Students waited in line as early as 7 p.m. to see comedians Nicole Byer, Jermaine Fowler and Kevin Barnett from MTV’s “Girl Code” and “Guy Code” in action.
Over 500 students came to the overcrowded Chamberlain Student Center Pit with some viewing the show from the third floor.
Comedian Anthony DeVito, who appears on MTV as well, opened the March 29 event at Rowan After Hours. After warming the audience up, he introduced Byer, who has appeared on shows such as “30 Rock” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
During her performance, Byer had the audience laughing from start to finish during her set, which included voice-overs of McDonald’s commercials that made fun of herself.
“I sound like a sassy man or a basic white girl,” Byer said.
Byer enjoys the freedom MTV gives her during “Girl Code.”
“I like when they just let me talk,” Byer said. “That makes me feel good.”
During Barnett’s part of the show, he entertained the audience with topics such as relationships, crazy shows he’s performed and making fun of how white people curse.
Barnett asked freshman undeclared major Stephanie Netelkos how many times a day she says the “N word.” When Netelkos responded with “zero,” Barnett brought her up on stage to say the “N word” into the microphone, to Netelkos’s surprise.
“I don’t curse at all,” Netelkos said. “I was confused and I didn’t think [Barnett] would actually ask me that.”
He also asked the audience what Rowan is known for. When one audience member shouted “engineering,” Barnett had a quick comeback.
“Ya’ll must be f*cking nerds, man,” Barnett said.
Fowler, who has appeared in shows such as “Homo Thugs” with Barnett and “Friends of the People,” came on stage with his hyena-like laugh. Fowler joked about topics ranging from twins to famous people from Rowan. He shared that when his twin brother Jerome went to jail, he was annoyed being mistaken for him.
“[Someone says] ‘Ay, what’s up, Jerome, gimme your money,” Fowler said. “[Then, I say] ‘Uh, I’m not Jerome, I’m his brother Jermaine.'”
In addition to a question and answer session at the end of the show, the first 50 people to get in line got the chance to meet the comedians. Freshman accounting major Sam Lopez was excited to get a picture with them and even got them to sign his backpack.
“Waiting in line for two hours [to get into the show] was well worth the two minutes I was able to meet them,” Lopez said.
Sarah Olsen, a graduate coordinator for the Office of Student Activities, enjoyed the event and student reactions.
“The event went extremely well,” Olsen said. “It had a great response from students both in attendance and laughter. I was happy to see so many students engaged from start to finish of the event. It was close to a two-hour event so that means a lot.”
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