On Friday, Feb. 25, 16 Living Learning Community residents were given the opportunity to spend a night at SAK Comedy Club for free.
The night was hosted by Stephen Kadwell, while the other six performers broke into two teams in a style similar to RIP Tag with Jay Hopkis, John Hunter, and Chase Padgett on one team, and Greg Yates, Sarah Hanchar, and Rollins’ own David Charles (Dr. D) on the other team.
The two teams rotated playing different games throughout the night. The evening was highly entertaining, often with some of the best jokes coming from the audience.
One of the more priceless moments of the evening occurred when a young girl toward the back of the audience was asked to name a song she listens to for a game entitled, “Children’s Song.” She eagerly answered “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. Hopkis, Hunter and Padgett performed versions of the song amazingly well in three unique forms: country, normal children’s song, and 80’s rock (Journey-esque).
Later on, the audience once again created a few laughs when Charles asked for the names of countries that did not speak English for a game called “Jibberish,” and he immediately received two answers – Australia and England.
Other games kept the night moving, with great performances by Yates, Hanchar, and Charles during “Blind Typewriter,” where Yates went offstage to narrate a story about jellyfish being acted out by Hanchar and Charles onstage.
Only once did the players lose their amazing streak; during “Alliteration,” Hopkis, Hunter and Padgett seemed to get a little lost in the A’s, G’s, and Qu’s, making it difficult for the audience to remotely understand what the players were saying. While the plot appeared humorous, the complete lack of comprehension caused many audience members to lose interest.
The final game, “International Sign Language,” performed by Hopkis, Hunter and Padgett, truly stole the night. While Hopkis and Hunter discussed psychology in a talk-show manner, Padgett signed every word of the show.
He mimed everything from the Oedipus complex to a child in a straightjacket. His performance was amazing, bringing most of the audience members to tears because they were laughing so hard.
SAK Comedy Club performs at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for students to general shows and $7 for the 11:30 p.m. Saturday night show. Charles teaches an improv class on campus, and their group, the Rollins Improv Players, can be seen performing similar shows for free in the Fred Stone Theatre.