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Comfest 2017: Drunk, High, Sober Review

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

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Hey daddies! Everyone remember Comfest from a few weeks ago? We do because we had a BLAST at that shindig. Funny is the new sexy, at least that’s what I tell myself. Anyway, The National College Comedy Festival is the biggest and awesomest college comedy festival in existence featuring student groups from around the country as well as really cool professional acts.

We sent three of our debauched writers to the first student show of Comfest under different states of inebriation to see what they thought. Please enjoy our drunk, high and sober review of Comfest. Comedians if you read this, sorry we did this to you. We respect your craft.

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First up on the roster, our resident alcoholic. Apparently there is no food or drink allowed in the theater but you’ll be glad to know our writer got fully away with it. Good luck with that in the future.

DRUNK

Time for comedy
Broccoli…why
I need to be more drunk for this
Is Jared Klein watching me
Don’t see the beard and weird cap so think I’m all good
Are bean boots part of their team uniform
Why is there so much fruit

I’m just so confused
I think I missed the premise of this so I’m confused
Why is this young man is yelling 80s songs at me
Tom and Jerry gay couple? I COULD BE INTO THAT
Man dropping the table during intermission
Highlight of my night
Now table I can get into
Did he just say vulva? You have my attention

I HAVE A CLASS WITH THAT KID IN THE BLACK SHIRT
They are all wearing black I am drunk
The wheelchair no absolutely not wow yes
That boy is so bendy
I wish the music was louder so I can truly jam
Omg property brothers that’s my shiiiiiiiit
Donald Glover DID win the Emmy
I don’t believe!! They’re brainwashing me!
This director sketch. Yep they’re definitely brainwashing me
I knew they would brainwash me at some point

These kids are legit!!! They’re wearing diapers!!!
CHEESE??! Officially the best group

Since when do men go to Sarah Lawrence?
I thought this was supposed to be about Los Angeles
Wow v acrobatic

So confused by their voices
Is that ok?
BENDY BOY IS BACK
Yeah no forreal this tall beautiful girl has a weird voice
Boy byyyeeee

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Is this fun yet? I’m having fun, although I don’t feel like I know what happened at Comfest yet. Let’s try again with our high flyer.

 HIGH

Hi everyone and also hi me I will read this later
And also high me lol
Ready for some laughs
This is very crowded I feel crowded
Improvvv they make it up as they go along and THAT is fly
Tall blonde is so tall how tall are you boy
BOOTS BOOTS BOOTS
Stompy boots
I have to pee already
Siiinnngggiiinng. I thought this was comedy I did NOT expect singing
80s MUSIC IS THE BEST MUSIC
This is funny funny funny I am laughing now
SKETCHIEEEZZZZ SKIDMORE YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS GO TEAM
Work those butts skinny boys
Bruno Mars used for a good cause
Twins are not saying the same things that is the joke I get it now someone explained it to me
GOD! HELLO GOD ITS ME IM HERE TOO
People are yelling I am scared
Dicks why too many dicks on the dance flooorrr
This skit is crazy what is happening am I losing it
DIAPERS
LITTLE BABY COMEDIANS AND COMEDIENNES
CHEEEEEEEESSSSSEEEEEE
Omg cheese
Hot legs everywhere
Why aren’t my legs this hot
Tall bill was my father’s name
Girl is wearing a formal jacket with just a diaper aka life goals
MORE CHEESE ARE YOU KIDDING
Since when do men go to Sarah Lawrence
Boys in green sweaters are better than boys not in green sweaters
YOU CAN’T SAY SHIT ON TV
THIS BOY ROCKS MY SOCKS IM NOT WEARING SOCKS
I forgot this was improv for a minute
Bad sketch. Good improv
I want to make stuff up
ORAL SEX JOKES LOL
The world needs more oral sex. Sex for everyone
Ok more Skidmore I’m ready
I want this girl’s hair
Not on my head just to have and to hold
SANTAA CHRISTMAS
Poetry is so weird
This is going on too long or I’m high
I think saw this same boy earlier. Where are you from funny boy
I want the cheese back
MORE CHEESE PLEASE
Ok it’s over im going to go get some cheese

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In case you were wondering, she did not get any cheese. And also Sargento was recalled the next day so whoever did get cheese, please let us know if you r ok. Finally, our sober reviewer, sorry that we made you do this.

