On October 13th, a full room of high-spirited students listened to a man, wearing a sweater with a penguin in a party hat, crack jokes on the stage of TDU. This penguin-wearing man is comedian Matthew Broussard, hosted by UPB’s Funny Freakin’ Friday.
Broussard’s witty humor and academic background helped him connect with the crowd and cheer up everyone struggling through their midterms. He mentioned later that college students are his favorite audiences to perform for, as he touches on subjects from science and grammar to making jokes about himself.
JMU was lucky to have him last week in the middle of his recent touring. Broussard has been a full-time stand-up comedian for six years, appearing on Conan, Comedy Central, and The Mindy Project while also performing for colleges, comedy clubs, the troops, and festivals. In college he majored in finance, but fell in love with comedy by chance when he was 23.
“I saw a flyer for an open mic and I really enjoyed it,” Broussard said.
During his show, Broussard joked about school, marijuana legalization, gay culture, masculinity, dating, Pokémon Go, birth control, weird medical facts, white privilege, French language, and more. He interacted with the students, asking who was avoiding studying for their midterms, and mentioning that his societal jokes are “only racist if you’re well read.”
Broussard immediately made the crowd laugh when he asked who our mascot was in the beginning. He made fun of how Duke Dog doesn’t really have a name, laughing as he said, “Duke Dog the duke dog.”
“I liked it when he went off his typical script,” said Rachel Carlson, a junior intelligence analysis major, referring to his Duke Dog comment.
Soon after, he was joking about America’s hyper-masculinity and told the story of when he had a conversation with a black man with blue eyes. Eventually he told the man that his eyes were beautiful, to which the man responded, “No, homo, right?” In response to this, Broussard said, “Honestly, some.”
Throughout the show, Broussard poked fun at his own life as he mentioned his middle-school skill level in football, meeting his girlfriend on a “dating app” called Instagram, and recognizing that he comes off as a charming serial killer.
At the end of the show, Broussard involved the audience more when he opened his pun website, mondaypunday.com, on the projector. “You guys like games,” he asked the crowd like a serial killer. The crowd did, in fact,like his pun-guessing games and often got them right very quickly. When the same few people continuously shouted out the answers immediately, Broussard yelled “GAH” in frustration, although he was laughing along andenjoying the crowd’s attitude.
“It was very interactive, which I liked,” Morgan DeLong, a junior psychology and health science double major, said about the pun portion.
DeLong and Carlson, along with the rest of the lively crowd, ate up Broussard’s performance and wanted him to come back another time. Even an hour after the show ended, he was friendly and open to new ideas as he had intellectual conversations with his fans who lined up to meet him. The attending students were very thankful for him, but he also made it clear that he was thankful to all the students who put it together and attended.
Broussard expressed that he loved his show at JMU, saying that college students are fun to perform for because they get his academic humor and he doesn’t have to pretend to be too raunchy or edgy.
As Broussard mentioned at the end of his pun portion, “This is the fastest crowd I’ve ever seen.”