Ali Wong, John Mulaney headline Comedy Knight at UCF
CAB presented UCF's spring comedy show, Comedy Knight, on Wednesday, featuring comedians John Mulaney, Ali Wong and UCF graduate Ryan O'Toole.
Ryan O'Toole, opener for Ali Wong and John Mulaney, is a UCF alumnus who has recently moved out to Los Angeles to pursue comedy. O'Toole was asked to come back by CAB comedy director Chris Mayhew in part because O'Toole is the 2014 Last Knight Standing winner.
"I'm super fans of both of them," O'Toole said about Wong and Mulaney. "Before, John Mulaney was one of the people who helped me when I first started doing stand up...and then Ali Wong is out in La. where I live. She's on a lot of great shows that I go to watch just as a fan."
O'Toole had the stage for nearly 15 minutes and spoke of his time at UCF, being a creative writing major, as well as working at a toy store.
Wong, who writes for ABC's comedy show "Fresh Off the Boat," talked about youth and being jealous of younger girls, about dating and marrying her husband. One of Wong's jokes included telling the crowd that Asians live forever and the reason they are such bad drivers is because they are trying to die.
Mulaney took the stage next for nearly an hour and had the crowd laughing from the beginning as he came out eating celery and gave crowd members a crudité platter that he brought on stage.
Mulaney jokes included telling the crowd the news of Zayn Malik quitting One Direction, along with talking about marriage, religion and his French bulldog Petunia. He also discussed his take on how Back To The Future was pitched. He ended the night with a Bill Clinton personal childhood story.
Crowd members were pleased to hear new material from Mulaney, but some differed in their appreciation of the two acts.
"I liked that he had new material and did some improv," Luis Mata, a junior game design major, said, referencing Mulaney taking time to talk with some audience members and making jokes about them.
Kaila DeHaan, a junior mechanical engineering major, liked that Mulaney wasn't very vulgar.
"I felt he was more relatable to everyone rather than typical college stereotypes," DeHaan said. "They expect us to be dirty and it's nice to have someone who doesn't."
On the other hand, some showgoers liked the raunchiness that Wong put on.
"Ali Wong was really funny," Kyle Townsley, a junior game design major said. "It's weird, usually female comedians, I feel like they try to avoid being raunchy, I feel they try to give themselves a different image and I liked that she didn't."