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Amy Anderson performed her stand up comedy routine on Tuesday night in Morgan Auditorium. During her performance, Anderson joked about racial stereotypes, motherhood and growing up as an adopted child with Swedish parents in Minnesota. She has been featured on Comedy Central, GSN, VH1, Showtime and “The Tom Joyner Show.” / photo by Debora Escobar

Amy Anderson performed her stand up comedy routine on Tuesday night in Morgan Auditorium. During her performance, Anderson joked about racial stereotypes, motherhood and growing up as an adopted child with Swedish parents in Minnesota. She has been featured on Comedy Central, GSN, VH1, Showtime and “The Tom Joyner Show.” / photo by Debora Escobar

Veronica Orozco
Staff Writer

On Tuesday night laughter broke the eerie silence that characterizes Founders Hall.

The noise erupted from Morgan Auditorium as students and faculty responded to comedian Amy Anderson’s stand up performance.

The night began with students quietly walking into the auditorium in small groups and the audience soon grew to more than 60.

The room began buzzing with the chuckles and murmurs of anticipating spectators only to quiet down as Michael Ryan Cesena, CAB’s intramural chairman, walked on stage to introduce the night’s performer.

Anderson casually walked out in jeans and an Alvin and the Chipmunks sweatshirt, later explaining it was not only for her love of the talented furry creatures but also because it is her initials.

She began by announcing that her agent had just called to notify her she had just been adopted by Angelina Jolie’s right leg.

After a slow start to the performance, Anderson talked about how she was born in South Korea, adopted by Swedish parents and raised in suburban Minnesota.

The bulk of her performance consisted of her describing instances where she had been racially profiled, or explaining how Asians are the only ethnic group that is socially acceptable to poke fun at.

“I get my material from my life, my experiences or just things that I see going on,” Anderson said.

After she concluded her bit about Asians being the only ethnic group that remains unintegrated, she began talking about her daughter and her success in television.

Anderson said that her daughter, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, is one of the most well-known babies in the entertainment industry for her role as Lily on ABC’s “Modern Family.”

She continued by joking about how her daughter makes more money than she does, yet she still has to drive her to work every day because she is only 4.

“The fact that her daughter is on that show is amazing because it is my favorite show and she is so funny about it,” freshman Jenni Peterson said.

Throughout the performance Anderson maintained animated and entertaining to watch.

With only a microphone stand and a wooden stool as her props, Anderson demonstrated how she would act if Brad Pitt wanted to spank her for being a bad girl.

She also acted out how a koala and squirrel would battle it out to the death.

The whole time Anderson was performing, she kept the audience engaged by poking fun at several of them for a variety of reasons: being Asian, denying parents Facebook friendship, or telling them their muscular physiques will not last.

“It was pretty hilarious and I liked her racial jokes because they were all so true,” freshman Ashley Harris said.

“I have been working on this since we got back in February,” Cesena said.

“I think it was a success especially for my first entertainment event.”

Veronica Orozco can be reached at veronica.orozco@laverne.edu.

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