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Comedians Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll and Gerard Carmichael provide stress relief

New students move-in, greeted by campus events, comedy show

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013

Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 18:08

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Colin Harris | The Houstonian

From left: Lauren Pulley, criminal justice freshman; Kimberly Brooks, a biology grad student, and Constance Gabel political science sophomore enjoy blackjack at Casino Night.

Hoards of Sam Houston State University students and faculty lined up around the outside of Johnson Coliseum the evening of Aug 26 as they awaited entrance to the 2013 Kat Comedy Showcase and the main act, Aziz Ansari.

The comedian, known for his roleas Randy in the 2009 dark comedy, Funny People as well as his portrayal of Tom Haverford in CBS's Parks and Recreation was met with throngs of applause from the 3,000 SHSU students and faculty in attendance Monday.

While the general audience was enthralled with Ansari's set, many of his more devoted fans found his performance lacking in his usual cynicism and surrounding a tired topic. Ansari may not have reused a set from any of his specials but instead employed a much more redundant issue in comedy: romance.

Covering everything from text and communication to foreign affairs, he brought a much more sentimental attitude to the showcase than what is usually found in his acts.

Ansari's acts normally include vulgarity, cussing and his cousin Harris.

Opening for Ansari were Nick Kroll of The League and rising comedian Gerard Carmichael.

Carmichael took advantage of Sam Houston State's small town setting and the experience of landing in Huntsville's airport while surrounded by, “Nothing but fields. Just fields. Scary as fuck.”

He had the decency to recognize that while we may lack much in the way of a proper landing strip, “At least we're not Florida.”

Nick Kroll was nothing less than a success causing an uproar as students literally fell over laughing. His tales of inconvenient bowels and what appeared to be furious onstage masturbation had the crowd in tears. It could be said that he, “delivered like fuckin' Papa Johns.”

“I liked Nick Kroll, I think he was the one that hit the hardest, but this was Aziz's bread and butter.” said Student Activities' Program Coordinator and SHSU graduate Steven Begnaud. “Seeing that was just four to five months of work coming together. Its always good to get it out of the way and have a good show where 3000 people show up and laugh for three hours. So I can't complain.”

The Kat Comedy Showcase was just the tip of the iceberg though. Welcome week will carry on until Saturday when the Bearkat Alley Tailgate takes place.

Tuesday, Austin Hall saw hundreds of students gather for Party in the Pit where along with the usual food and music, glow sticks were plentiful.

Casino Night at the Lowman Student Center premiered to dozens of eager students with hopes of winning raffles and play money galore. Games of craps, poker, roulette and slot machines were put on by various student organizations such as SHSU Crew and a number of Greek organizations.

Upcoming events are approaching rapidly as the week comes to an end. Thursday will see the beginning of Unity Fest, an annual event that with the lure of food offers an opportunity for students of all varieties to come together and bond as one community in a safe educational environment.

Later Thursday the Kat Klub will be hosting the Kat's Meow Karaoke for all student s from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Bearkat Picnic will be hosted at Austin Hall and in the Quad starting at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

Welcome week will come to an end following an evening of Bearkat Alley's Tailgate Party. The Party kicks off at 4:30 pm in the North parking lot of Bowers Stadium.

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