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Nick Swardson Wraps Up SPA Comedy Month With Hilarious Set

Stand-up comedian and actor Nick Swardson left Alumni Hall in a fit of laughter Friday night as a part of SPA’s comedy month. The second act of a two-part double-header, Swardson rounded out SPA programming for the year after conservationist Jeff Corwin took the stage just a few hours prior.

The event began with SPA Joke-off winner Michael Regan, who loosened up the crowd for Swardson by telling jokes about parenting children, giving compliments, and suing people.

Michael Regan
Comedian Michael Regan got the crowd laughing before Swardson took the mic.

The crowd erupted in cheers when Swardson took the stage, beginning his stand-up routine with jokes about being the designated driver and losing weight. Swardson lived up to his reputation with his hilarious, crude humor that left a full Alumni Hall laughing throughout the entirety of his set.

Swardson told the crowd how he doesn’t want to have kids, because “people use their kids to get out of stuff” these days. “But have you ever seen little British kids in a movie? It’s amazing,” Swardson said. “You can’t be mad at a British kid. They’re adorable.”

Well aware of his college-aged audience, Swardson poked fun at the crowd and told one audience member, “you laughed too hard at that. You’re addicted to marijuana.”

Swardson went on to talk about Penn State’s dry campus policy and day-drinking, including his own take when it comes to day-drinking but still functioning. “I’ll do it, but I’ll still run errands,” Swardson said. “Everyone is in suits, no one knows I’m totally blacked out right now. I’m totally blending in.”

Swardson closed the show making fun of auto-correct on iPhones and giving the audience a taste of what’s to come in his upcoming comedy movies, including “The Do Over.”

Overall, Swardson left the crowd in a good mood and ready to take on the last week of classes and finals. He also served as a strong closer to SPA’s annual comedy month, an April that saw acts like John Mulaney entertain students to help power them through the end of the semester.

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Claire Going

Claire is a freshman broadcast journalism major and writer for Onward State. She enjoys reading, running, and a good cup of tea. She's from Emmaus, Pennsylvania and is a dual citizen. (Go Ireland!) You can contact her via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @claire_going.

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