Media Credit: SARA FRIESZ
Comedian and musician
Evan Wecksell performs in the University Center Sunnen
Lounge on Thursday, Jan. 29 after a two-day snow delay.
Wecksell performed jokes not just about pop culture -
including Miley Cyrus - but about things specific to
Webster University - including parking and the
"I could do a whole hour on how
you guys are called the Gorloks," said comedian and musician Evan
Wecksell to an audience of Webster University students and staff
on Jan. 29. "It sounds like something out of a 'Lord of the Rings'
The hour-long performance, which was originally scheduled for Jan.
27 but was postponed due to inclement weather, featured not only
Wecksell's routine material, but also quite a bit of original
material aimed at WU.
Wecksell spent Thursday morning walking around WU, visiting with
students and learning about the campus. Despite going to Southern
Illinois University, Edwardsville, the event was cancelled on Jan.
26 because of weather. Some of his jokes focused on WU sports,
parking, extra-curricular groups and, of course, the mascot.
Because he'd spent time with students, his jokes had more of an
inside feel to them, rather than just poking fun at different WU
"I liked the top 10 things about Webster," said Tierra Gray, a
freshman film production major, referring to the list in which
Wecksell cited high points he saw about WU, based on what he
learned from speaking with students.
Among Wecksell's top 10 points were that the art building is now
asbestos free, that if a student finds parking he or she knows it
will be a good day, that if a major gets too hard students can
make up their own and that no one ever knows when a Conservatory
member will burst into song.
Wecksell also created a contest in which four audience members
wrote their own version of a The Journal Misdemeanor and Mishap.
The winning writer was Miranda Donley, an interactive digital
media and dance major, who's blotter involved a boyfriend of one
roommate drinking all of the other roommate's milk. Donley said
she won a free copy of Wecksell's compilation of live and
prerecorded music on CD.
Some of Wecksell's material hit topics such as
Internet addictions and his wife's exes. At one point, an audience
member was asked to read quotes about Miley Cyrus's life while
Wecksell gave the version of his life in comparison to hers. For
instance, Cyrus's quote pointed out that she has been compared to
artists like Hilary Duff. Wecksell's version was that he's been
compared to Screech from "Saved by the Bell."
Brittney Haas, a sophomore advertising major, decided to come to
the event because she had enjoyed when John Oliver, a comedian,
writer and correspondent for the Daily Show, came last year.
"I thought (Wecksell) was way hilarious," Haas said. "My favorite
part was the cougar song."
The "Attack of the Cougar" song, and a few other pieces of routine
material, can be heard at
Wecksell said he enjoyed the show.
"I love my Gorloks," Wecksell said. "They were very receptive,
very playful. I like to improvise and customize my show; I love
when the group gets conversational."