Concert Knowledge: 7 things I learned at Bo Burnham’s MAKE HAPPY tour

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Bo Burnham came to Providence Friday night, for the third stop of his Fall 2015 MAKE HAPPY tour. Burnham is a comedian, musician, and writer. Starting out of YouTube at the age 16, Burnham was the youngest comedian to record a Comedy Central special at the age of 18. He’s recorded two hour-long specials since then – Words, Words, Words in 2010 and what. in 2013. Burnham also wrote and starred in the MTV series Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous, is hilarious on Vine, and wrote a bestselling poetry book, EGGHEAD.

Burnham performed Friday night at the gorgeous VETS auditorium, and he killed it. Here are the 7 things I learned at MAKE HAPPY 2015:

1. WolfCop is a must (?) see

Burnham’s opener, Adam Newman from Comedy Central, gave a hilarious raving review/reenactment of WolfCop, a Sharknado-esque 2014 movie on Netflix that’s fairly self-explanatory (read: werewolf and cop). However, as Newmann animatedly described, this werewolf movie is the only one where the protagonist transforms into a werewolf wiener-first. WolfCop (aka Lou Garou) transforms into a werewolf mid-pee, and the transformation is a progression of approximately “wiener to potato to explosion.” My friend and I started watching it after the show, and it’s definitely, as Newman argued, a must see. The Netflix description: “After being transformed into a werewolf, a boozy cop uses his new powers to tangle with devil worshipers, shape-shifters, and other minions of evil.” I mean…

2. Bo is tall, so very tall (and also very fluid)

Yes, Bo is ridiculously crazy tall in person, a friend you’d definitely want to take apple picking. At 6′ 5″, Bo was easy to see on stage, sporting his signature white T. The man is just a lot of limbs and is also a very animated performer and dancer. His long legs and arms form a whirlwind of Bo, a fluid octopus of comedy, dance, and sound, if you will.

3. Straight white men have a lot of problems

Bo sat down at his piano and prefaced a song with, “I have a lot of problems, and I like to share them with people,” beginning a satirical, self-aware song from the perspective of a straight white man. Bo belted out a drawn out and melodic, “Straiiiightttt whiteeeeeeee mannnnnn” chorus throughout the song, singing, “Can’t you just leave us alone, and also, no, to the things you asked for” to all the gays and the women’s rights activists.

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What to do this week: September 28 – October 4

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Monday, September 28

Event: The High Line, Supergentrification and the Street
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Petteruti Lounge

The Urban Studies DUG brings you this lecture on a very hip topic: Manhattan’s west side High Line and “the role of supergentrification in current and planned developments” of it.

Tuesday, September 29

Event: Fall 2015 Tech Careers Fair
Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Sayles

Tech employers looking for computer scientists and developers will be here scooping out the future Bill Gates. Happy coding! (As a senior Philosophy concentrator, I am jealous of people who can attend this event. I’m also available for dates.)

Event: Farm Fresh Rhode Island Benefit Night
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Flatbread

A portion of the proceeds from pizza bought this night will go towards Farm Fresh RI.

Event: IFF Presents: Screening of The Hunting Ground + Panel
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Granoff Auditorium

IFF and React to Film are cohosting this screening of The Hunting Ground, a documentary on sexual assault on U.S. campuses and institutional cover up. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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PW Presents: Wonderland

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As soon as it begins, Wonderland, directed by Rebecca Carrol ’15, sucks the audience into an incredible, fantastical land. Framed by a breathtaking set designed by Yoo-Jin Shin ’18 and Ziyi Yang ’18, Wonderland is an interactive play that allows viewers to experience this Lewis Carroll’s mystical world first hand. Within minutes, the audience is left to explore the grounds and interact with the various characters. From there, a dramatic plot unfolds as viewers move from conversation to conversation.

One of the play’s most striking features is the integrity of its actors. Every performer commits completely to their role, adopting various idiosyncrasies and never breaking character for the entirety of the show. The cast members’ performances are unbelievably strong, even during moments in which they are not in the spotlight. Each character is interesting on their own, which can perhaps be accredited to Wonderland‘s unique writing process.

Described as a “devised” play, each member of the “Wonderteam” (which includes the cast and crew) helped create a script for every cast member. Because of this process, referred to by Carrol as “devising and conquering,” at any given moment, every cast member can be found behaving according to what can almost be described as their own personal, ongoing storyline.

As viewers hop from character to character, they also almost switch between intertwined mini-plays, complete with their own dialogues and monologues. This combination of individually functioning characters and the larger, overarching plot creates for a multi-tiered play in which the characters are as interesting as the central plot itself.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Animation Show of Shows

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As the weekend approaches, and parties entitled “2 Chainz, No Midterms” and “Top Gun: Drink Like You Love Freedom” near, you are bound to need some serious R&R by Saturday evening. RISD’s Film/Animation/Video department has you covered: the Annual Animation Show of Shows will be screened on Saturday, October 26th at 7 p.m. in the RISD Auditorium. No, not this animation show. The Animation Show of Shows features 12 award-winning animated shorts from around the world. The festival is curated by Ron Diamond, the founder of Acme Filmworks, who compiles DVDs of short animated works that are otherwise pricey and difficult to find. You can even purchase DVDs from past shows before and after the screening: each DVD includes three films and goes for $5. Free admission! Open to the public! (Although seating is limited to the capacity of the auditorium.) RISD students who attended last year’s show gave it rave reviews, deeming it “weird, but amazing!” Continue Reading