 SOBER

BEGINNING THOUGHTS:
It’s actually very cool that our school does this
I thought everyone here was too clinically depressed and/or high to be funny
I seem to be sitting near the comedy kids section. Everyone is doing a bit.
Too many bits

THE WHISTLING SHRIMP:
Improv is the cause of my crippling anxiety
This boy in the green shirt looks like the PC from those Apple commercials
These people are all very loud but funny
The girls are the funniest. The feminist in me is pleased but still angry about the patriarchy

CHOCOLATE CAKE CITY:
Where is Emerson
I need to know what that boy puts in his hair
They’re all wearing plaid. I’m guessing this means Emerson is somewhere in the North East
Love Shack is a GREAT song and I will never admit otherwise
I would invest in this singing boy. He’s going places.

THE SKETCHIES:
People are very excited. This is the most school spirit I have ever seen
Way to go Skidmore, you apathetic nerds
No divorce, abortion, or suicide jokes yet. But this is only the first sketch
Dancing boy in the apron is the most excited person I have ever seen
Chanting really will excite any audience. Smart Sketchies
Haha. Dicks.
It’s funny because it’s true! Avant garde theater DOES suck!

LUNCHBOX:
Are they wearing diapers for no reason or did I miss something
None of these kids skip leg day. Surprising for comedy nerds. Well done
I’m naming my next pet Tall Bill. Very catchy
I think I have seen this sketch on SNL
Note to self: people love free cheese

FERAL CHRISTINE:
Since when do men go to Sarah Lawrence?
This guy is really about bowling. Live your truth, man
Haha. Boys having sex!
I’m really sorry, I had to go to the bathroom at this point.
I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say this was HILARIOUS

AWKWARD KIDS TALKING:
More Skidmore! Are we a bit narcissistic? The audience is thrilled anyway
Some of these kids are very awkward but some are not. I feel misled
This boy coming up with rhymes on the spot is very impressive. I am not good at poetry
I want to know where this girl got her mom jeans. Mom jeans are still in, right?
Tall girl really likes to be on the floor

END THOUGHTS:
Generally glad I went to this
Generally un-glad that I had to be the sober one
Generally attracted to the 3 MCs/Producers. Anyone got their phone numbers? Lmk

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Thanks guys! What a journey we all went on together. I learned that at Comfest, there’s a lot of skinny boys and dancing and sometimes there’s free cheese. I will definitely be going back next year. A+ comedy nerds.

 

Weekend Distractions CXXXXI

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

THURSDAY:

5:00pm – “What in God’s Name? Religion and Politics in the 2016 Presidential Election” @ Palamountain
5:00pm – Soundmind @ Tang
5:30pm – Art and the Brain @ Filene (Canceled – will be rescheduled)
6:00pm – Middle East Documentary Series @ Spa
6:30pm – Upstate Collage Night @ Tang (postponed until Thursday, February 23, 6:30)

FRIDAY:

12:00pm – Call Your Legislators Calling Party @ Spa
6:00pm – Big Green Scream @ Williamson Sports Center
7:00pm – Comfest @ JKB
8:00pm – Bartók Series: New Orford String Quartet @ Zankel
10:00pm – Black History Month Open Mic Night
10:30pm – Saratoga Sixteen and Hip Hop Showcase @ Tang

SATURDAY:

10:00am – Skidmore Alpine Ski Carnival @ Gore
5:00pm – Wind Festival Chamber Ensembles @ Zankel
7:00pm – Yuanxiao Festival Celebration @ ICC
7:00pm – Comfest @ JKB
8:00pm – New York Woodwind Quintet @ Zankel

SUNDAY:

10:00am – Skidmore Alpine Ski Carnival @ Gore
2:00pm – Wind Festival Concert Band @ Zankel

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

Realign: A Painting & Performance by Becca Baruc

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Sexy.

This Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00pm in the Payne Room of the Tang, Becca Baruc ’15 will present Realign, a painting and performance to be created tomorrow night for the first time ever!

Realign presents a new, large-scale painting and performance by Baruc that reflect the culmination of her work this semester. Baruc creates her sculptural paintings by crumpling and crushing the canvas before expanding it back out and painting “straight” lines on it. Audience members will be invited to move around the room and explore the painting from different vantage points. Then a short performance by the artist will follow, further exploring themes such as perspective, balance, and imperfection.

Said canvas is currently in the process of being made in Case Gallery–so you can stop by to take a look at it this very moment–after which it will be moved to the Tang and completed before the 7:00pm performance. After the performance, the painting will be returned to Case Gallery, where it will hang until April 18.

Realign is part of a larger series of paintings and performances by Baruc on Skidmore campus this semester. In process is an installation for the entry hall of the Dana Science Center–to be completed late April–and a painting that will be a part of an Independent Study in Dance by Anastasia Eckerson ’15, on view in the Art Building, Room 308, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm, and Friday, April 24 at 6:00 pm.

