It's that time of the semester! Rutgers Night Live XIII is comin at ya THIS WEEKEND ONLY with the dopest, the dankest, and the freshest shi* their beautiful, funny, and most woke minds can ooze out of their eyelids: The Curse of the Missing Dignity. I don't know what I'm writing, but I think you get the gist. They've got so much stuff ready for ya - laughs, smirks, horrified looks, some more laughing and it's all been nicely photographed on my new phone!!!!! *fireworks* We did it fam, we made it. No more blurry pics.
In an effort to keep things a surprise for you lovely people who are planning on attending this fantasmic event, I will say random things about some of the sketches and also post pictures of the cast doing and wearing questionable things in the sketches. Here we go!
Community College. Gotta love it. They even have that one show about it. HOwever, come take a tour of the Evil Community College, where only the best students are admitted!
Love Rugrats? Same. But what if that show wasn't so PG? What are their real opinions on the world? What do they think about Brangelina splitting up? We'll tell ya!
Real talk, I need to go to the salon to change my hairstyle because I'm bored with it. RNL's got this new stylist at their salon, who's gonna blow you (and your hair) away!!
Bathroom etiquette is weird. We all go through it. Where do you look? I have no idea. Maybe it's best to close your eyes? I'll try that tomorrow.
Are you a kat person or a dog person? Lmk.
The cast of RNL loves feminists. Join their book club!!!!
RIO RIO RIO RIO RIO
If any of you tells me that you've never gone through an awkward family dinner, especially one where you bring a significant other to, you've gOTTA come see this sketch. It's real. stay woke, fam.
Now that your mind is spinning with questions like "Does Anna think she's funny or something?", "What does she mean by 'questionable'?", and "Oh, do people not usually keep their eyes closed when they pee? Awkward...", we can dive into the nitty gritty of an RNL production.
As a member of the Cab Gen Board, I can say without any sort of bias that it is indeed "lit". Part of that is our brandy new RNL Representative, Kim Bollard (Theatre and Journalism/Film Certificate, Senior).
She opens up each rehearsal with some sort of improv game that gets their bodies in motion, their minds a-flowin, and their *sses in gear. "The best part of this job is getting to pour my heart and soul into comedy, and working with such an amazing and dedicated cast. I'm glad I get to work with people who are down for anything and everything. They're all so flexible and it makes my job significantly easier. "
And honestly, this cast is fire. There are so many different characters happening in this production it's almost hard to keep up - and their performances are just so spot on!
"Some people have more of a dry humor, while others are more loud and animated. Some people (Oren) are perfect for dad characters, and some people are perfect crazy uncles (Mario). Everyone has taken the sketches they were given and have directed them with such finesse. They've made me very proud."
One of my favorite parts of RNL is the Weekend Update. When I talk about this entire show being "woke", this is usually what I'm thinking about. Similar to that other show, (what's it called, SNL? yeah, that one) they produce some pretty dope jokes about the failings of our current society. When I asked Kim about how they pick which topics to poke fun at, she said that she's actually working off of the articles she reads as a journalism major. Then she just writes a bunch of jokes about the ones that stick out to her, and then pick the best ones. Amazing.
Last Year, RNL took in a buuuunch of fresh, hot, new actors into their cast. Rafael Lozada (Communications, Sophomore) is one such newbie. "When I moved to America from the Dominican Republic, I stumbled upon an episode of SNL where they were impersonating Dominicans. Sofia Vergara, Kristen Wigg and I think even One Direction,all people who I fan girl over, were a part of it. Everyone was super committed to the sketch and it looked like they were really enjoying themselves. As a result, I became a fan of SNL so when I heard there was a version of it at Rutgers, I didn't think twice to audition." Admittedly, I am not a huge SNL fan, although I have seen some episodes. This one such episode KILLED ME. I freaking dIED it was so funny holy crap. HOnestly I just watched it again. RIP in peace, Zayn.
Just like that other show, RNL has a host and a musical guest. While I can't talk about the surprise musical guest (it's dope, I swear), I cAN talk about their awesome host!
Julianna Pica (English/JMS, Junior) is this year's fantabulous hostess with the mostest! Spoiler alert: she does an accent and I asked her about it."Oh my gosh, that accent? That's just the accent of my mother's entire family. I grew up with a lot of weird voices around me. A lot of my family is from NY, my grandma is Sicilian, my grandpa grew up in Jersey City, my aunt is Colombian. Voices have always come naturally to me, and that one is probably the first voice I ever heard. Then I came to school as a kid and was like, "wait a minute, why does everyone sound like they are from Full House?"
This girl's done some time in the stand-up world, and her opening monologue is all about that. I won't give it away, but she's a vegan.
As for her fav stuff in the show, she's granted y'all with some spoilers about a sketch called Family Dinner: "I love it because it's true. We laugh when things are funny and it makes us uncomfortable. Aziz Ansari does this thing where he's like, 'I'm great! All the racist grandmas are dying.' And he's right! Our generation and those to come care a lot more about race, gender, and class, and the social inequality that they bring along. I'm kinda tired of the foreign, person of color being the butt of everyone's joke. That's why I love this sketch. The ignorance is the joke. As a white person, I think we need to make a lot more fun of white people." Ah, white people. As a brown-skinned female who is NOT voting for the failed businessman, this really resonates with me.
The Dignity That is Missing and Therefore There is a Case Where We're Looking For It but I Just Told You It's at Cabaret
So I asked Kim about it. "The second you come on board the RNL team, all of your dignity goes into a toilet. Very dignified people wind up losing all of their inhibitions throughout the rehearsal process. If we had dignity, we'd be doing something else with our time, like trying to save the world. Instead, we're making dic* jokes and hope they stick. "
Do you like my censoring? I'm trying really hard.
COME THRU FAM - IT'S LIT, IT'S FIT, IT'S ANYTHING BUT SH*T! Buy your tickets, you won't wanna miss it!