Bust a Gut at Comic Sans’ UCB Show

NYU comedy troupe Comic Sans performed at UCB East’s School Drools.

School Drools is a comedy show hosted at Upright Citizen’s Brigade East that features local comedians, most recently one of NYU’s sketch comedy groups, Comic Sans. Last week, Comic Sans brought their signature characters and unique sketch concepts to UCB for a great show.

The show started with a promising performance by comedian Brian Park, who made some funny — if not cliched — quips about being confused with every other Asian guy in the entertainment world. While the rest of his stand up was enjoyable, he fell flat on some of his lines, and tried to generate a response from the audience by repeatedly asking them if it was “lit.”

Afterwards came a set from Bill Stiteler. Raised by a single mother and an adopted gay dad who lived in the attic, Stiteler imitated his father with just the right amount of hilarity and flamboyance, reenacting the time when he smoked Audrey Hepburn style cigarettes at Stiteler’s Little League games. Another comedian, Tony Zaret, also made the crowd laugh with jokes about his experience using Urban Dictionary slang on Yik-Yak.

At last, it was time for Comic Sans. The troupe began with a sketch about the fact that they didn’t have any sketches. The group members stood on stage and told the audience they would be doing a new style of sketch comedy, “improvisational sketch.” Members of Comic Sans sat in the audience and shouted out improv ideas which were funny as one-liners, but not cohesive as a sketch.

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Next, the group brought back an old favorite, Coach Christ. In this sketch, Jesus Christ is the coach of the Crusaders’ basketball team. Filled with funny jokes about walking on water and being “crucified” on the court, this sketch had the audience laughing the whole way through.

The final sketch in the Comic Sans line up was creative and hilarious. It follows a drama troupe reading a script for a play. During the read through, one member, a fan of “Bee Movie” becomes increasingly passionate about representations of I.O.C, insects of color, in the media. The sketch, though unconventional, was whimsical and hysterical and had the audience in fits of laughter. The sketch also featured an appearance from “Macklemore,” who sung a version of “I Can’t Change” tailored to address bee-specific issues. While a bit random, the rap was well executed and funny, and served as a good closing for an overall well done show.

Comic Sans will next perform March 4 at 7:30 pm in the Palladium Multipurpose Room.    

A version of this article appeared in the Feb. 29th print edition. Email Lily Dolin at [email protected]

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