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HaHa Hofstra pleases showcase crowd

By Brian O'Connor Assistant Entertainment Editor

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The HaHa Hofstra comedians to the stage again last Friday night. Nick McGee, emcee for the night, opened the show with easy jokes. As McGee spoke, I glanced over to the dim corner where the acts were preparing. The performers all seemed so eclectic and distinct that I wasn’t sure what to expect. But with only a few exceptions, they did not disappoint. When John Thomas took the stage with his fellow “band member,” I was anxious for what was in store. Introducing himself as a spoken word artist, Thomas jumped into eloquent poetry and a continuous reference to a certain “Cassandra.” An interesting act, to say the least, Thomas’s stage presence and creativeness won over many laughs. I was excited to hear from Peter Waters. I initially noticed his uneasy appearance in that corner, anxious to see what effect the stage would have. And as weird as it sounds, from his opening joke about a sandy buttcrack both the crowd and myself fell in love. He went on to describe a past trip to the zoo, which somehow led to self-research of animal feces. His hilarious material, combined with a strong delivery and command of attention, made for an enjoyable performance. And then there was Grant Salgeller. Within seconds of grabbing the mic, Salgeller mentioned 4/20 and its predictable events. From there, he gave us a tasteless joke referencing the Boston tragedy, getting just a single laugh out of it (from himself). He continued with a story of his introduction to swears (which of course was filled with just that); but it was the audacity of his initial joke that took away from everything that followed it. Thankfully the following act, Tyler Krastins, lightened up the mood with arguably the performance of the night. As I was unfamiliar with Krastins, the hefty applause as he stepped on stage got me immediately interested. His hilarious retelling of work as a store clerk provided great entertainment and the audience’s constant laughs at what wasn’t intended to be funny played tribute to his charming stage personality. Overall, the performance was an impressive display of the talent this group possesses. And though they are finished for the year, the group will surely improve and provide an even more entertaining show in the future.

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