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Twisted’ humorists visit Union

Andy Gottesman / The Lantern

Four stand-up comedians humored an audience of Ohio State students Thursday when the Axe Twisted Humor Tour came to the Ohio Union.

The four comedians that performed were, Chelsea Peretti of “The Smoking Gun Presents,” Donald Glover of NBC’s “Community,” Whitney Cummings of “Chelsea Lately;” and Nick Kroll of HBO’s “The Life & Times of Tim.”

Liz Tripp, chair of the comedy committee of the Ohio Union Activities Board, said students going into the show should expect a lot of really great comedy out of the two-hour show.

Several members of the audience were actively involved in the performances. Three of the comedians spoke to students during their gigs, asking them about their studies, clothing and opinions. These members were also the butt of many jokes.

Peretti opened the performance with jokes focused on an array of topics. Her subjects ranged from hipsters to Tony Danza, and few students were left displeased. She included topics such as student stereotypes that helped her relate to the audience. She even turned some serious subjects into laughter.

Like Peretti, Kroll included several college references, such as fake IDs and drunken nights. A staple in many college students’ lives, Facebook was brought up several times throughout his act. He had the audience applauding when he asked if “anyone feels like solving a crime reading Facebook statuses.”

An extensive cat portrayal accompanied with feline jokes performed by Kroll was the funniest part of the performance for Brandon Moss, a second-year graduate student in city regional planning.

Cummings referenced “Twilight” and her desire to date a vampire after seeing the film. She was able to get the audience to sing Miley Cyrus’ “Party In the U.S.A.” and get a male student to dance to it.

Being a musician, music was a large theme in Glover’s act. He joked about Destiny’s Child, made fun of himself for listening to his own music and commented on Michael Jackson’s legal issues.

The Axe Twisted Humor Tour was presented by Funny or Die, a comedy website created by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. It visited nine college campuses, finishing the tour at OSU.

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