Alum to bring collegiate comedy to
Brown and Brew during show tonight
Tufts alumnus Evan Wecksell (LA ’01) has spent the past month turning
college life into the comedic experience of a lifetime. Hot off the
start of his 13-campus “Helping Hand Tour,” Wecksell will be stopping
by Brown and Brew tonight to give Tufts a taste of his
college-inspired brand of “shallow and pedantic” comedy.
Wecksell has spent his years since graduation building a strong
comedic reputation in New York comedy clubs and on VH1’s “I Love the
80s 3D” and “I Love Toys.” But Wecksell, named one of Hot Comedians of
2009 by “Campus Activities Magazine,” believes college campuses suit
him just as well. “I’m kind of immature in general,” Wecksell said.
“It’s easy for me to slip into the college persona.”
Accordingly, this year Wecksell co-wrote and produced “College The
Musical,” a typical tale of one freshman’s complex and often comedic
adjustments to life, relationships and alcohol. Wecksell, who
specializes in both guitar comedy and stand-up, says tonight’s
performance will include some of his original songs from “College The
Musical” and other material inspired by his experience as a “shy,
acned freshman, living in Hodgdon, and on the internet chronically.”
While on the Tufts cross country team, Wecksell was convinced by his
teammates to rush Theta Chi and now says, “Pledging can be the
greatest semester of your life.” Tufts is the fifth stop on Wecksell’s
“Helping Hand Tour,” named in honor of Theta Chi’s motto.
Tonight’s performance is also sure to include a menagerie of original
songs that Wecksell describes as “totally bizarre.” With storylines
involving kidnapped homeless men, male strippers and horny old women,
it’s no wonder that Wecksell’s work is often compared to that of
legends Adam Sandler and Stephen Lynch.
Tonight’s performance at Brown and Brew begins at 8 p.m. and admission
by Jan McCreary