With an endless number of stories to tell, comedian Max Lance took the stage with a full house laid out before him in the Student Union Den Jan. 21. Primarily making fun of himself, Lance’s routine focused on his own personal failures. From past girlfriends, to college to life after dropping out, Lance connected with the audience by making light of issues that some audience members could obviously relate to.
Local resident Robert Bennet and his wife attended the show.
“He had a way of talking to himself that was horribly entertaining,” Bennet said. “Most of the time it felt as if he were just up there telling himself his own life story, and I found it tragically funny.”
It was this same strange humor that captivated the audience throughout the entire show, as Lance supported a routine consisting of exaggerated stories pulled from his own life.
Lance spent time talking about his college years and even more time on the years immediately after he dropped out.
“So I moved back into my parents place, and after a while they started charging me rent,” Lance said. “Do you realize what that would say about me? If I could afford to pay rent and of all the places I could rent, I chose to live at my parents, sleeping on an air mattress.”
But more than just a tribute to his own life’s failings, Lance hit a chord with some students who could relate to some of the stories.
Gerry Tannoy, a freshman, understood the truth behind some of Lance’s jokes.
“He talked about periods when all he seemed to do was watch television, and all the stupid things that are put on the air,” Tannoy said. “Sad to admit, I knew what he meant and that only made his comments funnier.”
Lance went further than to say he watched too much television. He went so far to say he quit college and dedicated his life to the pursuit of nothing.
“Everyone told me ‘Do what you love and money will follow,’ so I did nothing,” he said, “and the money failed to follow.”
Brittany Santener, a junior biology major, also enjoyed Lance’s way of taking real-life situations to an extreme, turning what would normally be a sad situation into an entertaining one.
“Who doesn’t want to do nothing? But most people either can’t or won’t admit that they do nothing,” Santener said. “So hearing the comedian’s routine on nothing was great.”