Michelle Buteau kicks him out of the park at Old Cabell – The Cavalier Daily
To celebrate the start of the new school year, the University Programs Council has organized its Welcome Week festivities. From August 18 to 28, UPC hosted a variety of events to welcome students to the school year, including a movie night, a kite festival, and a performance by rapper Jack Harlow.
Welcome week activities included a comedy show performed by Michelle Buteau, a comedian and actress who has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, including “Someone Great,” “Always Be My Maybe” and ” The Circle “.
Buteau is releasing her new Netflix comedy special “Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia”, and it was her first live broadcast since the start of the pandemic. In his previous stand-up sets, Buteau has typically focused on jokes about race, relationships, and parenting. Buteau always does a great job providing his take on these topics in a comedic way, and his performance at Old Cabell was no exception.
When Buteau appeared onstage in her yellow floral jumpsuit and Reebok sneakers, it looked like the audience was gearing up for a wild ride – which she certainly delivered. Buteau’s demeanor was just as bright and bubbly as her outfit, showing how much care she takes to incorporate her personality into every part of the show.
Several aspects made the show particularly remarkable, but the most notable was its natural connection to the audience. Typically, comedians only interact with audiences when they’re heckled, but Buteau turned a standard stand-up into a live Q&A. She even joked several times that this show was her “TED Talk”. Buteau also asked students questions about their own lives and quickly turned their answers into jokes. This format made the setting much more intimate than a typical stand-up show. Buteau was so warm and welcoming that listening to her set was like seeing a friend for the first time in a long time.
A bit of comedy came from his interactions with the audience. At one point, she asked if anyone in the audience was in a relationship. An international student shared the story of his long-distance relationship with his partner and the many ways he tried to maintain the relationship. Buteau had a great rebuttal based on his own college connections – the men only made the effort for so long, so the couple should go their separate ways as long-distance relationships never work.
One of the funniest interactions with the audience was when she asked the crowd, “What’s the saddest thing you’ve done about yourself?” [during the pandemic]? ”An audience member responded just outside left field when he said,“ I threw up in my bathwater. ”The whole crowd laughed and Buteau used this response to share with the audience her hilarious story about the first time she burped in her mask.
Some comics have their shtick and stay close to it when they perform, but Buteau tries to create a unique spectacle each time. When comparing her typical performances to her show in college, it’s clear that she has altered her usual content to suit the interests of a younger audience. Buteau informed the public about her experiences as a student and she also recognized that so much has changed for our current generation. She was very curious about how we deal with sex, relationships and gender which made her relationship with the audience genuine and reciprocal.
All jokes aside, Buteau’s performance offered the audience a cathartic experience and used humor to try and make sense of the past 18 months. After being isolated for so long, Buteau’s show allowed students to return to Grounds with a smile and a laugh.