Homecoming weekend brought two comedy shows to the University of New Hampshire campus. Friday night, The Shock T’s performed preceded by UNH’s own Improve Anonymous as an opening act. The Shock T’s performed a music and comedy show, which was a true homecoming experience.
The Shock T’s are composed of Tyler Paterson, Sarah Shockey and Tim Dunn. One of the three members of The Shock T’s, Paterson, is a UNH alumnus himself. He graduated in 2006 having studied English.
“I thought tonight went really well, The Shock T’s were awesome, and it was really exciting to see Tyler Paterson because he was on Improv Anonymous before it was even Improv Anonymous,” Kayleigh Kane, a junior and part of Improv Anonymous, said.
While he attended UNH, Paterson was a part of the Theater Sports organization, which is now called Improv Anonymous.
“It was great, it was a trip,” Paterson said. “To see Improv Anonymous specifically, it was very nostalgic. To be here with a group that started out of my two best friends having fun, writing songs, doing something that not many people do, and then being successful enough to have the opportunity to bring your act around the country and to come back to my school is really a mind trip.”
Paterson added that he was humbled to be brought back as a headlining act.
“We don’t get to tour around a ton, so when we do it is always like a vacation combined with doing a show which is awesome,” Shockey said.
The Shock T’s performed one of their final shows over Homecoming weekend.
“We are on our final tour,” Shockey said.
There are two more dates left in Chicago for the final tour. The Shock T’s have been together for five years.
“We had a big deep discussion about it and lets just end on a high note as opposed to two or three years down the road when we are all hating each other,” Paterson said.
“And pregnant,” Dunn added.
“None of The Shock T’s have ever dated,” Shockey said, “and I want that in the article.”
On Saturday night, stand-up comic Jeff Dye and opening act Brian Moote performed.
“My favorite part [of the show] was how compassionate [the audience was] at the fake people who got murdered in my jokes,” Moote said. “Or hurt…when I elbowed the old lady in the face, they were really like, they felt bad for that old lady. They were concerned they knew that her fake family probably was angry about me telling the story and like her fake grandkids were probably like planning my revenge scenario,” Moote continued.
Dave Zamansky, assistant director of the Memorial Union Building, said 70 people attended The Shock T’s show and over 200 people attended the Jeff Dye show.
Zamansky said that the money for both events came from University Events and Programs instead of coming out of the MUB budget.