Laughter boomed throughout the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) on Thursday night as comedian Jen Kober joked up a storm with Shippensburg University students.
Cracking jokes about everything from her own life to audience members and good ole’ Pennsylvania, Kober managed to trigger the audience into a constant loop of chuckles from the moment she stepped on stage.
Performing standup comedy since she was 16 years old, Kober has had many years to experiment with a variety of content in order to perfect her story-esque form of comedy. But standup comedy is not the only thing that Kober has dabbled in over her entertainment career. She has recently taken her jokes to TV, playing the food court maven, Brenda, on the American Sitcom show “The Middle” and Joan on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” with Kevin Hart.
Letting the audience in on her boisterous personality from the moment she stepped on stage, Kober greeted the audience by joking that she had “been on a bus for seven f***ing hours for this.”
However, following this remark, Kober addressed the audience in a sincere tone as she urged them to let their laughter roam free with her for the next hour.
“I really need you to want to laugh. I need you to love this, guys. I need you to be behind me with this,” Kober said before returning to her jokester ways.
Kober quickly grew comfortable with the audience as she opened up about where she grew up, her sexuality and her many interests — but of course in a humorous manner.
“I’m from Louisiana and I love my food, especially Chick-fil-A,” Kober said. “Did the Chick-fil-A, LGBT controversy make it down here?” Kober asked the audience, referencing how the fast food restaurant publicly stated its opposition to same-sex marriage last year and many protested in response.
“Protest Chick-fil-A? I’m fat first, gay second,” Kober joked, cashing in the first few laughs of the night.
Personalizing the content to something every person in the audience could relate to, Kober changed the topic of her jokes to Pennsylvania.
“I really didn’t know Pennsylvania before I started touring,” Kober said. “The first place I ever visited in PA was Lancaster, and it was basically Amish City.”
After a handful of jokes about how desolate most of PA is, Kober concluded her jokes about the state by asking the audience, “Is it me or do all Amish look like Abraham Lincoln?” This rhetorical question prompted an uncontrollable spurt of laughter from nearly everyone in the audience.
“You guys keep on resetting like, HA. HA. MORE,” Kober said laughing. “I love it.”
Searching for some inspiration within the audience, Kober asked which individual was currently sporting the longest relationship.
A criminal justice student in the back of the crowd raised his hand and gushed that he has been in an incredibly extensive four-month relationship with a high school senior, which prompted an abundant amount of laughter.
Going along with the individual from the audience, Kober wittily said, “Well your criminal justice degree is sure going to come in handy. What is the age of consent in PA?” Barely able to control her own laughter Kober confessed, “Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.”
Proving to be a big ball of profanity and inventive humor throughout the course of her show, Kober’s joke after joke reeled in the college crowd, and left them teary-eyed and sore-stomached from nearly a full hour of laughter.
“I feel like we all learned a lot about each other tonight. You guys are awesome. I had a great time with y’all,” Kober said before abandoning center stage.