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CAB presents comedian Samuel Comroe

By Rachel Badr and Times Staff Wrtier

Straight from California and late to his own show due to flight delays, comedian Samuel Comroe was still able to do what he does best after a long day of travel— create laughter among his audience based on his life events.

The KIVA was filled with students anticipating Comroe, who has been featured on Conan and Comedy Central, as the Campus Activities Board made his presence possible from 8 – 10 p.m. on Feb. 5.

Performing since age 17, Comroe has performed at many comedy clubs and is currently touring, performing at universities around the country. With a busy schedule, Comroe is often on the road.

“The next couple of months are going to be crazy when it comes to travel. I think I am home once in the month of March,” Comroe said. “I think this is the first of a two week run. So, it’s a lot but it’s fun.”

Comroe had the audience laughing from the moment he came out from behind the curtains within seconds of arriving to the university. Opening the show, Comroe painted a vivid picture for the audience of his long day of traveling. From his plane breaking down to a sketchy hotel shuttle, Comroe had the audience laughing from the very beginning.

Comroe was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at a young age, basing his show on his life happenings with the disorder. By creating jokes based on his disorder, he was able to bring light to the situation and show the audience that he was not any different than them—other than the fact that his haircuts were life or death situations.

“I consider myself to be a comedian with Tourette’s syndrome, not a Tourette’s syndrome comedian,” Comroe said.

As he progressed through the show, the audience became more engaged as he began to do more improvisation. Through improvisation, Comroe gained even more of the audience’s attention as his jokes being said were based on their responses.

Katelyn Steward, a sophomore human biology major, was one of the many students who engaged in conversation with Comroe throughout the show, prompting many of his jokes.

“I thought he was going to be cocky at first, but then he ended up being hilarious. He put up with my rude, sly remarks. It was funny, he was really funny,” Steward said. “I think they [CAB] should bring in more comedians like Sam, he was literally hilarious.”

At the end of the show, Comroe opened up the floor to the audience, allowing them to ask any questions they wanted and he would answer. Many of the questions involved scenarios regarding Tourette’s syndrome, but there were also many other questions being asked. Students were shy at first, but once the first question was asked, suddenly there were rows of hands raised waiting their turn to be called on.

After the show, students crowded in the lobby, anxious to take pictures and speak with Comroe.

After the show, Comroe came up to the Michigan Times office for an interview.

To listen to the interview, visit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e61Qcd9CgkM.

Follow Samuel Comroe on Twitter @SamuelJComroe

Rachel can be reached at rbadr@umflint.edu

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