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Comedy a cure for quarter blues

May 8, 2014

 

Comedian Mark Normand performed to a crowd of students on April 29. – Photo by Devin Dronett

Comedian Mark Normand performed to a crowd of students on April 29. – Photo by Devin Dronett



CODY “TICK” MCELROY
Staff Reporter

A room of students and hearty laughter filled Louisiana Tech University’s Tonk April 29, as the audience were treated to an hour-long comedy show.

Union Board booked comedian Mark Normand from New York for a show, one of 15 events the Union Board put on for Tech students this year, including Spring Fling and Tech the Halls.

Chance Salter, special events committee head, said he saw Normand perform during a National Association for Campus Activities trip. NACA puts on conferences where activity boards from around the country meet to watch different acts and trade ideas.

“The special events committee decided to book him because he was relatively inexpensive for how good he was and the credentials he had,” Salter said.

Normand has been featured on TBS’s “Conan,” Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” and MTVX’s “Inside Joke.” He was also on Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch for the 2011 New York Comedy Festival and Esquire’s “Best New Comedians 2012.”

Salter said Normand’s accolades made him extremely attractive to the Tech delegation at NACA.

“We provide these events to the students just to give them a reason to get away from the daily grind of school and get out and enjoy themselves,” Salter said.

“Laughter is very important to me. It’s great to see students come to the comedy shows and have a good time.”

Salter said the committee will book comedians in the future, because students seem to enjoy them and this event, along with comedians in the past, have been successful.

“In my opinion, the crowd reaction was very good,” Salter said. “Mark getting the crowd involved and referring to recent events at Tech kind of amped it up.”

Normand made a reference about the neighboring University of Louisiana at Monroe “Warthogs” having something to do with Tech XX’s passing away.

Normand was born and raised in New Orleans and said his journey to become a comedian started while at Louisiana State University.

“I was miserable,” Normand said.

He said a friend suggested he try standup comedy, but he was too nervous at first.

With some helpful encouragement from a friend, he decided to give it a try.

“I got hammered and just did it,” Normand said.

Normand said he moved to New York soon after and supported himself with odd jobs until his comedy career began to take off.

“It’s my dream,” Normand said.  “I’m living my dream, and it pays the bills.”

Normand also has two comedy shows in New York and runs two podcasts which can be accessed through his website.

Bradi Kegley, a freshman speech pathology major, said she found out about the event that morning from an email sent out by Union Board, and she brought some of her friends.

“I had a little free time, and there was this. It’s a distraction,” Kegley said.  “I was laughing the whole time.”

Union Board will host its last event of the school year, TechFest, Friday in Centennial Plaza. They will partner with KLPI to bring a diverse lineup of musicians, culminating with rapper Ace Hood. Admission is free, and T-shirts will be available for $10.

 

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