Staff Picks: Which Comedians Should Perform At The Bryce Jordan Center?
The Bryce Jordan Center has hosted hundreds of acts over the years, including musical geniuses like Elton John to recent stars like Billie Eilish. Comedy notables like Seth Meyers, Bill Burr, and Amy Schumer have performed at the BJC over the years, and Bert Kreischer will be performing at the BJC in just a few weeks as part of his “Berty Boy Relapse” tour.
With that in mind, our staff compiled a list of some comics they’d like to see crack some jokes at the BJC in the future.
Will Pegler: Kyle Mooney
Kyle Mooney is absolutely hilarious in the most awkward and uncomfortable way. Some people might not love the “SNL” star’s style of comedy, but there’s no chance I wouldn’t go see him if he stopped by the BJC. Aside from just standup routines, I’d love to see him reenact some of his best skits alongside his crew from their former YouTube channel, GoodNeighborStuff.
Mooney loves sports, so he can discuss that to no end with a Penn State crowd. Along with that, he’d be able to keep up with the drinking culture in Happy Valley easily — just check out him and his friends completing this awesome toast. Kyle, please make a visit to Penn State. Maybe you can even get in a rap battle with Kanye West, who himself has performed at the BJC.
Frankie Marzano: Sebastian Maniscalco
Looking at some of the notable people that have made their way into the Bryce Jordan Center, there is no reason why Sebastian Maniscalco can’t do a show in Happy Valley, too. If you come from an Italian family (like me), you’ve probably seen one of his shows already. If you never have, I highly suggest you watch it because it’s some of the funniest stuff out on the internet. Sebastian, if you’re reading this, please come to State College. Do it for your fellow Italians.
Mikey DeAngelis: Bo Burnham
Bo Burnham is an excellent comedian who puts on a great show. He certainly has humble origins, as he started his comedy career on YouTube over a decade ago. After gaining some traction on YouTube, he started doing live comedy, which led to some of my favorite comedy bits in recent memory, combing music and hilarious lyrics for funny and sometimes cynical pieces like the left vs. right brain song.
But now, he has worked his way up in the entertainment industry to put out some of the best specials in a while, including his relatable, beautifully shot, and bittersweet special, “Inside,” one of my favorite comedy works ever. His combination of music and comedy is thoroughly entertaining, and I think he could put on a great show here in State College if he ever decides to tour again.
Gabe Angieri: Frank Caliendo
Frank Caliendo is hilarious, and I’d love it if he came to the BJC for a performance. For those of you who don’t know him, Caliendo does impressions of famous people, whether that be sports figures or pop culture stars. From John Madden to Morgan Freeman, his impressions are spot on. I’ve seen him live once before, and it was incredible. Bring Caliendo to the BJC — maybe he’ll even give us a James Franklin impression.
Rico Gore: Chris Distefano
Chris, or Chrissy D, as his fans know him, is an up-and-coming comedian from New York City. He really started gaining popularity over the past year and a half through his podcast with Sal Vulcano from the Impractical Jokers called “Hey Babe!” and his solo podcast “Chrissy Chaos.” I just started listening to him last year because of “Hey Babe!” and I am now an avid fan. I listen to his podcasts every week. He often performs in comedy clubs but has upgraded to performing in theaters. I have yet to see him live, so having him at the BJC would make me cry fat tears. He is very raw and authentic. His real life is like a sitcom with crazy characters and outlandish stories, and they’d be great in a big arena like the BJC. This dude is just so blunt, real, and chaotic that Penn Staters need a little more Chrissy D in their lives.
Grace Cunningham: James “Murr” Murray
As a lifelong fan of “Impractical Jokers”, I would be so happy if Murr made a stop in Happy Valley. Although he’s not many people’s favorite joker of the bunch, I can really see him fitting in here at Penn State. I recently discovered that pranking is my true passion in life, so I’m hoping that Murr can give me some tips on how to up my hijinks game. Also, maybe he can give us the tea on why Joe abandoned the Impractical Jokers squad.
Tobey Prime: Michael Fractor
If you’ve been living under a rock, Michael Fractor jumped onto the scene after starring in Netflix’s “20 Somethings”, which aired late last year. By far, the funniest character on the show was Mr. Michael Fractor. He is actually an up-and-coming stand-up comedian, so I believe him showcasing his talents in Happy Valley is a perfect stepping stone for a long, illustrious career. If you haven’t checked out any of his work, check out his Instagram and tell me he wouldn’t absolutely kill a set at Penn State.
Sam Fremin: Chris Rock
I saw a Chris Rock performance one time. It slapped.
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