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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.

 

SEC Presents: Big Show, Fall 2015

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Hannibal Buress Avoiding Eye Contact

Hannibal Buress is performing at SEC Big Show 2015. Happy Monday.

When: October 2nd, Time TBD

Where: Williamson Sports Center, Skidmore College

Will I Actually Have to Spend Money: $5

Every fall semester, SEC hosts ‘Big Show’ in our friendly neighborhood gymnasium (apparently you can watch sport games there too). Big Show is always one of the grander, drunker, and more expensive events on campus, so everyone bitches and moans when it’s not what they want. The last several years have been dominated by music: Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson and Danny Brown, and Mayer Hawthorne were the big performers of the past three years. This fall, SEC is flipping the script and giving us comedy. Ha ha!

The headliner of this year’s Big Show will be Hannibal Buress, whose most recent projects include Broad City, 30 Rock, The Eric Andre Show, and Saturday Night Live for a hot second. In addition, he also had a hell of a standup set where he famously commented on Bill Cosby’s recent infamy. Here he is singing while dressed as Morpheus.

Opening for Buress will be a comedy act that is currently TBD.

Just out of pure curiosity, let us know what you think. We have our opinions over here at Skid Unofficial, but the campus’ are much more important. Please express your pleasure or distaste for SEC – we love your snarky critiques of Campus institutions.

Audience Note: Contrary to what happened at Tig Notaro’s standup set at last year’s ComFest, if a comedian calls you out during a performance it is NOT an invitation to plug your SoundCloud, LinkedIn, or Twitter handle. Spare us all the toe-curling cringe.

Weekend Distractions CXXXVI

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

FRIDAY:
7:00pm – Cabaret Troupe Presents Urinetown @ Filene
7:00pm – Easter Gala @ Wilson
8:00pm – RAICES Arts Festival @ Spa
8:00pm – Senior Dance Capstone @ Dance Theater
10:00pm – Awkward. (AKT Final Show) @ Gannett
10:00pm – “Missy Elliott” ft. Sonneteers & Banders @ Wilson

SATURDAY:
2:00pm – Senior Dance Capstone @ Dance Theater
7:00pm – Cabaret Troupe Presents Urinetown @ Filene
8:00pm – Senior Dance Capstone @ Dance Theater
8:00pm – International Cultural Show: Pangea @ Spa

SUNDAY:
12:00am – Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

Weekend Distractions CXXXIV

Friday, March 6th, 2015

FRIDAY:
11:00am – Student Art Sale @ Case 2nd Floor
4:00pm – Hiko JoTo w/ the Outing Club @ JoTo
6:00pm – Skid Service Celebration @ Spa
7:00pm – Topsy Turvy: A Cabaret @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Rey and Lemay LIVE: Finale @ Gannett
10:00pm – Friday Night Stand-Up @ Spa
11:00pm – Harambe Dance Party @ Falstaff’s

SATURDAY:
2:00pm – Skidprov @ Filene
2:30pm – Film Screening: 22 Jump Street @ Gannett
7:00pm – Circus Fades to Myth @ Filene
8:00pm – SEC Presents: Mr. Twin Sister & Psymon Spine @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – American String Quartet Performance @ Zankel
8:00pm – Get to Freedom Showcase @ Spa
9:00pm – 24-Hour Play Festival @ JKB
10:00pm – Bandersnatchers Reunion @ Filene

SUNDAY:
2:00pm – String Festival Ensemble Conference @ Zankel
5:00pm – Deadline to Vote on New Student Constitution @ The Internet

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

The Sketchies Present: Sweet Sixteen Alumni Show

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Blow out your candle, Sketchies.

Did you know that The Sketchies are 16-years old? I doubt it. But like all 16-year-olds, they want you to know about it. To commemorate the landmark anniversary of the club, they’ll be holding a show tomorrow night in Gannett, featuring performances from current and former Sketchies alike.

You can check out the full list of returning alumni on the Facebook event page. They seem to range from very-recently-graduated to old-enough-that-I-can’t-find-any-mention-of-their-relation-to-Skidmore-on-the-Internet. Sadly, it doesn’t appear that Chris Fleming (who you might have seen on this Super Bowl commercial) will be in attendance. But it’s worth noting that the show will feature Michael Zegen, who you might (or might not) know from The Walking Dead, Rescue Me, or Girls. So that will be pretty cool. Maybe he’ll give you an autograph! (Don’t ask him for an autograph. He’s just a person who wants to live his life.)

Show starts at 10:30pm in Gannett. Maybe go there from the Ad-Libs Newbie Show and make it a night of laughs?

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 »

Op-Ed: On Feel Good Humor, Comedic Responsibility, and ‘The Interview’

Monday, January 5th, 2015

James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview (Yahoo! Images)

Before I begin, let the record state that I’ve enjoyed the Rogen-Franco pairing since its inception on Freaks and Geeks and my thoughts on this movie do not change the fact that I think they’re funny people who know how to make comedy.

Also, this review has spoilers. But it’s a comedy film. You’re only lying to yourself if you say you’re watching it “for the plot.” Click to continue »

Read ‘I’m a Joke’ by Adam Fisher-Cox ’15

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Illustration by Adam Fisher-Cox. Adorable.

Illustration by Adam Fisher-Cox. Adorable.

Visual designer (and ComFest co-producer) Adam Fisher-Cox ’15 has published a picture book he wrote and designed entitled “I’m a Joke” to his website. It’s a picture book about, you guessed it, jokes. A fucking picture book.

Describing the project, Fisher-Cox writes the following: “Completed  as an exercise in digital illustration, ‘I’m a Joke’ takes you on a tour of the world where anthropomorphic jokes live their daily lives, introducing a cast of jokes with an illustration and personal statement from both.” That about sums it up, and it’s just as good–if not better–than it sounds.

I know zero shit about graphic design and digital illustration (are those even the same? I rest my case), but I think this thing is super cool and different from the usual shit you see pedaled on your Facebook feed. Those of you who have listened to countless mixtapes from that one dude from your high school who swears he’ll quit his job at the local pizza place once his rap career takes off definitely know what I’m talking about. It’s filled with subtle, well-written humor, and the illustrations are top-notch (not to mention oh-so-dang cute!).

The book can be viewed here. Feel free to poke around Fisher-Cox’s website and see some of the other work he’s done. Some pretty cool shit on there.

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.