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Comedian makes for great date night

September 23, 2010 by admin

Student couple Dan Farnkopf (left), and Stephanie Rosseter, 26, (right) pose with comedian Dave Coulier Sept. 14.

By Charles W. Kim

Attending a school-sponsored comedy show turned out to be a great date for one Brookdale couple.

“We figured it would be a great thing to do, and it could be fun,” said 26-year old Stephanie Rosseter of Tinton Falls who is coming back to school for her elementary teaching certificate.

Rosseter and boyfriend Dan Farnkopf, 25, a first-semester criminal justice major from Brick joined almost 200 others in the Navesink room of the Warner Student Life Center Sept. 14 to hear comedian and television celebrity Dave Coulier.

Coulier is most remembered as “Joey” from the ABC television series “Full House” which ran from 1987-1995. The show featured a widowed sportscaster, played by comedian Bob Sagat that invites his best friend and brother-in-law to live with him and his children, according to the International Movie Database website.

“My jokes are timed-released,” Coulier said after taking the stage. “You will get them after the show.”

Coulier’s show poked fun at a couple members of the audience as well as his own family, making jokes about his parents and his child-raising skills in talking to his son.

“I was too much of a comedian (talking to him about sex),” Coulier said describing one exchange between them.

Coulier also poked fun at a variety of topics from going through the airport to the naming of hurricanes.

“Hurricanes should have scarier names,” Coulier said. “Like Maximus.”

In addition, the celebrity combined jokes with playing a harmonica during his performance.

The show, which lasted for more than an hour, was sponsored by the Student Life Board and was part of “Are You Ready for Primetime” Welcome Back Week festivities. Those events included a student involvement fair, barbeque and sports event featuring the new $40 million gym and fitness center.

Earlier in the day, students were treated to a karaoke event in the4 Martin Luther King Jr. lounge with “Saved by the Bell” cast member Dennis Haskins who played Principal Belding.

“It is a pretty good turnout,” Student Life Board member John O’Donnell said. “We went old school with a 1990s feel.”

O’Donnell, 19, a second-semester criminal justice major said the popular week-long program was designed to bring in “more high quality acts” for the students to get them involved.

“These are the things people want to see,” O’Donnell said.

The event was certainly popular for the couple that admitted being huge “Full House” fans.

“I never knew he did stand-up (comedy),” said Farnkopf, who recently transferred to Brookdale following the performance. “I used to watch the show all the time.”

Farnkopf said he was surprised Coulier would play a smaller venue like a community college.

His girlfriend Rosseter, who already holds a bachelor’s degree in business from New Jersey City University and hopes to someday teach social studies, also said she was a big fan of the television show and started watching the show when she was only 9 years old.

“This was excellent!” Rosseter said. “It was a nice break and he made me laugh.”

The couple, who said they have been dating for more than a year and a half, then, stood in line to meet Coulier and have their picture taken with him. Even though they were armed with paper and pen, Farnkopf forgot to ask Coulier for an autograph after their photo with the celebrity was snapped.

Fellow fan and student Becca Farina, 19, a third-semester business major from Manasquan did not forget to get his signature on a special house-shaped box set of the series on DVD.

“I’m obsessed with “Full House,” Farina said as she waited in line.

Coulier took the attention all in stride, even taking a moment to speak on a cell phone with a fan that could not attend the event.


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