By Melissa Lindley
Off-color and sarcastic college-themed humor filled the Bart Luedeke Center during comedian Eric Nieves’ visit on Monday, Nov. 5.
According to Nieves, much of the inspiration for his comedy comes from the cultural melting pot he experienced while growing up poor and living in an urban environment. Born and raised in the Bronx, Nieves got his start by entering a local comedy club’s open mic contest.
Since then, he has performed as a featured artist on Showtime at the Apollo, opened for renowned comic Dave Chappelle, performed at the Laugh Factory Comedy Club in Los Angeles and appeared in the movie Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power as a gangster.
“It was a highlight to have my mom watch me get shot,” he said, in reference to his acting debut.
During his routine, Nieves covered a wide range of subjects without hesitation and touched on everything from growing up in a Puerto Rican community in the Bronx to weird college roommate situations and awkward sexual encounters during college.
Nieves also joked about family pressure to have babies, what’s on a guy’s mind when he meets a girl and what the stereotypical expectation of a college hookup sounds like, while still managing to encourage safe sex.
“Sex is dangerous,” he said to the audience. “You could catch something — like a kid.”
During the show, Nieves took it upon himself to help men figure out the confusing workings of the female mind. He took no prisoners when it came to poking fun at women, discussing how they travel in groups to the bathroom, how there’s always a leader of the pack and how there’s no hiding a woman’s reaction when she sees an unattractive man. Even the women in the audience couldn’t resist chuckling at the amusing truth of their behavior.
The comedian encouraged the audience to participate during the majority of his routine. Nieves also kept everyone on his or her toes with his risqué gestures, spontaneous body movement and facial expressions.
Students felt Nieves’ humor about sex, weird families and awkward teenage experiences was something with which they could identify.
“I thought that he was awesome and very relatable to students,” senior psychology major Brittany Blythe said.
Nieves’ appearance seemed to be a nice homecoming after the tension that Hurricane Sandy brought about.
“I enjoyed the show,” senior elementary education major Kim Warren said. “It was a good welcome back to school after a week off. He was also the only comedian this year who didn’t make fun of our mascot.”
Whether students were still recovering from several weeks of exam burnout or getting back into a routine after a stressful storm, it appears that Nieves helped prove that laughter is indeed the best medicine.