Last Thursday night the Atwood Quarry was full to burst with dozens of students waiting to hear from comedian Michael Palascak.
Originally from the Midwest, Palascak made his big debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, which led to numerous other television appearances on programs such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”. From there he went on to become the winner of HBO’s “Lucky 21” stand-up contest and Comedy Central’s Chicago region “Open Mic Fight”, which led to an appearance on “Live at Gotham”.
Covering a wide range of topics from video games to marriage, Palascak filled the room with laughs.
“Being married is like being legally obligated to hang out with someone.” Palascak said, while addressing marriage nonchalantly.
In the first part of his stand-up routine the room was full of the hooting and hollering of crowd members. However, as the act continued, some of the jokes began to fall flat.
Speaking about raising children, Palascak made a joke about sticking a sock in a child’s mouth while holding them at knifepoint.
As the joke landed, the audience let out a mixture of audible groans, as well as seemingly forced laughter. Though most of the crowd stayed for the whole performance, slowly people began to filter out about twenty minutes into his set as joke after joke sounded more like amateur night.
As the show went on, Palascak eventually regained his stride and managed to regain audience interest, despite a dip into the waters of lackluster comedy. “I thought he was hilarious,” said stand-up fan Andrew Johnson. “Really funny guy.”
While the show was a far cry from the comical stylings of Jim Gaffigan, Rodney Dangerfield or any other big name, the University Programming Board made a good choice in picking Michael Palascak to perform. In the end, Palascak still managed to work the crowd to his advantage and made for an entertaining night. For his next show however, maybe leave out the knife and baby jokes.
- Edd Beran