After a three-year hiatus, the Yale College Council brought back its “Last Comic Standing” show on Nov. 11.
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The Yale School Council held its “Final Comedian Standing” competitors on Nov. 11 in Sudler Corridor.
The YCC Occasions Committee chosen eight campus comedians to vie for the viewers’s favor of their seven-to-nine-minute stand-up units. After the hour-and-a-half-long present, the attendees had been despatched a Google Type to rank their high three comedians. The group finally voted Will Cramer ’23 the winner of 2022’s Final Comedian Standing.
“I really feel like a champ. I’ve at all times needed to win one thing,” Cramer stated. “Generally once I inform folks that I do stand-up, they’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, inform me a joke.’ However that’s probably not the way it works, so I received’t, however then they’ll assume I used to be mendacity about the entire stand-up factor. I’s good to lastly have one thing to level to as proof.”
Considered one of Yale’s largest comedy occasions of the 12 months, Final Comedian Standing had not been hosted since 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With 200 tickets supplied totally free on-line, the present was bought out earlier than the occasion.
Cramer, who began stand-up in his senior 12 months of highschool, has pursued this curiosity all through his 4 years at Yale. He has been part of the improvisational comedy group the Purple Crayon, in addition to the Cucumber, which is the Yale File’s stand-up comedy group.
Cramer stated that when he prepares for a comedy present, he sometimes jots down concepts earlier than making an attempt them on stage. He wrote his set for Final Comedian Standing that day, selecting jokes he had already examined at earlier performances.
When requested to present recommendation to varsity college students who need to pursue stand-up comedy, Cramer really helpful the Cucumber as a welcoming setting with a supportive viewers.
“The one option to get higher at stand-up is to do it,” Cramer stated. “Lots of people need to strive stand-up however declare they don’t know learn how to write for it or are afraid they’re going to bomb. They’re most likely proper — it takes a while to determine a great set. However you’re higher off bombing now than ready a 12 months and bombing then.”
Agastya Rana ’24, the occasions director of the Yale School Council, organized Final Comedian Standing for the primary time this 12 months. He stated he considers the present a “spectacular success.
Rana had but to matriculate to Yale the final time the YCC hosted Final Comedian Standing. Nonetheless, he did assist plan a digital Harvard-Yale Roast-Off in 2020 alongside the Harvard School Occasions Board.
“It was extremely rewarding placing this present collectively for the primary time for the reason that pandemic,” Rana stated. “The Occasions Committee strives so as to add pleasure and pleasure to scholar life on campus by means of its occasions, and based mostly on the continual laughter ringing by means of Sudler Corridor for an hour and a half straight, I do consider we met that purpose with this occasion.”
Historically, the winner of Final Comedian Standing opens for the headline act on the YCC’s fall comedy present. This 12 months, Cramer will open for the skilled comic — whose title the YCC has but to launch — who will carry out on Dec. 2.
The sold-out present in Sudler Corridor was full of 110 college students on Friday evening.
Mina Bengi Aral ’26 was one among these attendees. Final Comedian Standing was the primary comedy occasion she has attended at Yale, and he or she stated that she hopes to see extra.
Will Cramer’s new tune “I Hate Dentists However I Love My Grandpa,” in honor of his grandfather who was a dentist, is now accessible on Spotify.
Cramer’s brother, Andrew, is a Sports activities Editor on the Information.