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Comedian Dillon Garcia performs on the first day of spring semester, Feb. 4 to kick off Welcome Back Week. The Campus Activities Board hosted events every night Monday through Thursday in the Campus Center ballroom.

Comedian Dillon Garcia performs on the first day of spring semester, Feb. 4 to kick off Welcome Back Week. The Campus Activities Board hosted events every night Monday through Thursday in the Campus Center ballroom.

Erica Maurice
Staff Writer

“Welcome back week” began with a laugh as crowds of students gathered in the Campus Center Ballroom to watch comedian Dillon Garcia.

The show was hosted by the Campus Activities Board and was led by senior criminology major and CAB chair Carina Gonzalez.

“We saw him at a conference and he was funny so we hoped to see people laugh.”

The show opened with comedian Shaun Latham which was a fun supprise.

His stand-up comedy performance ranged from topics like legalizing marijuana to how important his iPhone is to him.

Latham also joked about himself and his lazy eye.

He explained how he would check girls out and when he was accused of staring at some guy’s girlfriend he would play it off like they were just being insensitive to his lazy eye.

Gabrielle Ontiveros, senior speech communications major, said she liked how Latham made fun of his lazy eye because she knows someone who has one and everything he said was true.

The audience agreed he was funny, but not as funny as Garcia.

Garcia won the crowd over with jokes that ranged from making fun of himself, to making fun of the generation gap and to making fun of fast food restaurants.

“Once you go chubby you want to make him your hubby,” Garcia said.

In one of Garcia’s jokes, he pointed out how unfair it is that diamonds are a girls best friend while men are stuck with their dogs.

“The second act he was funny all around,” said Michael Wahba, senior history major.

Another part of the show that stood out was when Garcia talked about differences between the older generation and the younger generation.

He pointed out that the older generation should not complain about the younger generation because the younger generation is the product of the older generation.

Garcia started comedy when he was 16 and by 17 he became the youngest comedian to appear on Comedy Central and is currently on a college tour.

At the end of the show Garcia decided to do a little improve and brought up Ontiveros from the audience.

Ontiveros was a high school friend of Garcia and was happy to help out.

Together they did a crowd pleasing act that would have been awkward if they did not know each other.

Although Ontiveros had fun going on stage she did not expect it.

“I just told him to give me a shout out,” Ontiveros said.

It was her first time seeing him perform and is glad she went.

“By far the best crowd on the college tour,” Garcia said.

Everyone in the crowd enjoyed the show and there were no hecklers.

“We wanted to kick it off with a comedian on the first day of school,” Gonzalez said.

Erica Maurice can be reached at erica.maurice@laverne.edu.

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