“Funny or Die” comedian performs at FSU

By Emily Robinson

Editorial Staff

By Tess Jillson

Staff Writer

Standup comic Eliza Skinner performed her usual routine in DPAC on Saturday, Sept. 24, as part of Homecoming Weekend.

Skinner is best known for her comedic “Funny or Die” videos, one even catching the attention of President Barack Obama. She wrote for the show “Totally Biased,” produced by Chris Rock, which is about politics, pop culture, race and media. Skinner has also written jokes for “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” and appeared on “Chelsea Lately,” BBC, MTV, and other popular TV shows and networks.

Skinner said she started her career with college improv, adding that after college, she performed sketches and toured.

During the performance, she joked about dating, college and animals. Skinner entertained the audience with tales about her dating life, saying how awkward some encounters were – her dates always seemed to bring up the question, “What superpower would you want to have?”

She joked about having the ability to understand animals, saying it would be cool, but also explained that animals would only say negative things about people.

For example, said Skinner, if one were to walk by a dog, the dog may say to them, “I can smell your pussy. You’ve been jogging.”

Skinner went on to make fun of “cat and dog people” and how they treat their pets like royalty, some feeding their animals off the same spoons they use.

According to Will Reddy, project coordinator for SILD, Skinner was asked to keep the performance PG-13.

Skinner ended her set abruptly after joking about her cat’s sexual attraction to a stuffed animal.

Her comedic style was dependent on exaggerated gestures to emphasize her anecdotal jokes.

Sophomore Dale Chace said, “It was awkward at some points. I’m lost at the ending.”

According to Reddy, Skinner has extensive experience performing at universities and typically gets great reviews.

Reddy said, “I don’t think we saw her best … but she really is talented.”

Claire Ostrander, director of SILD, said Skinner’s performance was “hard to listen to,” and described the performance as “disappointing.”

Sophomore Morgan Moquin said, “She looked like she was kind of preoccupied with things. She kept looking at her phone, but she wasn’t terrible.”