Comics get laughs for vulgar look at college life

Comedians Joey Gay and Baron Vaughn offered a humorous and crude look at college life to about 100 Boston University students in the George Sherman Union’s BU Central last night.

Kicking off the latest installment of the Student Activities Office’s Laugh Out Loud Series, 2003 College of Fine Arts graduate Vaughn opened for Last Comic Standing contestant Gay, who also has appeared on Showtime’s The Bad Boys of Comedy.

“They both are really talented,” SAO Activities Assistant Brandon Epstein said. “We only pick people who we hear are great by word of mouth.”

Students responded in uproarious laughs and giggles to the comedians’ vulgar humor and encouragement of college partying.

“You guys are like, ‘I’m missing Grey’s Anatomy for this bulls-t,” Vaughn joked.

Vaughn said in an interview before the show that returning to BU makes him “feel like that guy who shows up to prom 10 years later with a new freshman girl each time.”

“I feel like Screech from Saved by the Bell,” he said.

After Vaughn’s stand-up, he handed the microphone over to Gay, who interacted with the audience throughout his performance.

“There are moments where you guys love me and hate me. You guys are an honest crowd, and I like that,” Gay said in response to the crowd’s hush after one of his cruder jokes. “It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve been seeing another audience, and they like me!”

Gay said he believes his humor relates to college students because he tries to keep whatever he says relevant.

“It may seem a bit rebellious, which young people tune into,” he said in an interview before the show.

Gay said he also has a more serious side and feels more passionate about drama, having appeared in Law ‘ Order: Special Victims Unit and Deadline.

“It’s the great job to be on the set and to be with other actors,” he said. “It’s a solo . . . and artistic pursuit.”

Epstein said BU Central sees mixed reactions to comedians’ sets, especially those that have extreme content.

“It’s always interesting to see how the audience will respond to a more vulgar set,” the School of Management sophomore said. “But hey, it’s college.”

The LOL series is always a success, pulling in large amounts of students, according to BU Central Undergraduate Programming Assistant Allie Flauter. In the past, more than 200 people have turned out for comedy events.

“We usually have really big numbers,” the College of Communication senior said. “[The shows] do pretty well, pretty consistently.”

School of Education freshman Paul Fournier said he could relate to the comics.

“They talked about what they did in college,” he said, “not the class stuff, but more how they lived the college life.”

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