Comedy Jamm at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase last night was interesting, as always. 12 comedians took the stage, bringing with them the good, the bad, and the ugly of comedic attempts. Only a few of the 12 were really funny, a few were somewhat painful to watch, and the rest were somewhere in between. For the most part, the night was anti-climactic. I always hope to find a comedian who is really funny, who gets a genuine laugh from me and the rest of the crowd. People who go to comedy clubs love to laugh–that’s what we’re there for. There were a few jokes that made me sincerely burst out into laughter, but for most of the show the audience gave a courtesy-laugh so the comedians would feel comfortable.
Even though I didn’t find a new favorite comedian last night, I still really enjoyed myself. With 12 comedians all giving their stories and observations, you’re bound to find a few jokes to be laugh-worthy. I realized that the search for good comedy is half the fun, and Comedy Jamm is a great, cheap way to hear new comedians do their thing. Through all of the bad jokes, the uncomfortable sexual or racist jokes, the awkward comedian who refers to the scribbles in his notebook on stage, it feels really good to finally see someone with a good sense of humor, who points out what’s funny about everyday life. The comedy club is a great place to get away from the pressures and stresses of being a student and remember that life isn’t meant to be taken so seriously.