Coug comedians crack up crowd at SEB’s ‘Last Coug Standing’

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Stubblefields’ Six Pack Laughs member Kelsey Cook won the competition and a $50 gift card.

By Andrew Marron

Student comedians threw down on the stage of the Compton Union Building (CUB) Auditorium last night to see who would be the “Last Coug Standing.”

The event, a part of the Student Entertainment Board’s (SEB) Get Involved Week, pitted five student against each other in a standup stand-off.

First up was Quinn Hatch, a second-year theater graduate student. Hatch, like most of the evening’s entertainers, was no stranger to stand-up.

“I was taking improv classes in Vegas when one of the instructors suggested I take a stand-up class,” he said. “I’ve been doing it on and off for about two years now.” Hatch regaled the audience with stories of ex-girlfriends, and had a talent for recognizing the differences between pets and children.

“If you took your child to get their shots and then got them spayed or neutered you would go to jail,” he said. “Though that’s not to say that some people shouldn’t be spayed or neutered.” Next up was Devon Hernandez, a freshman sports management major. Even though he was still new to the comedy scene, Hernandez garnered some attention from the crowd.

“I did an open mic night in Seattle two weeks ago, but this is my first competition,” he said. “I had a little more time to prepare for the last one, but I have more new material this time.” The next three comics up to bat were Evan Shelton, Kelsey Cook and Mike Keown. All three drew big laughs from the audience.

Shelton, Cook and Keown are members of a comedy troupe called Six Pack Laughs that performs Tuesday nights at Stubblefields. All three made it through to the second and final round of the competition.

Taking the stage first in the second round, Shelton had a brief altercation with a stool before telling the assembly all about his aging grandparent.

“I’ve been doing standup for about four years,” he said. “I did improv for like a year before I started.” Shelton took a moment to wrestle with the mic stand before forfeiting the stage to Keown, whose expert understanding of race relations provided him with comedic fodder. Keown got his start at Stubblefields when Cook asked him to join Six Pack Laughs, he said.

Finally, Cook stepped up to the plate and took a swing at sorority girls and Facebook faux pas.

With that, the scores were tallied and Andy Peters, a professional comedian and host for the event, prepared to announce the victor.

“Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner … its me,” he said. “Just kidding.” Cook walked away from the evening in first place with a $50 gift card.

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