College Humor Live to bring laughs to Schine Auditorium

Comedians from CollegeHumor will be bringing laughs to the Syracuse University campus this Wednesday, in a show hosted by University Union.

The act will feature Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, from the web series “Jake and Amir;” Streeter Seidell, the editor-at-large of CollegeHumor and SU alumnus Dan Gurewitch.

SU will be the only campus stop on the CollegeHumor Live tour, Hurwitz said.

Hurwitz and Blumenfeld joked about their first visit to the snow covered campus, saying they would be bringing “bathing suits and tank tops” for the spectacular weather at SU.

“It’s going to be funny, everybody’s going to have a good time and we hope we can get as many people there as possible — the more the merrier,” Blumenfeld said.

He added that people should go to the comedy show on Wednesday instead of the Syracuse Orange vs. Boston College Eagles game at the Carrier Dome, because “it’s funnier than a basketball game.”

The show will be similar to the Jake and Amir videos, CollegeHumor’s longest running series which won a Webby Award for Best Comedy in 2010. In the videos, Hurwitz usually plays the straight-man persona as a foil to Blumenfeld’s over-the-top, hilariously clueless character.

Hurwitz said after the show, he plans on heading to Chuck’s Cafe, calling it a “famous bar in Syracuse.”

“I am going to get sh*tfaced at Chuck’s,” he said with a laugh. “I’m going to upchuck at Chuck’s.”

Seidell, the editor-at-large of CollegeHumor, will have a 30-minute stand-up routine at the show. Seidell has previously been featured on MTV, Fuse, Jimmy Kimmel Live and VH1 for his comedy. His work has also been published in The New York Times, Wired magazine and Mental Floss magazine.

The CollegeHumor comedy group was the highest demanded act from UU’s survey, beating out Comedy Central and the Onion, said Chloe Quackenbush, the co-director of performing arts.

“We felt the CollegeHumor cast appealed most to the demographic of college students,” she said. “I think the type of comedy that they do, our generation just gets more. They’re closer to us in age, where the things that they talk about are pretty relevant to the everyday life of an average college student.”

Quackenbush said she was a fan of Jake and Amir herself, and owns a T-shirt with the phrase “Oh Sheesh Y’all, ‘Twas a Dream,” a reference to a catchphrase from the videos.

She added that she’s been a fan of CollegeHumor since she was in high school, and would check both the website and the YouTube account frequently.

The show starts at 8 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium on Wednesday. Tickets are still available for all SU students, staff and faculty for $5.

Hurwitz, after hearing SU is the number five party school in the country, said he was excited to visit the campus.

Said Hurwitz: “Well, we’re the top two party people in all of America.”


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