The performance is set to begin at 7:30, and there will be food beforehand, so be sure and arrive early to grab some goodies before catching what’s sure to be a killer show. Also, you might remember Becca Baruc from our coverage of ComFest 2015, which she co-produced. She’s also an American Studies major and a member of the Ad-Libs. And she’s performing in this week’s Friday Night Stand-Up. Whoa! What the fuck can’t she do?

Weekend Distractions CXXXV

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

THURSDAY:
8:00pm – Seniors Go Solo ft. BEER @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Carr Residency Lecture: Documentarian Jocelyn Arem ’04 @ Filene

FRIDAY:
3:00pm Jacob Perlow Event Series: Life in a Jar @ Filene
7:00pm – Life Under ISIS: Discussion w/ Abude Alasaad @ Davis
8:00pm – Skidmore Concert Band @ Filene
8:00pm – Breakbeats Final Show @ Filene

SATURDAY:
2:00pm – The Feminist Monologues @ Wilson
6:30pm – Hotel Anello (ft. Jonathan Lee-Rey) @ Falstaff’s
3:00pm – Jacob Perlow Event Series: Life in a Jar @ Filene
8:00pm – Senior Recital: Jarred Green and Max Weigel @ Zankel
8:00pm – The Feminist Monologues @ Wilson
8:30pm – Los Elk & McLovins @ Putnam Den
9:00pm – Teen Girl Scientist Monthly & Iguana Mañana @ The SPA
9:00pm – AKT & Ad-Libs Improv Comedy Mega Show @ Davis
10:30pm – TuftsMORE: Dynamics & Tufts sQ Jam @ Wilson

SUNDAY:
1:00pm – Senior Recital: Emily Burnham, Voice & Piano @ Zankel
2:00pm – The Feminist Monologues @ Wilson
7:00pm – Senior Recital: Ian Bakerman, Jazz @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Hotel Anello (ft. Jonathan Lee-Rey) @ Falstaff’s

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

Weekend Distractions CXXXIII

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

THURSDAY:
7:00pm – String Faculty Concert @ Zankel
7:00pm – ArtWork: Careers in the Visual Arts @ Tang
8:00pm – Film Screening: Walkout @ Library Viewing Room
8:00pm – Lux Deluxe & Salmon of Knowledge Live @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Sex Mythbusters: What You Didn’t Learn in High School @ Ladd 206

FRIDAY:
3:30pm – Ad-Libs Improv Auditions @ JKB Theater
6:00pm – Shared Spaces Opening @ Spring Street Gallery
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad @ JKB
8:00pm – Jan Vinci & Reiko Uchid Performance @ Zankel
8:15pm – Film Screening: Dear White People @ Gannett

SATURDAY:
6:00pm – Film Screening: Pretty Faces @ Davis
7:30pm – Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Union @ Vernon Arena
8:00pm – The Genki Spark Performance @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad @ JKB
9:30pm – Ad-Libs Newbie Show @ Wiecking Basement
10:30pm – The Sketchies “Sweet Sixteen” Alumni Show @ Gannett

SUNDAY:
2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad @ JKB
8:00pm – Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty Quintet @ Zankel

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

A Conversation with the 2015 ComFest Producers

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
Adam Fisher-Cox and Becca Baruc.

Adam Fisher-Cox and Becca Baruc.

I had a chance to sit down with Becca Baruc ’15 and Adam Fisher-Cox ’15–co-producers for this year’s National College Comedy Festival and members of the Ad-Libs–to discuss the process for organizing the festival, their favorite ComFest moments, and what to expect from this year’s ComFest. They’re swell folks, and we had a great conversation, so check it out below. And be sure to get your tickets tomorrow at 10am in Case. Facebook event can be found here. And check out our write-up for this year’s professional groups here Click to continue »

Headliners Announced for 2015 National College Comedy Festival

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
You want it, you got it.

No Dane Cook, but I’ll probably go anyway.

The hype is over, or maybe it’s just beginning. The professional headliners for this year’s National College Comedy Festival have been announced, and boy is it gonna be a steamy one.

In case you didn’t know (I didn’t), comedy has this whole “scene” to it, like music and film and shit. There’s a layered culture surrounding it: you have your popular mainstream stuff, you have your well-but-not-super-well-known comedians, and then you have your up-and-coming comedians. And they have, like, schools you can go to and all that. And ComFest usually does a really solid job of bringing a variety of comedians at different levels of success and popularity–in addition to some great college groups.

