Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Great humor at 'Back 2 School Comedy Jam'

Comedian Buzz Sutherland performing a magic trick with prof. Karen Cowden.
     Hilarity was unleashed at the “Back 2 School Comedy Jam”on Sept. 9 in the Performing Arts Center at Valencia's East Campus. This showcase was organized by Student Development with Student Government and featured two nationally know stand-up comedians Kevin Bozeman and Buzz Sutherland.

     “Ironically enough, I got started on a college campus 28 years ago, when I first saw a young Jerry Seinfeld on the University or Missouri campus, and within three years I was his opening act,” said Buzz Sutherland. He has several awards for his zany comic style, which centers on relating to his audience and keeping everyone entertained.

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(Produced by James Tutten

     Comedian Kevin Bozeman, from Chicago, thrilled and shocked the audience with his laid-back, but raunchy comic style, best exemplified with his closing message to students which involved not getting pregnant, “Because it leads to dropping out of school, and drug use later in life.

     An extra bonus to this event was the price, which was free to all Valencia students. 

     “Starting a new semester is the hardest part, so sometimes we just need to have a good laugh,” said Andres Abreu, East Campus SGA president. Student Government worked with Student Development to organize this event with quality entertainment in mind.

     “I feel more involved with school after going to this, it's like a pep rally to start the semester,” said new Valencia student, Ivan Gutierrez.

     “Everyone can relate to comedy, and it gets students involved, and it's not as threatening as a seminar,” said Liz Connor, a second year student majoring in human resources.

     Some facility members also came out to watch, and in the case of Professor of Reading, Karen Cowden, were involved with the show by volunteering for a clever magic trick involving an eaten playing card, and an awkward request for retrieval of said card. 

     “It brings a great start of the semester with such great comedians here at Valencia,” said Cowden.

    More than just a Community College, Valencia offers much in the way of student activities and entertainment. For more information go to the performing art web site at

By James Tutten

(Published: Sept. 14, 2011 issue of "Valencia Voice" on page 1.)

(Above photo by James Tutten)


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