Samantha Emily Evans reviews St
S(A)NL. It was Saturday and Joe Tantillo hosted live from the Barron Theatre. Both familiar and new faces of the Comedy Society killed it. They promised funnies, and it was indeed funny. It was witty and quick and thoroughly entertaining.
The format of the show was similar to SNL, but with an added stand up section. As a fourth year, it was exciting to see a brand new group of stand up comics – minus Raphael Alexis. Who could forget him, drunk on his birthday last year, performing at the first of Sandy’s Sundown Stand Up? Ellise Gallois was brilliant, and she used her prop, a banana, most effectively. Annie Leverton was also hilarious. Her self-deprecating humor made me a little bit anxious at times, but her confidence was inspiring and her dress was gorgeous. Tom Caruth was on point, recognizing the coolness of OTR and sharing with us the true symbol of St Andrews, two seagulls fighting viciously over hummus and half of a spinach and feta quiche. The last stand up act was Joe Irvine. His Mr. Jesus jokes had me snickering, as well as his greeting cards. He really should print those!
My favorite line of the night: “I drink like a first year still trying to make friend.” – Raphael Alexis.
The sketch acts, the familiar content of an SNL episode, were up to snuff. I had expected the sketch comics to focus on the many quirks of St Andrews, but instead they reflected on the pitfalls of our Tinder and iPhone addicted generation. They were written and performed collaboratively (Louis Catliff, Tiffany Black, Tom Caruth, Jamie Jones, Nishant Raj, Bernie Munroe, Valentine Moscovici, Rosie Beach, Patrick Rowan, Joe Irvine, and Annie Leverton). The highlight sketches of the night were the ‘hippie’ birthing scene where the midwife felt uncomfortable saying ‘vagina’ and ‘penis’, the Tinder update to the story of King Henry the 8th and his many wives, and the interview with a death metal band who are actually quite peaceful people. I wish there had been more sketches about St Andrews specifically, however, I really enjoyed the sketches of the night. The light and sound design were executed well. The performers looked like they were really enjoying themselves and it was contagious. They stayed in character, only occasionally conceding to a giggle.
The Comedy Society has been working hard, and I was really impressed by the performance. It was definitely something new, and I hope they take it even further – maybe even a music act, or by making it even more controversial! It was a truly brilliant idea and I am so excited to see this grow and develop.
Samantha Emily Evans