More from the Voice‘s interviews with Georgetown comedy alums

In this week’s issue of the Voice, I had the chance to talk to quite a few former Georgetown comedians. Unfortunately, we didn’t have space for all of their quotes in the article, so here are a few of the extras:

Alison Becker (COL ’99) on the advantages of being a comedian at Georgetown:

“Because the comedy vibe at Georgetown was so under the radar of the administration, we did whatever we wanted. It was student-run, and that’s how comedy should be: without rules. And Georgetown gave me something that few other schools could have: the chance to create with genuinely intelligent people. You can’t be an idiot and be a good comedian. You have to play to the height of your intelligence. And I am thankful that my fellow improv players challenged me intellectually and comedically. “

Mike Birbiglia (COL ’00) on benefiting from Georgetown’s erudite culture and bureaucratic red-tape:

“The upside of Georgetown is that I was surrounded by people from all different fields. government, language, science. so in some ways, I feel like I benefited by osmosis, and it gave me a slightly more balanced view of the world.”

“When I was at Georgetown, I resented the administration and bureaucracy of the performing arts, but when I have distance from it I can see that they really have more of a long view and that yes, it was a struggle to get something up and running on campus but that actually there ought to be a struggle of some kind, because the struggle students will face when they leave Georgetown is far more arduous.”

Brian Donovan (COL ’00) on the way that his struggles with Administrative Director Ron Lignelli for practice space and performance rights ended up helping him:

“Ron said: ‘It’s going to make you better. As hard as I’m making it, it will make you better because you will be trying harder to get your stuff produced.’ We had to fight so hard to succeed that it really benefitted us, preparing us for the amount of work that’s required to succeed as professionals”

Professor John Glavin on what separates Georgetown from some of the more “artsy” schools:

“Everyone at NYU is always talking about the wonderful work they are going to do, but never finish, while at Georgetown everyone works all the time, and they get things done. I think an artist needs to know things, lots of different kinds of things, and she or he needs to know how to think analytically, about themselves, about the world, about the genres in which they work. That’s what Georgetown offers.”

KrollNick Kroll (COL ’01) on Georgetown’s reluctance to support the Georgetown Players:

“I saw that money and resources were channeled to the a capella groups, they were channeled to Mask and Bauble, whereas we were very cheap alternative. I do feel that we were taken for granted a bit. It sort of baffles me that they haven’t done more to keep us involved.”

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