Festival of Fools: The Best of the Jests

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Festival of Fools: The Best of the Jests

Credit: Grace Carey / The Foothill Dragon Press

Credit: Grace Carey / The Foothill Dragon Press

Credit: Grace Carey / The Foothill Dragon Press

Credit: Grace Carey / The Foothill Dragon Press

Suvee Ranasinghe

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Foothill’s eighth annual “Festival of Fools” comedy show was one for the books, full of jokes, enthusiasm and a lot of laughs.   

The event began with Speech and Debate advisor Jennifer Kindred introducing the hosts of the night, CJ Haberbush ‘17 and Isaac Goldstein ‘17.

“This really is as improv as you can get. I don’t know about the rest of the Foothill students but the Speech team is a little bit on the procrastination side,” Kindred stated in her introduction.

The night consisted of skits, stand up acts and stories ranging from academic topics, relationships and childhood memories. Some were even satirical of different organizations on campus like the Bioscience Academy, Associated Student Body and Cross Country team.

Kindred reflected on the night and claimed the performances of individuals such as Andrew Shoup ‘18, Eva Shumaker ‘18 and a skit entitled Bioscience as some of the night’s highlights.

Nick Godinez ‘18 shared his relationship struggles in an act titled Junior Year. When entering high school Godinez attempted to live up to his mother’s nickname for him of “lover boy.”

 

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Bryan Sturm’s ‘19 act entitled Friendship was a hit among not only performers, but audience members as well.

“I really liked Bryan Sturm’s act because it was super unexpected, like he’s in my classes and he’s just that kind of smart, quiet guy, but he got up there and just totally went for it…and made everyone crack up,” Maddie Ozbourn ‘19 said.

Sturm learned the script for Friendship based off of the introduction to the video game BattleBlock Theater. Sturm agrees that being on stage is nerve wracking, but his act gained plenty of laughter from the audience.

 

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Sydney Wilkov ‘18 performed How I Met Shakira, an act devoted to sharing her childhood misconception of the time she had (but unknowingly hadn’t) met Shakira at her grandfather’s wedding. It took her until the fifth grade to realize that she really hadn’t met Shakira and that she had been telling all of her friends a lie.

 

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Kindred states that the first night is “always a little rough,” but she thinks that “it’s pretty much comparable to other rough night’s that we’ve had.”

 

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The Hunch Bunch Origin Story was told by Kayla Austin ‘18, Josh Hager ‘18, Justice Harris ‘17, Ryan Moore ‘18 and Shumaker. The responsibility of dog sitting is placed into the arms of Shumaker, and after not visiting the dog for three whole days it becomes aggressive. After hearing an alarm going off saying something was in the bedroom, Shumaker and Austin call for help.

 

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“The Bioscience thing I really thought was funny. Nick Godinez talking about all the girls I thought was hilarious. The Dragon Chats I thought went really well. Friendship went really well. They all went really well…,” Kindred stated.

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