Preview: comedian Andrew Schultz to perform in Hess Rec

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Adding to the ream of seemingly endless entertainment options at UAF and appeasing the mass, 18-20 year old demographic on campus who didn’t get a fall concert this year, SAO is hosting a comedy show Wednesday at the Hess Rec. The show on Oct. 7, is at 8p.m. and it’s free.

Enter Andrew Schulz.

Schulz has been putting in work on the NYC comedy circuit for more than eight years and, in the past, worked simultaneously on five television projects. Now, he stars in the independent film channel comedy, “Benders,” about an amateur hockey team. He’s also involved with the podcast “The Brilliant Idiots,” which has about 200,000 listeners each week, and has been involved with a plethora of MTV shows including “Guy Code,” “Guy Court,” “Jobs that don’t suck,” and “The Hook Up.”

Why should you see him Wednesday night?

“Cause there ain’t nothing else to do. Let’s be honest here. It’s either you come to my show or go to the northern most Denny’s,” Schultz said.

The show, facilitated by Jerry Evans from Alaskacomedy.com is the continuation of the Bust-a-Gut series and has brought up about half a dozen comedians to campus every year over the past decade.

Schulz is blunt, deft and excited about his first visit to Alaska.

The native New Yorker recognizes he was born into an environment where survival is easy and loves the contrast of going somewhere where people have skills, “like birthing a cow, or making fire, without, you know, already having a little bit of fire.”

It’s never been his goal to perform in Alaska.

“Honestly, my goal is to visit Alaska and see people out there and see nature, it’s just lucky that my job lets me do that,” Schultz said.

He doesn’t overanalyze stand-up.

“This shit is not abstract art, it’s not making sweaters or anything like that,” Schultz said. “It is the reaction you get from the audience.”

This summer, stand-up legend Jerry Seinfeld ignited a dialogue among comedians by saying he doesn’t perform for college audiences because they’re too politically correct.

Shulz has no fear about performing for a college audience. He views political correctness as a challenge that forces him to be more creative.  “Seinfeld is a 60 year old man. When does a 60 year old hang out with a 18 year olds? That’s weird. It would make sense they don’t have the same sense of humor,” Schultz said.  “I refuse to not talk about something because people might get offended. That’s my job, my job is to make it so funny it doesn’t matter.”

For him, no topics are off limits—it’s all about context.

“You’re not a robot. We’re human beings, we’ve got feelings and shit, so I can fuck with your feelings and that’s part of what stand-up is about,” he said.

In the past, Cody Rogers, UAF student activities director, has expressed trepidation for the necessity of bust-a-gut.

“Sometimes 200 people show up and sometimes 20 people show up and we advertise it the same way,” Rogers said.

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