Comedian plays 10 characters in free show on campus
- Sep. 17, 2012
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Award-winning comedian Jessica Johnson isn’t just funny by herself; she’s as funny as 10 different people.
“Oblivious to Everyone,” a one-woman show written and published by Johnson, is meant for a student audience. Named Best National Solo Artist, Johnson has performed at several universities including Kansas State, Missouri State and Berkeley. She keeps audiences entertained with her portrayal of a woman with multiple personalities, playing a variety of ages and races.
“The ten different characters help to show the many ways the media has impacted us, good and bad,” Johnson said.
In a light-hearted way, Johnson’s performance shows how stereotypes and pressures that prevail in the media affect people. She overdramatizes assumptions about groups of people. Johnson’s main character Carrie, who bears a striking resemblance to Paris Hilton, has an unhealthy obsession with celebrities and the media.
“I call it a ‘dramedy,” Johnson said. “It is a drama but it definitely has its comedy as well.”
Kaitlin DeJong, films and media coordinator for Student Union Activities, saw some of Johnson’s videos online and thought she was hilarious.
“This is a different kind of event than I’ve ever seen,” DeJong said. ”It’s a unique comedy event with a lecture.”
Johnson will perform “Oblivious to Everyone” tonight at 7 p.m. in the Kansas Union and is free to attend.
— Edited by Emma McElhaney