A small crowd came to Spratt Hall 101 on Thursday, March 21 for a comedy show put on by the Western Activities Council.
Comedian Corey Forrester came to Missouri Western to put on a show but was met with little fanfare. Turnouts like this are something Forrester is familiar with.
“It’s uncommon for me doing college shows,” Forrester said. “On our tour, we sell a lot of tickets. College gigs, it’s either completely empty, or there’s five people, or every now and then there’s 200 hundred people, but sometimes the five people show is better than 200. You never know because with college it’s free to get in, nobody knows who I am, which is fine, and it’s just a thing to pass the time. For our shows, we sell tickets, and people know who I am. They’ve read the book. It’s a very different show.”
Forrester joked about how he doesn’t mind whether his shows are large or small.
“I like doing both of them because both of them get me a check,” Forrester said. “I’m kidding, I don’t do this for the money. I didn’t do a routine at all in there, which is not probably professional. When there’s like nine people and everything is spread out, and you realize there’s no structure, and I’m not going to get the rolling laughs, I’m not going to have people paying attention. I can’t just do my act because my act makes sense.”
WAC President Elijah Todd thinks the four comedy acts his organization has hosted this semester have seen mixed results.
“Hit or miss because if it’s other events going on or if simply like (Forrester) said, if people don’t know who he is, they won’t show up,” Todd said. “So far it’s been hit or miss, but it was a better turnout than I actually thought it would be. I thought it would just be us, the e-board of WAC showing up.”
Forrester is a self-proclaimed “southern Liberal” from Chickamauga, Georgia, and has been performing stand up since he was 16 years old. Forrester has appeared on HBO, ABC, BBC and CBC television.
A large portion of Forrester’s material consists of vulgar and dirty jokes, stuff Forrester doesn’t mind delivering to anyone who may be offended. Forrester also tries to be as relatable as possible to his younger audience.
“I’m trying to figure out the kids because they’re the next leaders of the world, and I’m going to end up working for them one day,” Forrester said. “For the most part, if one person was mad at that joke and they said something and now they speak for everybody because that’s how the internet is. The internet is much like America; it is the best and the worst at the same time. I don’t know what I would do without it. (The internet) brings me so much joy, but at the same time, it is the cause for so much of my neuroses. I think a lot of times in this country, people go, ‘Liberals are outraged, conservatives are outraged.’ No, somebody who wrote that article is outraged and they are conservative, therefore you’re saying it’s all conservatives, or you’re saying it’s all liberals.
Forrester also thinks people should take time to think about if they’re really offended or not.
“Let’s just back up for a second and see if we care in 48 hours,” Forrester said. “I bet we won’t because there will probably be a school shooting that is more horrible than anything I can say. Anything I say onstage, I would say to the person I’m talking about privately.”