Humor is perhaps one of the most effective communication resources in anyone’s toolkit. On Monday, November 25, 2013, the Harrington School of Communication and Media, in collaboration with the Student Entertainment Committee, hosted Last Ram Standing: A Student Standup Competition in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Eight undergraduate and graduate students competed before an audience of 150 students, family, friends and community members, hosted by professional comedian Dan Boulger. Judges Michael Nolfe, Meredith Peabody, and Katie Donnelly scored participants on originality, stage presence, and audience response. Undergraduate student Isaura Dos Santos won third place, PhD student in Writing and Rhetoric Jillian Belanger came in second place, and undergraduate student Evan Little won first prize! Congratulations to all students who participated in the competition! You’re courageous and outrageous and we admire your guts!
As first prize winner, Evan Little will open for Patton Oswalt at Harrington’s March 22, 2014 symposium, Open Mic, Open Minds: An Exploration of Social Issues Through Standup Comedy. Evan also won two tickets to every show the Student Entertainment Committee is presenting for the spring semester. As if that wasn’t already awesome enough, professional comedian Poppy Champlin came to the event and performed while the judges calculated their scores, and she invited Evan to Charlie-O’s on Nomember 30, 2013 to perform his material as part of her “Poppy Champlin Presents Laughter” event! According to Evan’s big brother Frank, he killed it.