We sometimes forget just how talented the people around us are. Thankfully, there are events like Saturday Night Jive to remind us of the serious skills that many of our fellow students possess.
On March 3, at 8 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room, eight acts performed for over two hours, delivering a mostly musical show, MC’d by professional comedian Emily Galati. The musical acts included solos, duets, and trios. There was an amatuer comedy routine thrown into the mix and a magic performance to finish off the night. Additionally, first, second and third places all received cash prices, $400, $250 and $150 respectively.
Those cash prizes were not the only expense in putting the event together.
According to the junior Sean Jablon, the first major undertaking was finding the master of ceremonies (MC), a task that often ends up being more difficult than many might expect, as the person has to be willing to fill the space between acts rather than star the show.
Luckily Galati was up for the task. After finding the MC, the next goal is finding the talent itself. Jablon said, “We had a lot of people audition this year which was a curse and a blessing, unfortunately we had to turn a couple people away.”
The show included Don’t Tell Cole, a group usually known as The Beautiful Girls Club, but without their guitarist Cole, hence the name. According to bassist Derek Hall, the group has been together for a couple years, and they had been practicing for the talent show for the past couple weeks.
Another highlight was sophomore Dylan Chane, who won first place for his two self-written piano pieces.
When asked about the show, audience member Cam Hersey had praise for the show as a whole and said, “It was pretty good… I was surprised, a lot of good participants.”
Another area of praise from some audience members was the host, Gatali. “It was great, it was good. I liked how they had the comedian, It really filled the gaps,” sophomore audience member Alicia Janulewicz said, despite Gatali being a professional comedian, who has appeared on shows such as Conan and Last Comic Standing, occasionally stopping part way into a joke to wonder out loud if she should continue.
This was especially true during the 15 minute intermission where Gatali told jokes about her views on subjects such as politics and dating, including a memorable joke about the perfect online dating profile.
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