging performance.

“I laughed a lot during the show,” Marl said.

Schoettler appreciated how Loquasto worked with the audience during his comic routine.

“He really listened to the crowd,” Schoettler said. “He listened to what we liked, what we got, what we laughed about, and he would change his jokes depending on the crowd’s reaction. The crowd liked him.”

Schoettler said that she enjoyed the show and she would watch Loquasto perform again if he came back to Linfield in the future.

“I think it’s great that ASLC puts on these events for us,” Schoettler said.

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Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
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‘Last Comic Standing’ finalist appeals to college audience

Students were kept laughing all night by a guest comedian Oct. 15 in Ice Auditorium.

Myq Kaplan had a joke for just about everything and didn’t hold back, even cracking a few jokes about audience members.

Kaplan was definitely a good pick for a young adult audience.

He told several raunchy jokes that got the whole crowd laughing, covering everything from gay to incredibly sexual jokes.

“This guy was hilarious. I loved that all his jokes related to each other in some way. He had an awkward presence but that just made him even more hilarious,” freshman Caitlynn Fahlgren said.

“He was so funny. I seriously laughed the entire time. I loved that he had a joke about absolutely everything. His level of inappropriateness wasn’t too far, but just far enough. He was really engaging with his audience. He kept making fun of one guy for his laugh and me for being late,” said freshman Laura Lichti.

Even after his performance, Kaplan kept cracking jokes.

During my interview with him he referred to me as “the Socrates of journalism” because I’m aware that I have a lot to learn, but still tried to fake being the best writer out there.

“I really liked Linfield. Most of the people here seemed really into the show and looked like they were happy to be here,” said Kaplan.

Kaplan is a 2010 Last Comic Standing finalist and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central Presents, and The Late, Late Show with Craig Fergusen.

He tours the country regularly, and has preformed at more than 1,000 destinations

His CD, Vegan Mind Meld, was one of iTunes top best-selling comedy albums in 2010.

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Breanna Bittick/
Staff writer
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Comedian pokes fun at rules of dating

Comedian Ron G engaged the audience with his jokes and funny stories about drunken people, racial differences and the rules of dating during a performance Sept. 24 in Ice Auditorium. Joel Ray/Photo editor

Comedian Ron G had his audience in stitches with jokes about the rules of dating and his impressions of everything from an angry girlfriend to President Obama.

Ron G was a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and he was the first place winner of the 2005
Sierra Mist Late Night Laff Off. The comedian performed for students Sept. 24 in Ice Auditorium.

While he made fun of drunken people, racial differences and frustrating everyday moments, the bulk of Ron G’s comic routine was centered on the subject of dating. He made fun of the way girls can make snatching their boyfriends’ dreams away almost like a sport, complete with teams and cheerleaders.

“I almost expect to see them on Sports Central,” he said.

He did an impression of a cheerleader rooting for her team to destroy a boy’s self-confidence.

Another topic he covered was nice boys.

“Girls think of nice boys like they think of the tooth fairy,” he said.

He also told the audience that “nice is the new creepy” and related a funny story about being treated like a creeper because he was being too nice on a first date.

One of his more popular impressions was of an angry girl being driven home by her boyfriend. The audience laughed uproariously at his facial expressions and exaggerated movements.

The comedian also made fun of racial differences. He imitated black people making fun of white people and Asian people making fun of black people.

“Everyone’s a little bit racist,” he said.

When he asked if there was anyone from India in the audience and began doing an exaggerated impression of an Indian, one audience member exclaimed that he was “not that Indian,” making the comedian laugh so hard that he had to wipe tears from his eyes.

Also tied to the topic of racism was the comedian’s impression of President Obama.  He said that Obama has set the bar too high for normal guys, making it almost impossible for an average man to ask a girl out. He ended the story with an impression of asking a girl out “presidential style.”

He finished the performance with impressions of terrible everyday moments that only last a split second but that seem to last forever. “Chariots of Fire” played over the speakers as he did slow-motion impressions of being fired from a job, having a credit card fail at the grocery store, finding out that the stripper at a bachelor party is a man, and discovering that there is no more toilet paper in the bathroom at a family dinner.

It was a hilarious performance that was well received by the audience.  Ron G can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and on his web site, gorong.com.

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Sharon Gollery/Culture editor

Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com. 

Students react uneasily to comedian’s edgy show

Comedian Guy Branum received mixed responses from students during a performance April 16 sponsored by the Linfield Activities Board.

Branum used his homosexuality as the basis of his act. He frequently interacted with audience members, asking them questions about their race, academic interests and sexual orientation.

Branum asked a lesbian student to keep a tally of the number of times he insulted lesbians and often singled out and commented on the attractiveness of male audience members.

