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Best Friends Appreciate Lunchtime Comedy

November 2, 2010 by Eaglecorps911

 BCC Photo - Comedian Owen Benjamin kept students entertained Oct. 19.

By Michelle Gilman

Two best friends decided to check out comedian Owen Benjamin during their lunch break at Brookdale.
“We take the same classes and have a two-hour break and thought it might be fun to see Owen perform,” said Alexa Dawn, a 20-year-old, second-semester undecided major from Red Bank.
Dawn and her best friend Erica Friedman, a 22-year-old, fourth-semester undecided major from Holmdel attended with approximately 120 other students for Laugh at Lunch in the Navesink rooms of the SLC on Oct. 19.
Benjamin is mostly recognized from the Jay Leno Show and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. He has also appeared on MTV’s Punk’d and Live at Gotham on Comedy Central.
“I’ve seen him on TV many times, and I’ve always wanted to see him live,” said Alexandra Holland a 19-year-old, fourth-semester English major from Tinton Falls.
Benjamin’s performance made fun of a bunch of audience members as well as his personal life, making jokes about his college-professor parents and his two dogs.
“Imagine what it was like growing up with two college professors that just didn’t get me,” Benjamin said when talking about his relationship with his parents.
“It was really funny that Owen made that joke because both of my parents are professors, and I sometimes feel that they really don’t get what it’s like to not be on their level,” said Gina Etlinger a 20-year-old, fourth-semester theater major from Freehold.
Most of the students in the room were either eating, laughing, doing homework, and text messaging.
“I’m texting my best friend because she is obsessed with Owen and hopes to one day marry him,” said Elizabeth Duffy, a 19-year-old, third-semester media studies major from Englishtown.
“I really wanted to come see Owen but I have to get my biology homework done at the same time,” said Eric Foster, a 21-year-old, third-semester biology major from Spring Lake.
Benjamin made a lot of jokes about the sexual encounters he has had and the legalization of medical marijuana in California.
“I never knew how many cancer patients had skateboards,” Benjamin said.
Additionally, the celebrity combined jokes with playing the piano during his performance.
The show lasted a little under an hour, was sponsored by the Student Life Board and was part of “Laugh at Lunch.”
The event included salad, pizza, sandwiches, and soda.
“I honestly just came for the free lunch, but I really enjoyed hearing Owen Benjamin,” said Alex Navello, a 23-year-old, fifth-semester undecided major from Belmar.

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