The Programing Board of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Montclair State University held volume three of Student Life at Montclair’s (SLAM) comedy series with special guest comedians Rashaun Reese and Chico Bean on Saturday, Oct. 1st. The night was a fun way for students to laugh and have a good time.
Richard Steiner-Otoo, a junior earth and environmental science major and president of the SGA, explained the event.
“[The event] is a comedy show, the third comedy show that SLAM has done,” Steiner-Otoo said. “[Students] are going to see two artists, one of which is Chico Bean, who is very popular for being a cast member of ‘[Nick Cannon Presents:] Wild ‘N Out,’ so we are really excited to get some good laughs today.”
Students were looking forward to the performance for a variety of reasons.
Jade Hunter, a senior film and television major and the director of the Programming Board for SLAM, commented on the event’s return.
“Last year due to [COVID-19], we couldn’t have one unfortunately,” Hunter said. “So [this is] just bringing back old traditions.”
Maggie Aube, a senior theatre studies major who volunteered to give t-shirts away to people during the event, shared her excitement.
“I’m really excited to see the comedians perform,” Aube said. “I think this is an event that hasn’t happened in a while, and I think it’s going to be really great to bring everyone out on a Saturday.”
Tara Mastroianni, a senior exercise science major, spoke on her excitement as well.
“[I’m looking forward to] just laughing,” Mastroianni said. “Hopefully this is something that can ease the stress from [school] and everything, and I think laughing is such a good thing.”
Filled with a lot of energy, some students ended up dancing along to the music played by the DJ while they were waiting for the event to start. Students were even given the opportunity to dance battle on stage for an opportunity to meet Chico Bean as the event went on.
Reese came on stage to warm up the students for Chico Bean, interacting with them and keeping the crowd lively until it was time for the headliner to take the stage.
Eventually Chico Bean came, and the students erupted in applause. He went on to perform for an hour, keeping the crowd entertained and laughing throughout his entire set. At some points he even offered students advice and took suggestions from the crowd on topics of discussion.
The comedian also gave the audience a chance to ask him questions about “Wild ‘N Out,” his career and advice from personal experience. Chico Bean ended the night by bringing a few lucky students up on stage to play a popular game from the show called “Family Reunion.”