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O’Sullivan’s musical parodies bring laughter to MC

February 4, 2011

Singing comedian Brian O’Sullivan came to Monmouth on Friday Jan. 28, to entertain students in the Wells Theatre. According to Danielle Tucker, assistant director of campus events, 171 students packed into the Wells Theatre to see the comedian, who used an amplified acoustic guitar and an iPod to perform. Monmouth was one of his 52 shows on his tour.

The O’Sullivan’s repertoire consisted of original songs, such as “The Girl in the Sunglasses,” “I’m Stalking You,” and “Walk of Shame,” as well as parodied songs. The parodied songs featured a series of different artists, including Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA,” which was parodied to, “Part of a Robbery,” Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” which became “TMNT,” and the Fray’s “Cable Car (Over my head),” which became “Facebook (Not Cable Car).”

Among some of the activities of the night, O’Sullivan greeted the audience at the door, had the audience shout out lyrics, dressed up as Waldo, and even had senior Jim Fry join him on the stage to help parody the theme song to the cartoon show “Duck Tales.”

“Since I was in the second grade, I wanted to be Jim Carrey. I wanted to act, but I ended up falling into standup comedy instead,” said O’Sullivan.

O’Sullivan also discussed the pros and cons of being a singing comedian.

“The most flattering thing that someone can do is laugh. To hear a room filled with laughter is amazing… You travel a lot [though]. You get months off at a time,” said O’Sullivan.

Another downside O’Sullivan mentioned are the nights when the show does not go as planned.

“If I’m not having a good show, I’ll dwell on that for a while,” said O’Sullivan.

According to the audience, however, the show went very well.

“It sounded interesting and funny. I’ve never heard of a singing comedian before,” said freshman Jennifer Simmons. “I didn’t know what to expect. It sounded unique.”

“[My] favorite part was when he sang songs about Miley Cyrus and did his ‘Where is Waldo’ song,” said sophomore Dawn Williams.

To O’Sullivan, being a singing comedian is only the beginning of his career.

“I’m hoping to transition this into acting,” said O’Sullivan. “I love meeting new people, and if I was guaranteed a show every night and could travel, I would do it in a heartbeat.”

Contributing Writer

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