And Now For the “Main Course”…Donald Glover at the Statler AuditoriumSeptember 28, 2010 —
Comedian Donald Glover bestowed the gift of laughter to Cornellians at Statler Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 25, and in return received a birthday present that many stand-up comedians spend years wishing for – a sold-out show filled with laughter and enjoyment.
Joe Mande was the self-proclaimed “appetizer” before Donald Glover’s act, but the audience received him nearly as well as the “main course.” Known for his stints on Comedy Central, MTV, and Vh1, Mande was given a warm welcome Saturday night during his first visit to Cornell. An Emerson College alumnus, Mande said he was “excited to be at Cornell.” But past the introductions, Mande still kept his promise of giving some “dick jokes” which, infused with drug references and the eventual reveal of his ultimate sexual fantasy (something with a dragon?), evoked hearty responses from the audience.
After some self-deprecating remarks (including the fact that he has a “bitch-face” and people mistake him for being lesbian – maybe lose the purple hoodie?), Mande exited the stage only to be followed by a huge round of applause for the star of the show, Mr. Donald Glover. Known for his work on the NBC show Community and the comedy sketch group Derrick Comedy, it’s safe to say that Glover had a large fan base in the audience who thoroughly enjoyed his set. However, Glover did give a disclaimer saying that his set was “gonna be nothing like [Community]” because it would include “a lot more dick-talk.” Sound familiar? No wonder Mande and Glover get along so well.
Aside from supposedly dating a Cornellian on the track team, Glover claimedthat he didn’t know much about the university, but it was evident from the waves of applause, laughter, and remarks that the audience of Cornellians loved him anyway. In addition to delving into some personal anecdotes like getting punched in the face by a homeless person in New York City, thus igniting his love for homeless people, this NYU graduate stated, “Music is a big part of me.” So Glover is not only an actor and a comedian, but also a musician? Pretty impressive.
Stories from his childhood and some personal beliefs (like how it’s better to have AIDS than to have babies – you had to be there) were at the center of Glover’s stand-up, but these were the messages that evoked the booming laughter throughout Statler Auditorium, leaving everyone with smiles on their faces and craving seconds of this two-course comedy meal.