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The Journal  (Webster University) - February 5, 2009
 

Comedian's show focused on WU
By: Sara Andres
 

Issue date: 2/5/09 Section: Lifestyle
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 fraternity.
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 fraternity.

"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' movie."

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 groups.

"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 http://www.myspace.com/EvanWecksell.

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."


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