New school comedy troop pushes the limits
October 18, 2008 8:57 PM
When the Drunk Nerds convene for Thanksgiving, sex is a hot dinner topic, grace is a time to give thanks for drugs, and the guests may want to beware of how that turkey was basted.
This fictional family is where SF State’s new Sketch Comedy Club got its start. The satirical group of five have their first live performance Saturday after a string of YouTube.com videos with such titles as “OCD Rap” and “Penis PSA.”
However, one member assures that this performance will be PG-13.
The club, whose brethren hail from SF State’s BECA department, formed this semester as an offshoot of the Drunk Nerds, a comedic troupe that started outside of SF State over two years ago. The Nerds’ founders, Evan Hoovler, 30, and Tulley Rafferty, a 32-year-old “mild-mannered programmer by day,” chose the name Drunk Nerds because it “had that poetic majesty to it. You think of great things when you think of drunk nerds,” said Rafferty. Hoovler, who is in the BECA graduate program, met Kyle Nelson, 24, Annie Gaus, 25, and Lindsey Adams, 24, the latter two also BECA graduate students.
The show is meant to attract potential new members to the project, Hoovler said.
Members should have some acting experience, but really, it doesn’t matter, he said. If they like it, they should join, he said. If they don’t like it, “they can join the club to make funny stuff that doesn’t suck like they saw,” he said. “It's a win-win situation."
Rafferty, Hoovler, Nelson and Erik Braa, 37, a professional voice-over actor, will be performing Saturday as Gaus and Adams act as hostesses with their own act popping up in the mix.
On Saturday, five brand spanking new–and there very well could be spanking–skits will be unleashed, as well as a new video clip. “We have a sketch where this guy has a phone that talks to dead people. George Washington doesn’t have a lot to do in the afterlife,” Rafferty said.
Although the Drunk Nerds are not drunk when making their skits, their minds may still be in the gutter. The Thanksgiving sketch features the Drunk Nerds jousting at each other’s sex lives. In OCD Rap, obsessive-compulsive gangster Rafferty wants to “slap your booty exactly five times.” In “Wii Dong” ... players demonstrate how to use their Wii as, well ... some things are better left unsaid.
This sort of humor comes straight from the pen of Hoovler, who wrote for National Lampoon and even had a book published that’s in SF State’s very own bookstore–“Pimp it Yourself.”
“Evan writes the skits, once it gets going we’ll fine-tune it and make suggestions, but he’s the writer,” said Nelson.
Therefore, their humor runs in the same vein as Kids in the Hall in the '90s or the Whitest Kids You Know, a college sketch comedy troupe that recently gained attention, something the Drunk Nerds are striving for with their routines.
"We weren’t getting anywhere,” said Nelson, calling the performance a “new avenue to gain experience."
“It’s going to be hilarious,” Rafferty said. “We will not be ejecting anyone for drunken or unruly behavior. In fact we encourage it.”
The Sketch Comedy Club will be performing Oct. 25 in Burk Hall.
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