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    Comedy king crowned at stand-up event

    Angeline Carbajal

    Communication senior Mike Mazzella performs standup comedy in Gallagher Theater in the Last Comic Standing competition on Tuesday night. This was Mazzella’s first standup performance, but he has been doing improv since high school.

    Those in need of a good laugh while sampling the talents of UA’s own student comedians were treated at the Last Comic Standing event Tuesday night.

    Though this is the first year the event has taken place, Courtney Talak, hiring and retention coordinator for the Student Union Memorial Center and a Daily Wildcat photographer, said that should all go well, the comedy competition will hopefully turn into a yearly thing. The plans for Last Comic Standing began last semester when scheduling the events for this semester were underway.

    “We were throwing ideas around and we were like, ‘Hey, we’ve never done a comedy event before; we should totally do a comedy event,’” Talak said.

    The event began with introductions of the comedians followed by introducing the host, Arvin Mitchell. Mitchell opened up the show joking about the stage lighting, saying that it felt like he was a rotisserie chicken being cooked under the dull orange lights.

    Mitchell said he came to campus despite having a back injury after catching someone as they fell. According to Mitchell, the woman he caught was “way out if [his] weight class,” garnering laughs from the audience.

    Mitchell’s routine for the rest of the night varied from stories discussing the differences between Canadian and U.S. celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas to tales of a girlfriend putting glue in her boyfriend’s contact lenses. Mitchell said the couple is still together. Forgive and forget?

    Student contestant Zackry Colston, a theatre junior, joked about a car ride with a friend while the radio was on. It so happened Bruno Mars, came on and his female friend praised Mars’ musical ability.

    “[Mars] plays an instrument and sings,” was her evidence.

    Suffice it to say the laughs in the audience proved many agreed with Colston on the statement’s silliness.

    Bioengineering senior Mary Coffelt managed to get a dig in at Justin Bieber in recent news regrading how much his body was photoshopped in an underwear photoshoot.

    Mike Mazzella, a communication senior, followed with a remark that what you see isn’t always what you get. 

    After an hour-and-a-half of jokes and laughter, the time came to pick the winner, who ended up being Mazzella. The winner won a guest spot in one of Laffs Comedy Caffe’s professional weekend shows.

    For those who didn’t already have a stitch in their side from laughing too hard throughout the evening, The Charles Darwin Experience followed for more fun at 10 p.m.


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