A bit of humor for UI — Three comedians visit UI and connect with students


Laughter filled the International Ballroom in the Bruce M. Pitman Center, Thursday evening during ASUI’s Vandal Entertainment Comedy Special.

Pete Lee, Dino Archie, Matt Newland and their many jokes targeting college students had the audience clapping and laughing.

Lee, a comedian from New York City, is a cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever, performed on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and had a Comedy Central Half Hour Special, according to the Vandal Entertainment website.

Lee was second to take the stage, and kept the audience laughing for the 45 minutes he spent mocking the pronunciation of Moscow, his open relationship and struggles with crying in public. Lee also inserted an opinion about Trump.

“Trump is not smart. If you think Trump is smart, you’re really not smart,” Lee said.

Comedian Pete Lee performs stand-up comedy in the Bruce Pitman Center Thursday.

Lee asked questions about the audience’s relationship status and commented on the enthusiasm of the singles, noting there should be websites assisting break-ups, not encouraging relationships.

Lee opened up about his own relationship and its demise.

“So fun. You get to play a game called ‘am I going to cry in public today,’” Lee said.

Lee also interacted with a row of all male students, referring to the group as “bro row” and mentioned the group several times throughout his time on stage.

Archie, a comic from Los Angeles, took the stage last and had the audience laughing with jokes about Moscow and drinking in one’s 30s.

“In your 30s, that’s when it’s not cute anymore … it’s like, you wake up and you can’t see your kids for two weeks, your house is gone … shit happens, you know what I mean,” Archie said.

He also commented on the lack of racial diversity in Moscow.

“It’s so white it makes Spokane look like Rwanda,” Archie said.

Matt Newland, the opening act and a graduate of the University of Idaho, took the stage for 15 minutes. He said when the university initially reached out to him he thought it was a trap to get him to pay old parking tickets.

Newland talked about his experience with marijuana, girls and poppy seed muffins.

“I ate a poppy seed muffin before a drug test once, and I didn’t know this, but apparently if you do that you can test positive for heroin, cocaine, weed and Adderall. I failed that drug test,” Newland said.

The event was free and open to the public.

Brie Slavens can be reached at arg-arts@uidaho.edu

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