So if you’re into comedy (or want/claim to be into it), read on and learn more about this year’s lineup (which should make for one fuck of a show) so you can have one more thing to be pretentious about. Click to continue »

2015 ComFest Headliners To Be Announced This Friday (11/12)

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Ready yourself.

Ready yourself.

That’s right. It’s almost here, lovers of funny. No, not ComFest itself. That’ll be early next semester, which at this point–what with your seemingly insurmountable pile of work that you probably have yet to put a dent in–probably seems like a couple lifetimes away. I’m talking about the announcement for the ComFest headliners!

For those of you who don’t know, the National College Comedy Festival is a huge comedy festival founded and hosted by Skidmore that brings together some of the best college comedy groups from across the country, as well as both established and up-and-coming professional acts. Past ComFest headliners have included the Upright Citizens Brigade, BriTANicKTJ & Dave, Kate Berlant, Rory Scovel, the Improvised Shakespeare Company, Derrick Comedy, and loads of others. Those names might not really mean anything to you, but they’re huge names in the realm of comedy.

The headliners for this year’s ComFest (Feb. 13-14) will be announced via the festival’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. (Wow! So many social media options! Free market! Laissez-faire! USA! We really oughta torturing people for information!) So follow those sites and keep your ears/eyes posted for the announcement and information on the professional acts (they better have some women in there, because this is the 21st century, and we’re all well aware of the fact that women are, in fact, funny).

Tickets for ComFest will go on sale early next semester, so also stay tuned for info on that. A video of last year’s first college show can be viewed below, which also contains a link to the second night.

Last Days of Classes/Study Days/Finals Week Distractions

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

This is it, folks. You’ve been promising your pals that you’d go to their shit all semester, and you’ve been successfully avoided it for the past three months. But it’s time to pay the Pied Piper of Acapella/Comedy/Performance-Club Guilt. And that fucker takes no prisoners. And you definitely don’t have any excuses this time around, because your pal knows you sure as hell weren’t doing work.

It’s also worth noting that attendance at many of these events will likely yield inclusion to an after party or two–which will maximize your opportunity to make moves on that one boy/girl before the semester ends and you go back to your hometown full-to-bursting with the regret that is exclusively tied to missed opportunities. In other words: You’re running out of time, so take a chance, motherfucker.

TUESDAY:
2:00pm – “I Can’t Breathe” Drop-in Session (2:00-7:00) @ ICC
8:00pm – SkidTV 2014 Fall Showcase @ Davis
8:00pm – Ujima Step Show @ Filene

WEDNESDAY:
12:00pm – WIB Pop-Up Shop @ Case
5:30pm – “Hope and Anger: The Civil Rights Movement and Beyond” @ Tang
6:30pm – Awkward Kids Finding Their Voice @ Gannett
7:00pm – The Accents go BROgue (Winter Jam) @ Davis
8:00pm – GUACAPELLA: The Skidmore Dynamics Winter Jam @ Gannett
8:30pm – “The Ad-Libs Save Camp” Improv Big Show @ JKB
9:30pm – Pulse Final Show @ Falstaff’s
10:00pm – The Bandersnatchers Present: Mourning Wood @ Filene

FRIDAY:
8:00pm – “The Houses We Build and Break” @ Falstaff’s

SATURDAY:
3:00pm – “The Houses We Build and Break” @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – “The Houses We Build and Break” @ Falstaff’s

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

Weekend Distractions CXXVII

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

THURSDAY:
6:00pm – Double Drops: Remix Party @ Tang
7:00pm – Cab Troupe: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Filene
7:00pm – Fatal Assistance Film Screening & Director’s Talk @ Davis
8:00pm – Lively Lucy Presents: Kitten Forever & Eskimo Sister @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Ad-Libs & Drastics In the Dark @ Gannett
8:00pm – Harvest Festival @ Case Green

FRIDAY:
5:30pm – Lecture: Todd Miller, Author of Border Patrol Nation @ Davis
7:00pm – Cab Troupe: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Filene
8:00pm – Lively Lucy’s Presents: Psymon Spine & Zula @ Falstaff’s
8:30pm – Skidmore Halfbreds vs. Le Moyne @ Ice Rink

SATURDAY:
1:00pm – LL Championship: Field Hockey vs. William Smith @ Wagner Park
6:00pm – ACA’s 3rd Annual Cultural Night Market @ Case 1st Floor
7:00pm – Cab Troupe: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Filene
8:00pm – Skidmore Orchestra Performance @ Zankel
10:05pm – Spectrum: Inferno @ Falstaff’s
11:00pm – Skidomedy Presents: Definitive Evidence of a Loving God @ Gannett

Missing something? Let us know in the comments!