By Gunderson Threeply ROSSE HALL — Last Wednesday,much of the student body crowdedinto Rosse Hall with the expressedintent of seeing Jonathan Franzenspeak about his ction-writing ex-periences. However, one student,with blatant disregard for all theposters around campus announcing“An Evening With Jonathan Fran-zen,” came to Rosse for a decidedlydifferent reason: to see nerd-rockicon Ben Folds.An excited Nanette Bergman ’14told
reporters last weekthat she was “super stoked that BenFolds was coming to campus.” Shesaid, “I just don’t understand whyhe’s coming to town under an as-sumed name, though — it was onthe posters, like James Franco orsomething. Whatever. I just hope heplays ‘Rockin’ the Suburbs’! ”Chelsea Hughes ’14, her room-mate, was one of the many peoplewho attempted to explain to Berg-man that Folds and Franzen werenot, in fact, the same person. “Ileft a copy of
onher bed for literally, like, a week,”Hughes explained. “I pretty muchdid nothing but gush about howawesome
wasfor days on end, just to see if she’dmake any sort of connection.”Lee Reynolds ’12 sat next toBergman at the event, and said,“She just wouldn’t shut up abouthow much she loved Ben Folds. Inally asked her why she thoughtit was so goddamn important that Iknow this fact over and over again,and she looked at me like I’d startedchanting Cantonese and spittingReichsmarks.”Bergman corroborated the story,stating, “this totally clueless guyasks me why I’m talking about BenFolds so much, and I’m like ‘Hel-
,that’s who we’re here to see?’ andthen he’s all, ‘No, we’re here to seeJonston Frazetta or whatever,’ andI’m like ‘could you be any moreclueless?’ I mean, seriously!”As the night wore on, Bergman’sexcitement waned. “So Ben Foldsgets up to the podium, and he juststarts talking. And I gured thatmaybe this was just an introduction,like he’s going to talk about why hewrote ‘Brick’ or covered ‘BitchesAin’t Shit,’ but he doesn’t. He justtalks. For like an hour. About
.It was so boring!”During the Q&A session, Berg-man reportedly asked Franzen whyhe decided to do a non-musical tour,and during the signing she demand-ed that he sign her copy of
Songs for Silverman
. Franzen attemptedto explain that he didn’t know whatshe was talking about, but Bergmanstormed off the stage before any ex-planation could be given.“Overall, it was probably theworst concert I’ve been to in a longtime,” Bergman said after the event.“But I should have known: thoseperforming types are always jerks,walking around with their heads uptheir asses without any regard fortheir fans.”By Charles MosserThis past weekend, Brave Potato Pro-ductions presented an exciting andentertaining evening of one-act playsin the Black Box Theater. The veplays were funny and maybe a littlesad in some parts. The performanceswere delightful and I am sure a fewpeople played their roles especiallywell, bringing real depth to their char-acters. At one point, an actor probablydid something that made the wholeaudience laugh. In a particularly ex-citing moment, an actor paused foremphasis, forcing the audience to re-ally pay attention, a phenomenon thatusually occurs at least once during aplay. I bet the directors made someinteresting choices, and despite someinevitable aws, I am fairly certainthe show was a success.Unfortunately, I was unable to at-tend the Brave Potato One-Act Fes-tival on either of the evenings it waspresented — on Friday, I got caughtup in a pretty heated Foosball game,and Saturday I was baking snicker-doodles in the Mather kitchen. Nev-ertheless, it is my duty as a journalistto provide the public with a critiqueof this show, so I will offer you myimpressions anyway.According to Wikipedia, “A one-act play is a play that has only oneact, as distinct from plays that occurover several acts.” In a play, actorspretending to be people that theyare not (“characters”) and say words(“lines”) to one another in front of an audience. These “lines” are writ-
Brave Potato One-Acts Probably A Smashing Success
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By Diesel Jackson In recognizing the heritage of ourcraft,
continues its re-view of the historical pieces, perfor-mances, and particular
je ne sais quoi
that have left their mark on the canonof world comedy. In this installmentof our ongoing series, we reect backon the postmodern genius offered bythe posters for Kenyon’s stand-upcomedy group Two Drink Minimum.A popular debate in the world of comedy is a classic chicken-and-eggfeud involving TDM and postmod-ern comedy. Which came rst? Inour opinion, it doesn’t quite matter.To say that TDM has left its mark oncontemporary comedy is to say thatMoby Dick annoyed Ahab. Indeed,the largely obscure stand-up comedytroupe has been pushing the limitsof comedy ever since its conception,and the posters pinned up across Ken-yon’s campus advertising their showswere their rst way of reaching out.As comedy continues to becomemore irony and “meta”-centered,TDM’s posters can always be foundat the front lines. An elephant blow-ing water onto a woman. A yellow-n tuna. Belle from
Beauty and the Beast
. Three lamps of varying colors,shapes, and sizes (one unlit). A smil-ing African baby. Seemingly unre-lated and, indeed, un-funny picturestake root in your brain and, like a si-lent and slow-moving cancer, emergelater to infect your body with humor.That the pictures make no senseseems to strike you always at yourmost vulnerable, leaving you speech-less, though not un-convulsing withlaughter.“Literally, absurd,” says RobinWilliams of the posters. “A picture of a math exam with a circled F at thetop. Put me on a stage and I can workwith that for days!”“Inspired,” added Jackie Chan— high praise considering that crit-ics largely agree that TDM’s postershave now passed
onthe list for the world’s funniest com-edy pieces.Chris Rock was not available forcomment at press time; however,sources report that when Rock passeda TDM poster taped to the front doorof a Brooklyn Starbucks he stopped,nodded, and rmly grabbed his crotchbefore moving on.
Despite Setbacks, Two Drink Minimum Posters A Success
An honest mistake.
Student Doesn’t Understand Why Ben Folds Won’t Stop Talking About Books
An actor probably didsomething that made thewhole audience laugh.“Put me on stage and I canwork with that for days!”
“Whatever. I justhope he plays ‘Rock-in’ the Suburbs’ ”!