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Comedian Michelle Buteau performs in Founders Auditorium

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Staring at his new Michelle Buteau DVD, Alex Robinson had to name five Jay-Z songs to earn it. Comedian Buteau, who performed in Founders Auditorium on Monday night, has been featured on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and was a contestant on the show “Last Comic Standing.” / photo by Rafael Anguiano
Staring at his new Michelle Buteau DVD, Alex Robinson had to name five Jay-Z songs to earn it. Comedian Buteau, who performed in Founders Auditorium on Monday night, has been featured on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and was a contestant on the show “Last Comic Standing.” / photo by Rafael Anguiano

Victoria Farlow
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne’s Campus Activity Board welcomed comedian Michelle Buteau Monday evening.

Buteau was on this season of Last Comic Standing.

The comic has also appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and VH1’s “Black to the Future.”

Nearly 45 people were attendance in Founder’s Auditorium.

Sophomore liberal studies major, Rachel deBos is CAB’s comedy chair.

“I’m actually really excited for Michelle,” deBos said. “She is hilarious and really easy to relate to. I think this will be a big hit.”

Once Buteau took the stage of Founders, the audience’s laughter hardly stopped.

Buteau touched on blind dates, bad advice, Facebook and New Year’s resolutions.

The audience roared when Buteau insulted students and called out sophomore broadcast journalism major Keiki Chelliah when she walked in late.

“Oh my gosh, Michelle’s awesome and she knows it,” junior psychology major Jazmyne Lewis said. “She’s real and she tells it like it is without limits.”

Lewis, CAB’s multicultural chairwoman agreed with deBos that Buteau can relate to people.

Buteau related to ULV students by asking audience members about college life.

Toward the end of her act, Buteau pulled Chelliah and freshman criminology major Alex Robinson on stage.

Buteau encouraged the audience to hum the “Jeopardy” theme song while Chelliah and Robinson thought of five Coldplay and Jay-Z songs.

Robinson won a copy of Buteau’s DVD “Buteaupia.”

Beuteau gave Chelliah a t-shirt with her catch phrase “from the waste down!”

Lauren Rochelle, a comedian from Los Angeles opened for Buteau.

Few audience members laughed at Rochelle’s jokes about her age and sexual peak.

Rochelle joined the comedy scene five years ago and began stand up at an open mic night.

“I’m opinionated and loud,” Rochelle said. “I like to point out things that confuse me and see if anyone agrees with me.”

Rochelle and Buteau became friends through performing comedy in New York.

“I had a really good time. It’s fun going back to college,” Rochelle said. “It’s been ten years since I graduated; it’s so fun and free.”

After the event, audience members crowded around Buteau to talk to her.

“I’ve been into comedy for 10 minutes or seven years; it’s all the same,” Buteau said.

Buteau said she had really enjoyed her time on “Last Comic Standing.”

“I was the first comic sitting,” Buteau said. “If you missed me it was because you blinked during the first second of the first episode.”

Buteau was raised in Manhattan, New York.

Buteau said that she enjoyed her night in La Verne.

“I like going to different places,” Buteau said. “I come to California a lot.”

deBos said that the event went well and that she was happy about the large turn out.

The comedy chairwoman was glad that the audience responded well to Buteau.

Buteau encourages fans and students to reach her on Myspace.com and Facebook.com

Buteau’s DVD “Buteautopia” and other information on the comic can be found at michellebuteau.com.

Victoria Farlow can be reached at victoria.farlow@laverne.edu.

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