Comedy club showcases student talents
Student comedians had the chance to unveil their talents and bring the laughs this Monday night in the first-ever Student Showcase Comedy Club.
The Gargoyle show, hosted by Social Programming Board, featured four Washington University undergraduate students and K.A.R.L. improvisation group. The four students were sophomores Rima Parikh and Aparna Sundaram and seniors Clare Mulligan and Marc Bernstein. Performers were selected after participating in an open audition before spring break.
The comedy club idea came to fruition after a recent SPB survey revealed that a majority of students were interested in seeing more student performers. With the student body’s input, SPB Comedy Director and sophomore Maansi Vatsan saw the opportunity to give the community what it wanted.
“SPB’s mission is to provide entertainment for the Wash. U. undergraduate body, and we seek to bring students what they are interested in. I think having a student comedy club is an exciting way for students to get more involved in the Wash. U. community and be a part of the entertainment,” Vatsan said.
The Gargoyle was transformed to provide a comedy club atmosphere with tablecloths and candles along with food and drinks available for students. Admission was free, and all attendees were eligible to win one of six VIP passes to spring comedian John Mulaney’s performance on Wednesday night.
Parikh, Sundaram and Mulligan each performed about 10 minutes of material, after which K.A.R.L performed multiple improv games. At about 7 p.m., Bernstein came on stage and finished the evening with 25 minutes of material in front of nearly 100 students.
The student performers and groups received outstanding applause from the audience. Senior Nelson Gomes expressed his admiration for the performers, congratulating them all on their material.
“Kudos to the performers; it takes a lot to go up and do stand-up. I thought they were great, and despite some nervousness, they pulled through. Overall it was a great experience and something different,” Gomes said.
After the event, Vatsan expressed similar sentiments and said that she felt the event went well.
“I think it was fantastic. All of the students that performed did an amazing job. I’m really proud of the performers for putting on a great show and also of the rest of SPB for helping make it happen. Putting on an event is really a collaborative effort, and everyone’s effort resulted in the show running as smoothly as possible,” Vatsan said.
When asked what plans the Comedy Club has for future events, Vatsan said that there is nothing concrete in the making, but the group is hoping for continued student interest.
“We don’t currently have anything planned, but if students continue to show more interest in student showcase events, it’s definitely something that we’re going to consider organizing again,” Vatsan said.
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