Nothing off limits for comedian Michael Blaustein’s UConn show
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 00:10
Comedians Kase Raso and Michael Blaustein humored UConn students with teenage stories and drinking jokes alike at the Student Union Theater on Thursday night. Their performance was the fourth of the biweekly Comedy Series Thursday nights at 7 hosted by SUBOG.
Raso, the opening act of the night, is an NYC-native and comedian who produces the consistently sold out White Lies comedy show. He recently just traveled around the country for Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Secret Tour, where he showed off his love for improvisational-style comedy.
Following him was D.C.-native Blaustien, who moved to New York to chase his love of acting, but eventually got caught up in comedy. He has since been on the College Humor Comedy Tour as well as Comedy Central’s on-campus tour traveling across the nation. Last year, he was even a cast member in the revamped popular MTV show Punk’d last year, working with celebrities Miley Cyrus and Lucy Hale.
Although Raso and Blaustein were 30 minutes late due to car troubles, they both came up confident with energy, encouraging audience members to get involved in the conversation.
Raso’s opening line, “Is this a dry campus?” made fun of UConn’s reputation as a drinking school and got students pretending that their own drinks were vodka. He then asked students what their own favorite part of drinking was and eventually answered the question himself stating, “I think the worst part about drinking is when you’re sober, when everybody else but you is drinking.”
Following Raso, Blaustein came out confident with a lot of energy and explained how awful all of his driving experiences, including the one he just went through before he arrived, had been.
“I just drove in a rental car and it broke down. How does that even happen? I get such road rage. I have to play really soft music so I don’t kill your family.”
Having been in an accident before with a British man, he spoke of the cultural differences he saw between the two countries, even how the elevators are different.
“In London, the elevators only have open buttons,” he said. “But in America…in America, we need that door close button. We don’t want anyone with the elevator with us.”
Sticking with the traveling trend, he asked if anyone in the audience was born from outside the United States. He then explained to an Australian student why the United States is the best country in the world.
“It’s not because were number one, it’s because we’re the ones with the most confidence…and the most guns.”
He then went on to explain all of his wild experiences in high school, including a run in with Carmelo Anthony when he dreamed of being an NBA star and the time he got robbed at gunpoint when he sold weed in high school.
As the show came to an end, Blaustein told the audience that things were about to get a little weird as he talked about sex and bad relationships.
His previous relationship, which lasted three years, recently ended due to the fact that he believed his girlfriend didn’t love him as much as he loved her.
“I bought her a puppy for our anniversary…and she bought me a scarf. A scarf. What am I, a gay French coffee owner? A pilot in the 20s?”
Although freshman Sydney Jackson thought his experience about love had been depressing, she still found other parts of his performance humorous including his bit about stealing money from a children’s charity box and his experience of flying business class to England.
Lisette Espinal described the performance as being “inner city humor” and sated that she really enjoyed the performance.
The Comedy Committee of SUBOG will hold its final comedy show in the comedy series on Nov. 2.