The Bowen-Thompson Student Union was filled with laughter and excitement as comedian Pete Holmes cracked jokes about Bowling Green and just about every other topic imaginable Thursday night.
The event was put on by the University Activities Organization (UAO) and was open to the public. The comedy act primarily attracted students, and included several comedic acts including renowned comedian Brent Sullivan and University student Callie Inkrott.
Holmes was able to keep his act appropriate, while still having a healthy disregard for the “PG Standard”.
“They told me to be PG 13, but the students never want it,” said Holmes. “I’m not a dirty comedian, but I like to swear.”
Holmes particularly enjoys touring at colleges across America. He has been to hundreds of colleges, particularly in the Midwest.
“I do a lot of colleges, I love performing for young people," he said. "They have hope and wonder in their eyes and hearts. People need to laugh all the time. I can’t speak for everybody, but for a lot of us, I think we need to laugh more than ever right now.”
Opening for Holmes was comedian Brent Sullivan. Sullivan is a 25 year-old comedian based out of New York City. Sullivan has appeared on Conan and Live with Jimmy Kimmel.
Sullivan’s act was engaging and brought tears of laughter to the audience. Specifically, the crowd enjoyed how Sullivan described his last week as a heterosexual male.
The act was certainly raunchier than the other performances. Sullivan uses a unique and refreshing approach to take on conventional LGBT issues and brings them to mainstream comedy.
The event started by announcing the winner of the Falcon’s funniest competition. The competition was put on by UAO, and encouraged students to submit videos of their stand up ability. The winner, Callie Inkrott, was given the opportunity to perform an act as a warm up to comedian Brent Sullivan.
Inkrott’s act was a major hit. The crowd, full of University students, cheered on their peer with excitement.
“My comedy style is pretty sarcastic,” said Inkrott. “I like to bring up a lot of issues with our society and put a funny twist to them just so it brings it to peoples attention in a positive light. I’m excited for a new audience. This is a great opportunity to expand to other people who don’t usually get to see the comedy culture at BG.”
Inkrott is a member of two student comedy organizations: “Lady Parts Improv” and “The Plastic Shatners”.
The two runners up in Falcons Funniest competition were Ryan Chernik and Rachel Chestnut
Next week is Falcon Fuse (an improv festival) on campus, put on by the Plastic Shatners. Comedy lovers can check out the act Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m in the BTSU Theater.