Comedian and “The Daily Show” correspondent Jordan Klepper did his homework before his stand-up performance Saturday.
He poked fun at the University from its students to its sports. Klepper wondered aloud what the color buff actually looks like, and he took a few good-natured stabs at notable alumni like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and several politicians.
“GW is really good with preppy people who get screwed by the president,” he joked.
receSs, a student improv group, hosted the event in the nearly sold-out Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. Five student comedy groups from neighboring schools – including Georgetown University, the University of Delaware and the University of Maryland – as well as GW’s organizations performed before Klepper.
The event, called Slate: The World College Comedy Festival, is a chance for improv groups to mingle on and off stage, show off their comedy chops and take notes from well-known acts like Klepper. Amy Poehler performed at the first festival during the 1998-1999 school year.
On Saturday, Klepper talked about his Michigan roots: A native of Kalamazoo, he attended Central Michigan University before he moved to New York and auditioned for “The Daily Show.”
During the campus event, he looked through an audience member’s Instagram feed and got a few laughs as he jested at what he called millennials’ obsession with social media. He mocked the use of the app Yik Yak and bordered on preaching to the crowd, but his material was also relatable as he made students laugh at an easy target: themselves.
Klepper also translated his real life fear of the future into a virtual metaphor. He compared growing up to playing the old “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” video game: He is the character Mikey, he said, and his friend, Donatello, leaves him to go have a kid.
“I can’t fight Shredder alone – all I know how to do is party and eat pizza,” Klepper said.