Two nights of comedy and magic entertain UNH

By Robert Wilson
On September 14, 2012


UNH students flocked to the Granite State Room on the nights of Friday Sept. 7 and Saturday Sept. 8 to enjoy the "Spring into Fall" entertainment. The entertainment, held on both nights, succeeded everyone's expectations. Crowds of people started to take shape two hours before the show on Friday, as SIC'em hosted Double Comedy Night with Chad Daniels and Arvin Mitchell. 

"It was worth the wait," one student said after the show. 

Chad Daniels was the first to start off the night. A Minnesota, Daniels has received many achievements throughout his career. Daniels was named "Artist of the Year" in comedy by City Pages in 2009, has been seen numerous times on "The Bob and Tom Television program," performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival for Rooftop Comedy, was given the award Comic's Comic, was voted No. 5 of all time in 2010 in Comedy Central Presents. 

Daniels has the honor as being one of 13 comedians to be on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. To add on to his credibility as a comedian, he won the Gilda's Laughfest Competition, performed on Conan's new show, and released a free one-hour special called "As Is" on the Internet. 

Daniels "deferential" personality was able to push the boundaries of the audience. Whether it was making fun of the state of New Hampshire or bringing up touchy subjects like abortion, religion or racism, it did not stop the audience from laughing hysterically. 

It was not just the stretching of boundaries that made Daniels so funny; it was also his honesty to certain situations. 

"Babies are miracles. Think about it. When they're born their feet are tiny. Yet, they can somehow step on all your hopes and dreams," Daniels said.

After Daniels, Arvin Mitchell hit the center stage to wrap up the night. Mitchell holds a strong account of his own. He became a proclaimed comedian entering the comedic scene in 2003 where he finished as a runner-up on BET's "Coming to the Stage."

His runner-up status sparked himself as a force to be reckoned with in the comedy world, attracting many people of all ages to enjoy a good laugh. Mitchell brought a clean-comedic style to the UNH audience while adding various impressions to get the crowd buzzing with non-stop laughter. 

"I hate phone-junkies. Every time I turn around I see someone on the phone. I saw this guy get hit by a car and he was still on the phone," Mitchell said. 

The talk about everyday life and the ridiculousness of society fueled the fire to Mitchell's comedic stand leaving people breathless with overwhelming laughter. The talents of Daniels and Mitchell proved Double Comedy Night a real sensation.

It seemed like nothing could match up to the entertainment value from the night before, but the Comedian, Magician and Smartass Michael Kent matched it on Saturday night.  Michael Kent has been nominated for multiple Campus Activities Awards including "Best New Rising Star," "Best Small Venue Artist," and 2012 Entertainer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine. 

Kent invited the huge, yet anticipated audience to laugh at the absurdity of the today's magician. Not only was he hitting the comedic sides of people and the "wow" of his magic tricks, but also endured the audience with his sarcastic side. 

Through his mind-blowing magic tricks, such as making things appear in the audience and his insane card tricks, he managed to make the audience come to a complete standstill in applause at the end of his show. 

His unique style to entertain colleges throughout the United States and other areas around the globe makes him at the top of the entertainment market. Many people after the show simply said it will be "the best" show of the year here at UNH.

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