On Friday, March 9, Eagle Entertainment brought John Oliver to EWU with opening act Rory Albanese.
The laughter was definitely needed, especially with the stress and anxiety of finals right around the corner.
Opening act Albanese had a hilarious comedic style, and even though it’s too easy to make fun of Cheney, he did so with originality and charm.
A lot of his jokes were about living in Manhattan, and comparing the East Coast to the West Coast, like how immediately after being here, his lungs couldn’t take the fresh, pure oxygen and he “had to suck off of a tailpipe to feel like he was home.”
He was a hilarious opening act, and a great way to start off the night.
Oliver is a British comedian who also appears on The Daily Show.
Oliver’s jokes were mostly political, but his easy-going appearance and heavy accent made them that much more funny and not pretentious or offensive in the least. One of the more memorable jokes was when he pointed out that anything can be moving when it has inspirational music to accompany it.
He played part of the recent State of the Union address to heavy power ballads. The funniest parts of the show, aside from the rehearsed jokes, were the times that they had to be quick on their feet and take what EWU threw at them.
One of the audience members had an extremely unusual, banshee-like laugh that eclipsed over the entire audience.
At first the high-pitched noise seemed fake or exaggerated, but as the performances moved along, it was more apparent that it was, in fact, a true laugh.
Both of the comedians incorporated it into their jokes with ease, and it showed their ability to improvise when necessary.
It almost seemed that the show would not have been as funny if it weren’t for that person and their idiosyncratic laughter.
During John Oliver’s routine, he thought that one of the students in the front row had fallen asleep.
When he asked if she had and acted insulted, he was informed by a translator that she was actually a Japanese exchange student.
He fell back with embarrassment as the MPR erupted in laughter. As he ended his show, he announced that this gig was “in the Top Three Strangest Gigs Ever.” We, at the very least, have that to be proud of.