On Friday, October 4, 2013, St. Joseph’s College and SGA hosted their first annual comedy night. The show started at 7:30 and consisted of three acts, one featuring Dr. Quinn, a professor at St. Joseph’s. The other two acts included professional comedians Ron Tobin and Dave Coulier, the latter who is known for his role on “Full House” as Joey Gladstone.
The show sold out in a matter of days and the turnout was larger than any event I have seen at St. Joseph’s College. It was amazing to see the wide array of individuals who attended the event: from students in grade school to parents in their forties and fifties. This diverse audience was interesting to see because it showed how the eight season run of the show “Full House” affected multiple generations.
The school’s newspaper had the privilege of interviewing Dave Coulier before the show. During the interview, a question was asked referring to his current relationship with the stars of “Full House.” Surprisingly he responded with, “Yeah, I see them all the time. In fact, John, Bob, and Candace were at my house for dinner on Sunday night.” As the interview proceeded, I could tell that Dave Coulier differed from many of the celebrities you hear about today. For example, when he was asked where he gets his jokes from and who influences him, I was pleasantly surprised when he said that his “inspirations come from a wide variety of weird places.” He elaborated by adding, “Some of them come from the guys I play hockey with on Sunday mornings….those guys are some of the funniest guys I have ever met.” In addition to that, after being asked if he had any relationships with any celebrities because of living in L.A., he said that he doesn’t “really hang out with many celebrities outside of the Full House crew.” These questions made me realize that Dave Coulier is not like many of the individuals you see in Hollywood these days. He admitted to showing off his “weird sides” and how it would be “strange to walk in his shoes,” but as a person I believe he is has the ability to connect with the “average Joe,” and that is why he has earned so much respect. This was especially evident when, although the five minutes were up for the interview and one of the members of his crew signaled that it was time to wrap it up, Dave Coulier reacted with, “Where’s the rush? I’m not going on for a couple of hours” and then proceeded to talk with the Talon crew for an additional hour, which was completely unexpected. After spending that hour with Dave, it was clear to me that he is not only a very comical individual, but also a very down to earth and friendly one.
When Dave Coulier walked on stage, the entire auditorium gave a hearty round of applause. It was astounding to see how infatuated people were with him and how even though his show has been off the air for many years, he continues to inspire people. He was on stage for about an hour, going through his set without using any profanities–something important to Dave. Throughout his career, he has always followed the advice he received from Jay Leno, who told him that if he kept his routines clean, he’d be able to perform anywhere. He strived to be a universally enjoyed comic by making his comedy relatable, entertaining, and family-friendly. In my opinion, the best part of the show had to be when he started to do his impressions. I thought that the most spot-on and impressive imitations were those of Chris Rock and Robin Williams. Those just showed how truly versatile he is as a comedian. Not only that, but he made it such a personal experience by including the audience in some improvised jokes. I was also surprised to learn that he is an outstanding harmonica player, which he demonstrated during his “harmoni-thoughts” bit, when he gave us an insight into his random thoughts throughout the day.
Overall, the show was an absolute success and the school couldn’t have picked a better comedian to perform and kick-off a new St. Joseph’s College tradition.
By: David Moisan