“Have you ever put a Snickers bar in your p**** and really let a man eat you out?” Nicole Byer of MTV’s “Girl Code” asked the audience in a brash, Southern accent.
After gaining the audience’s full attention, she shifted her voice back to her normal tone and said, “Just kidding, I don’t sound like that. I sound more like a basic white girl or a sassy gay man.”
Visiting comedians Nicole Byer and Alice Wetterlund, who have become well-known for their performances on “Girl Code,” each performed stand-up comedy for about 30 minutes on Saturday night. The University Program Board’s staff members announced that by 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall, the show was completely sold out.
UPB aims to bring comedic acts to campus that have been seen on TV and are fairly well-known.
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“We initially aimed to bring a male [comedian], just because we brought a female [comedian] in the fall. We definitely recognized name recognition than just bringing a gender. We thought this could be great because girls could bring them boyfriends to it and the genre of what they talk about is college-esque,” Alejandra Buitrago, a junior media arts and design major and public relations chair for UPB, said.
Byer, known for her outrageous comedic anecdotes, often plays off topics such as race, weight and, of course, men (a common topic of “Girl Code”). Some comedians attempt to use their weight and race to aid them in their acts to appear insecure, but Byer performed with a confidence that had everyone in the audience laughing out loud.
Byer’s use of different voices also added a certain charm to the uncomfortable situations she recounted, such as her experience working at Lane Bryant.
“Lane Bryant is a store where fat women go to die; I’m sorry, shop … They would always put me in front of this wall of denim,” Byer said. “One time this guy comes in and he says, ‘I need pants for my wife, she’s very big. She’s so big, her legs are like tree trunks. She is so big, she is like a forest … she is so big, she kind of looks like you.’”
After which, Byer groaned that she “wants to die,” then reconciled that, “if tree trunks is getting f*****, then I’m getting f******.”
Despite Byer’s appeal to women with her comedy, men at the performance were still entertained.
“I’ve watched ‘Girl Code’ a few times,” Eric Brown, a sophomore intelligence analysis major said. “It was definitely a different brand of humor that was refreshing. It was funny, but it was a little crude,”
During Byer’s performance, she sang her serenade to a penis; she asked the audience if any man would like her to sing it to his own, which Brown volunteered himself for, because “why not?”
Despite the audience’s awe, Byer’s performance did not come as a surprise to UPB.
“We can never predict what they’re going to say … [Byers] said outright she was going to be extremely raunchy,” Lauren Stearns, a junior school of media arts and design major and the director of UPB special events, said.
After Byer’s performance, Wetterlund took the stage with a completely different comedic approach.
UPB chose from the multiple stars of “Girl Code” by determining which comedians had similar schedules and which would appeal to different types of comedy; Wetterlund’s humor was more conservative than Byer’s.
Wetterlund, a pixie-ish Amy Adams look-a-like, approached the microphone and sang quietly into it, “Sometimes I hide,” then ran behind one of the curtains before running back to the microphone.
After her brief act of shyness, Wetterlund began, “Uh, it’s raining outside — does it ever do anything else?” causing the audience to erupt into cheers in regards to someone else noticing the not-so-enticing weather of Harrisonburg.
Wetterlund told stories of her ex-husband and other personal experiences, such as when she was at a karaoke bar when someone else was singing “Part of Your World” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” and took an extra microphone to intercept the karaoke singer because she thought the woman was “looking at the words.”
“There’s two types of little girls, ones that I’ve got and ones that have escaped — no — there are little girls that love ‘The Little Mermaid’ and then there are little girls that f****** love ‘The Little Mermaid!’ … And I’m type two,” Wetterlund said.
Seeing some of students’ favorite stars from MTV live gave them a different perspective on the comedians.
“I think [Byer] was pretty cool,” Megan Gay, a freshman nursing major said. “I liked Alice too because she reminded me of Kristen Wiig. You kind of saw a different side of her; on ‘Girl Code’ you don’t notice her quirkiness.”
UPB gave students the opportunity to win tickets to a meet-and-greet with Byer and Wetterlund by attending a movie at Grafton-Stovall Theater on Friday, taking part in an Instagram contest or finding a person dressed up as an MTV logo at Thursday’s late night breakfast in Festival.
Altogether, UPB gave away 16 meet-and-greet tickets; winners would be able to bring one guest with them.
People at the meet-and-greet were given the chance to see the real Byer and Wetterlund and take pictures with the comedians, as well as receive flyers with the comedians’ autographs.
“I don’t want to call them split personalities, but they’re definitely stage personalities. They’re such sweet women,” Stearns said.
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