When Comedians Are Seriously Funny

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Morgan Jay entertains the audience with a hilarious rendition of Closing Time by Semisonic.

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Of all the TNG Seriously Funny Comedy Series events, Friday night’s show featuring the comedic talents of Morgan Jay and Samuel Comroe was by far the best. The comedians were actually funny. This made the audience more appreciative of their time on stage, rather than shows where only a few of the comedians’ jokes had strong punchlines, and the rest of the jokes felt like they were trying too hard to be funny. However, Morgan Jay, who has acted on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and MTV, led off the lively show by performing a musical comedy routine. It was interesting to hear a routine of real-life stories retold into a song. His solo, titled “Dot Dot Dot,” was the evolution of having an argument through text messages, the worst part being the message dots appearing on your iPhone screen then suddenly disappearing. The crowd favorite “Single Now” is the story where you meet someone at a party, the conversation is going smooth, then they crush your spirits with the statement “My boyfriend/girlfriend and I…”. Along with hitting some amazing notes, the end game of the song was depressing. From the moment you both become single, its either twenty years later and you all are getting a divorce, or a couple of months after the honeymoon phase you both want to separate and fight for ownership of the dog. The second act featured Samuel Comroe, who made his TV debut on TBS’ Conan and appeared on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart, was recently featured on All Def Digital’s Comedy Originals and is also the winner of Ricky Gervais’ Comedy Competition. Comroe’s routine discussed his life living with Tourette Syndrome. Tourette syndrome is a condition that causes uncontrolled sudden, repetitive muscle movements and sounds known as tics. Tourette symptoms will usually appear when kids are between five and nine years old. From being told by a random woman in Target that he has Tourette, his comedic journey involved his experiences at a summer camp for children with Tourette and how he meets his future wife during theater. We also pondered over his dislike of pugs, stating how their faces resemble a child’s project created from construction paper and attached with glued-on googly eyes. From an evening with great laughter, the best lesson learned was never to be rude. As Comroe exclaimed, “If I hold the door for you: You better say thank you, or I’ll snatch you up from the neck
and walk in front of you.”