Despite the hoots and hollers of the volleyball match in the Sports Center, a roaring laughter could be heard from the Campus Center Den last Friday. The University of Alaska Anchorage Student Activities proudly presented the comedienne Retta, at First Stop Fridays, the second of their fall entertainment series.
Breaking in the audience with current events, Retta started her bit with jokes about Arabic backlash. Retta transitioned into jokes about herself and traveling on the road, discussing the drama of ordering fast food take-out and watching television in hotel rooms. After both the audience and Retta became more acquainted, the polished comedienne appealed more directly to college students, her target audience, cracking jokes about discovery channel mating and college experiences.
“Aaron Spelling is the reason I am in entertainment,” Retta said in an interview. After watching Model's Inc., which aired on the Fox network years back, she realized that she could act just as good, or better as any of the actors on the show. So she sarcastically gives Spelling credit for her inspiration.
Originally from New Jersey and later attending school at Duke in North Carolina, Retta told stories about taking exams in college, guy and girl dating along with celebrity bad grammar. Currently residing in Los Angeles Retta performs regular gigs in the city.
Retta's comedy expresses “…her dealing with people around her who are incompetent,” she told an acquaintance.
First Stop Fridays provides a good on campus venue for students to engage as a community while enjoying visiting acts. Student Activities has managed to arrange a function that gives campus dwellers as well as active members in the UAA community a chance to unwind at the end of the school week and witness live talents.
Latin Fun Night, scheduled for Oct. 5 at 8-10 p.m. welcomes singer and songwriter Irene Farrera. Admission for students costs five dollars and ten for non-students. First Stop Friday has started a trend of showcasing quality acts for university students and plans on continuing, hopefully throughout the spring.