SUAB held the first of its “Spring Weekend” events, “An Evening of Girl Code + Guy Code” in the Dwight Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 12.
Three comedians from the popular MTV shows “Guy Code” and “Girl Code” each performed a half-hour stand-up routine.
The doors opened 45 minutes before the show started. In came a rush of students, many of whom were lined up in the hallways of Dwight. The audience of about 250 students and faculty murmured about their favorite episodes of the television shows while flaunting their free T-shirts.
The first comic to perform was Matt Broussard, creator of mondaypunday.com, a site to which he posts weekly illustrated puns.
Broussard was dressed strikingly collegiately and introduced himself as “the guy from ‘Guy Code’ you probably don’t recognize.” As one could probably guess, his main focuses were puns and self-deprecation.
The crowd received him very well as he got some big laughs from his stories about doing shows at colleges, what it’s like to live in “the gayest city in the country,” his hobby of making hand-made anime figures and his theory that rappers are secret geniuses.
After his routine, he showed the audience a few of his illustrations from mondaypunday.com, having them yell out the answer when they figured the riddles out. This is where Broussard’s performance really shined. The audience roared with laughter as members yelled out things like “stool sample” and “USB port” – maybe you had to be there for that one.
Broussard’s performance was the favorite of sophomore Valerie Paradise. She found “his extensive collection of anime figures [to be] charming,” something with which the women in his life apparently disagreed.
Next was Chris DiStefano, whose accent was so strong the audience could clearly tell he was from Brooklyn even before he mentioned it.
DiStefano was the favorite of sophomore Juliana Naso. “I got his sense of humor,” she said, but the main reason for her adoration towards him was “because he’s cute.”
DiStefano started off by claiming Framingham State was haunted by a ghost that he named “Framingham State Fred” before talking about his fear of nature (the “wildlife” of FSU didn’t help with that), his experience with anxiety and ADHD and his father’s “type 12 diabetes.”
While DiStefano did have a routine planned out, he often strayed from it to talk about FSU’s campus and to chit-chat to a few members of the audience. Once group of audience members bonded with him for a few minutes over his Puerto Rican wife. A few times throughout his set, DiStefano mentioned how one show-goer had a “really nice laugh.” He also picked on a set of three sisters, one of whom was a high school student.
Halle Coots, a sophomore and fan of MTV’s “Girl Code” was excited to see the next performer, Carly Aquilino because of her ability to “laugh at herself.” At 25, Aquilino was the youngest of the bunch. And given that the audience was dominantly female, she was also the most relatable. By far, Aquilino received the biggest laughs of the night.
She led by comparing Framingham State to Hogwarts, following by telling the audience about her developing drinking problem and her attempts to quit. Out of the three routines, Aquilino’s was the most personal.
One of the crowd’s greatest reactions came when the audience responded to the question, “do you guys like your friends?” with silence.
Aquilino went on to discuss the differences between “hey, heyy and heyyy,” jealousy and inconvenient asthma attacks.
She signed off by halfheartedly telling the audience “don’t drink,” advice that they’re sure to take to heart.