GAC Comedy Night Helps Students Reduce Stress
Submitted on September 28, 2018
College life is serious business as students focus on their academics and on getting a solid Georgetown College education. But it’s not all work and no play. GAC sees to that.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. in the student lounge of Cralle Student Center, GAC, the Georgetown Activities Council, is sponsoring a free Comedy Caravan night featuring standup comedians Matt Stanton and Krish Mohan.
Stanton, a 13-year comedy veteran, is the headliner. Often described as a “clean comic sensation,” he performs at clubs, colleges, and military bases as well as corporate events all over the country. He has appeared on The Bob and Tom Show on the radio, HBO, Showtime, The Tonight Show, CONAN, and Clean Guys of Comedy, among numerous others.
Mohan is a socially conscious Indian standup comedian and writer. He is described on his website, https://ramannoodlescomedy.com/, as one who captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds with his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor.
There is a seriousness of purpose to GAC’s monthly comedy nights, however. Director of Student Engagement Ross Buskey points out that research shows that laughter is an incredibly powerful medicine. He says it has been proven to boost immunity, decrease pain, relax the body, and release large amounts of the ultimate feel-good drug endorphins.
“Associations like the American Heart Association tell us laughter may prevent heart disease, lowering stress and anxiety levels dramatically, and enhancing resilience to harsh situations,” commented Buskey. “GAC hopes that through its monthly comedy offerings students can come to understand that how individuals deal with everyday problems can be crucial in psychological and physical health. Socially, it strengthens relationships and helps form new bonds, while maintaining the ultimate power of defusing conflicts and misunderstandings.”
GAC offers a variety of other events throughout the semester to help students relax and enjoy time with one another. Since the start of school in August, for example, GAC has sponsored Weeks of Welcome aka WOW and long-standing traditions like the annual Grubfest (think food fights and tug ‘o war in the mud) and a Watermelon Bust.
Then there’s Songfest (a Homecoming weekend event whereby groups compete with skits written and performed by students), Hanging of the Green, Nov. 29 (a Christmas candlelight service), and Belle of the Blue & Beaus, Too Feb. 22, 2019 (the annual scholarship pageant showcasing intelligence, talent, and poise of both ladies and gents).
These are but a few of the activities. The full schedule may be followed online at www.georgetowncollege.edu. Look for “upcoming events” on the home page.