Sophomore Caleb Goad received continous attention from Branum throughout the show.

“I thought he was extremely crass,” Goad said. “I stopped listening after the first two minutes.”

Several students said they felt uneasy during Branum’s uncensored comedy show.

Freshman Ali Dickey said she was uncomfortable.

Junior Bouquet Harger speculated that Branum caused a few students to leave after making a controversial joke about abortion. However, Harger said she enjoyed attending the LAB event. She thought his complaints about Portland were funny.

“He made fun of and complained about a lot of things in a good way,” Harger said.

Negative comments about Branum’s style were mixed with praise from many other attendees.

“I thought he was as funny here as he was in ‘No Strings Attached,’” senior Geoff Porter said.

Sophmore Allyna Murray said she also enjoyed the show.

“He was funnier than on the ‘Chelsea Lately Show,’” Murray said.

Branum questioned freshman Riley Gibson during the show for propping his broken foot on the railing in Ice Auditorium. Despite being made fun of, Gibson said he thought Branum’s act was “pretty good.”

Branum is best known for his work with Chelsea Lately on the ‘Chelsea Lately Show’ and his film debut in the 2011 movie ‘No Strings Attached,’ starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman.


Michele Wong/For the Review
Michele Wong can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Comedian to provide a worthwhile study break

Comedian Matt Kirshen, seen in one of his posters above, is set to perform the last comedic act of Fall Semester at 9 p.m. on Dec. 11 in Ice Auditorium.  Photo courtesy of Matt Kirshen

Comedian Matt Kirshen, seen in one of his posters above, is set to perform the last comedic act of Fall Semester at 9 p.m. on Dec. 11 in Ice Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Matt Kirshen

Talking to a comedian can be insightful and hilarious at the same time. Comedian Matt Kirshen provided some sound bites fit for their own standup set, and he’s slotted as the semester’s last comedian at 9 p.m. on Dec. 11 in Ice Auditorium.
Here’s the lowdown on what he said:
TLR: I’m guessing you’ve never been to the Linfield campus before. Is that true?
Kirshen: I have never been to Oregon before.
TLR: What do you expect it to be like?
K: I know nothing about your school; I’m ready to expect anything from students wanting to listen to a show, to animals that I have to hunt with weapons.
No, I have no idea what to expect. You’re a liberal arts college, right?
TLR: Yes.
K: And you’re in Oregon?
TLR: Yes.
K: And that is as far as I’ve gotten so far on my research.
TLR: What is your comedic style?
K: I completely jump between styles and subjects. There’s one-liners; there’s stories; there’s politics; there’s just nonsense. Whatever happens to amuse me goes in the set.
TLR: Do you alter your performance for college audiences?
K: I never really go onstage with a set idea of what I’m going to talk about. In any particular gig, whether it’s colleges or whether it’s clubs or theaters or bars, or whatever, I like to run with the feeling of the place, improvise a bit, you know, pick and choose stories.
TLR: How do people react to your comedy?
K: Angrily. Angrily and violently; that’s the normal reaction, so anything that doesn’t end in like a violent riot where I’m needing a police escort out of the venue, I count as a win.
TLR: When did you begin doing comedy?
K: I was a big fan of comedy, and I was writing for this comedy paper. My friend James, who was writing with me, said he wanted to do a standup gig at this comedy night. We did our first gig together, and it carried on from there
TLR: Were you the class clown in school?
K: I wasn’t that stereotypical, always-cracking-jokes type; I was quite a nerdy kid in school — I did a math degree.
[Fun fact: Kirshen earned a math degree from the University of Cambridge. ]
K: I was good at [math] in high school. I think everyone should, at least once in their life, experience becoming instantly average at a thing they previously thought they were decent at. That’s what happened the very day I started at a university. I went from being at the top of the class to just nobody. You kind of go from being good among people who are average, and then you’re good amongst people who are geniuses.
TLR: Was comedy always the plan?
K: It wasn’t the plan. I’ve never really planned anything in my life, but I’m quite lucky to have found a job where that’s not necessary. It’s something I’d always been interested in. I’ve always liked comedy; I’ve always enjoyed the mechanics of it; I’ve enjoyed watching it, and I like making people laugh.It’s a ludicrous job to have, but I love it.

So, there you have it, straight from the funny man’s mouth.
Attending his performance in lieu of studying for final exams will be worthwhile, Kirshen said, especially since he came all the way from England for this performance.
“My show will be far more entertaining than being a success in life,” he said.
To learn more about Kirshen, visit his websites at www.facebook.com/MattKirshen or www.myspace.com/mattkirshen.


Septembre Russell/Copy chief
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