It’s true, three of the cast members of Saturday Night Live will be on campus next month, and it’s going to be March Madness! First, on the 19th at Irvine, SPEC Connaissance is bringing longtime SNL star Jason Sudeikis, because Sudeikis is the natural follow up to Sanjay (we’re not complaining). Buy tickets for $5 here or on Locust for the discussion of Jason’s path to SNL superstardom and becoming Olivia Wilde’s fiancéeand January Jones’ maybebabydaddy.
Then, on the 27th at the Penn Museum’s Harrison Auditorium (tickets here, $5 in advance), his hilarious costars, newcomer Kate McKinnon and Penn alum Vanessa Bayer, will host an evening of standup and improv comedy, along with someone named Nick Vatterott. While we wish Kristen Wiig would join her ex-colleagues, we’re still freakin’ excited. See the pretty cool sketch above, with Vanessa and Jason!
Looking to make a name for yourself at Penn? Craving eternal stardom? Want to perform at Fling? SPEC wants to give YOU the chance to perform in the Quad during the two-day festival. All you have to do is send in a few samples of your talent to email@example.com.
But act fast, the deadline is this Sunday! So grab your instruments, warm up those voices, and shake that thang because Fling is right around the corner, and we would love to see youwhistle while you work it.
Read the full details here! Open to all bands, singers, dance groups, a cappella groups, awesome people, etc.
Update: Spotted all over campus this morning, various music stars and some cheeky messages to the “public.” We know SPEC said to keep an eye out today, but something seems a little fishy about this being so… obvious. Are they trying to clue us in, or play games with our heartz? Let UTB know your thoughts in the comments!
Are you the next Nate Silver? Do you think you know who’s coming to Fling this year? In response to all the smart asses throwing their guesses around with the certainty of biblical prophets, SPEC is holding a contest that gives students the opportunity to predict this year’s lineup for the chance to win a coveted floor pass. It’s easy! Just have your mom’s psychic fill out this form.
Did we catch you by surprise? That’s right, all you student groups! Your flyers are now subject to critical review. It’s time to design to impress. This week’s winner is SPEC and Jazz & Grooves for their flyer about tonight’s concert at PiLam. Look at those colors! Not to mention, it features half of this guy’s face! Pretty schnazzy, eh? Don’t be too sad, the competition will continue next week (looking at you, Mask and Wig. You have several more chances to win (maybe)). Want to impress us? We like humor and pretty colors.
Introducing “Locust Flaikus”, the horribly-named feature that brings both Locust flyers and haikus together as one. It’s creative, we know.
Your group matters to us, so if 1) you’re willing to bear the frigid cold and 2) you’re talented enough to get a flyer into the hands of one of our esteemed writers, you’ll get a haiku written about your event. Simple. Best flyer gets their own post.And here’s week 1:
Beautopious Men Futuristic show
See it seventeen more times!
Funny, Mask and Wig.
[Disclaimer: This post was part of our Joke Day series. Didn't the font tip you off?] Canadian power ballad babies Nickelback along with human with voice Susan Boyle are slated to appear at this year’s Spring Fling, says a SPEC source who we totally didn’t get drunk to force secrets from. The two superstar musical acts, who will be visiting campus in mid-April, will complete SPEC’s vision for this year’s Fling theme of “EFF U PENN,” a follow-up to last year’s popular “Once Upon a Fling” theme.
When reached for comment, Nickelback responded, “We totally don’t sound like an autotuned garbage disposal, guys. Why would you say that?” Susan Boyle, on the other hand, was all, “I’m, like, totally a good idea for Fling.” And there you have it, folks, another Spring Fling we can’t WAIT to get down and dirty for. Thanks, SPEC!
This Friday, Mask and Wig is putting on its 15th annual ComFest, an intercollegiate comedy festival. This year’s show will be hosted by celebrity guest Greg Proops, known for his appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Chelsea Lately. Sketch groups from universities like NYU and Tufts received special invitations to perform as well, and from their glowing descriptions on the ComFest website, we get the impression that Mask and Wig is basically the Regina George of the college comedy world. You really can’t help but love them.
When you see Mask and Wig on Locust this week, it might be worth it to take out your security earbuds. Stop staring at your shoes. Wipe off the flyer-proof bitch face and buy a ticket to this hilarious event that sounds like, but isn’t, a collegiate Comic-Con.
Friarside Coffeehouse Who: Friars Senior Society and Penn Habitat for Humanity When and where: Wednesday, 8 p.m.; The Castle (36th and Locust) Why: It’s a tasting menu of all the wonderful performing arts groups on campus with coffee and other yums. For $6! Getcha tix on the Walk.