The quarter is coming to an end and the stress is building as final exams and due dates for projects are becoming a reality. Tuesday, November 14, at one p.m. there will be a comedian in Showalter auditorium.
Jeff Charlebois will be in from Los Angeles for our entertainment. When asked about his favorite comedic themes Charlebois said that he likes to joke about dating, and he also likes to do impressions, which range from actors to cartoon characters. His voice then deepened and took on a shaky, beer drunken quality as he said, “Hey I get no respect being in a wheelchair. I’m always being pushed around.” I swore it was Dangerfield himself.
Charlebois has been a comedian for sixteen years. He got his start while attending college in Indiana. After he finished his degree he started doing stand-up, or as he likes to say, sit-down comedy. Comedy is not his only line of work, though.
Charlebois is also a writer. He has written seven screenplays and many sitcoms. He is also trying to break into the acting scene. “Its about time that a sitcom has a lead character that is disabled.” Currently he has a book out called Medical Secrets Revealed,
which is a hospital humor book, and a sitcom under review at NBC. Charlebois is also a writer for the magazine called Ability.
I asked Charlebois about who some of his favorite comedians were and what some of his favorite sitcoms were. He listed David Letterman, Gary Shandling, Bill Cosby, and Robin Williams as his favorite comedians and The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Fraser as his favorite shows. A good list, I think, and it also seems to complement the description he gave of his style of comedy.
Charlebois said that he thought the problem with comedy and sitcoms today lies in the writing. I gathered from what he said that he thought a lot of comedic writing lacks sophistication and true wit and relies more on other tactics, like the overuse of cursing. Although he said he wasn’t opposed to cursing if it added to the joke.
Once again, Charlebois will be here, November 14, at one p.m., in Showalter auditorium. He told me that big audiences make for the best performances and that he doesn’t care who comes or if they throw things at him, as long as it’s tens and twenties. Right.