Comedy Night featured three stand-up comedians in the Kirkham Auditorium on Sept. 14 and 15.
The three comedians, Ryan Hamilton, Spencer King, and Bengt Washburn used topics such as cats, dating, hot air balloons, BYU-Idaho, learning new languages and more to tell their jokes.
King performed first, followed by Washburn and the night ended with Hamilton.
Washburn and Spencer currently live in Utah. Hamilton lives in New York.
Hamilton grew up in Ashton, Idaho and attended school here when it was called Ricks College.
He majored in communication and was a journalist for Scroll.
Both Hamilton and King have performed at BYU-Idaho.
Hamilton’s first time doing stand-up comedy was when he and his friends ran a radio show on the Ricks college campus. It wasn’t until Hamilton graduated from college that he started doing stand-up comedy as a full-time job.Those who enjoy his work may wonder where Hamilton gets all of his jokes.
“It all kinda just comes from life,” Hamilton said. “The challenge is to take a unique, relatable idea and spinning it into something funny for a wide audience. A lot of it is just getting on stage over and over and seeing what works.”
Hamilton practices most of his material in New York by going to different comedy clubs and seeing how the crowd likes them before integrating them into his usual routine.
“It’s really cool to be able to work there, among some of the best comedians who just drop in to work on material,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton’s routine stays about the same from day to day, but can change drastically over months.
When Hamilton prepares for a show, he prepares a general outline of the jokes he’s going to use.
“It’s always being tweaked and I’m always changing and adding and taking away from it, and I may for specific shows choose other stuff and give it priority,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton has done stand-up comedy, sometimes with King and Washburn, throughout the U.S. and in parts of Canada. Hamilton said that though he tailors his show to his audience, the outline stays about the same wherever he is performing.
“I pretty much do the same thing that I’m going to do here tonight that I would do in a basement in New York City,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton’s advice for anyone who is looking to go into stand-up comedy is to just get up on stage and do it.
“When you have funny ideas, start writing them down and then try things out on stage. And then just keep doing it. Do that hundreds of times,” Hamilton said. “There’s little things you can learn, but mostly it’s not something that someone can sit down and teach you about.”
Rachel Graves, a freshman studying English education said she enjoyed the show.
“Usually when you see comedians they’re either clean and not so funny or dirty and funny, but it was fun to see comedians that were funny and clean. I don’t remember laughing that hard in a really long time,” Graves said.
JB Preston, a sophomore studying political science also said he really enjoyed the show.
“There were a lot of jokes that I could relate to. I loved it. It was great,” Preston said.