PHOTO TEST: Montclair State hosts third volume of SLAM’s comedy event series

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The Montclair State University Student Government Association (SGA) Programming Board hosted the third volume of the Student Life at Montclair (SLAM) comedy series with special guest comedians Rashaun Reese and Chico Bean on Saturday, October 1. The evening was a fun way for the students to laugh and have a good time.

Richard Steiner-Otoo, recent graduate in earth and environmental sciences and president of the SGA, explained the event.

The students dance and have fun while waiting for the actors to come on stage.
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“[The event] is a comedy show, the third comedy show SLAM has done,” Steiner-Otoo said. “[Students] are going to see two artists, one of whom is Chico Bean, who is very popular for being a cast member of ‘[Nick Cannon Presents:] Wild ‘N Out’, so we’re really excited to have a good laugh today.

Rashaun Reese takes the stage.

Rashaun Reese takes the stage.
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The students were looking forward to the show for various reasons.

Jade Hunter, a film and television major and director of SLAM’s programming board, commented on the event’s return.

Rashaun Reese interacts with the crowd.

Rashaun Reese interacts with the crowd.
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“Last year because of [COVID-19], we couldn’t have one unfortunately,” Hunter said. “So [this is] just bringing back old traditions.

Maggie Dawn, a theater studies major who volunteered to give people t-shirts at the event, shared her excitement.

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Chico Bean is a cast member of “Wild ‘N Out”. Dani Mazariegos | The Montclarion

“I’m really excited to see the actors perform,” Dawn said. “I think it’s an event that hasn’t happened in a while, and I think it’s going to be really great to have everyone come on a Saturday.”

Tara Mastroianni, an exercise science major, also spoke of her excitement.

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Chico Bean visited Montclair State on October 1. Dani Mazariegos | The Montclarion

“[I’m looking forward to] just laugh,” Mastroianni said. “I hope it’s something that can ease the stress of [school] and everything, and I think laughing is such a good thing.

Chico Bean gets the students on stage.

Chico Bean gets the students on stage.
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Bursting with energy, some students ended up dancing to the music played by the DJ as they waited for the event to begin. The students even had the opportunity to battle dance on stage for the opportunity to meet Chico Bean during the event.

Rashaun Reese introduces Chico Bean to the crowd.

Rashaun Reese introduces Chico Bean to the crowd.
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Reese took to the stage to warm up to the Chico Bean students, interacting with them and keeping the crowd lively until it was time for the headliner to take the stage.

Finally, Chico Bean arrived and the students burst into applause. He continued to play for an hour, entertaining the crowd and laughing throughout his set. At times, he even offered advice to students and took suggestions from the crowd on topics for discussion.

The students dance as they fight for the chance to meet Chico Bean.

The students dance as they fight for the chance to meet Chico Bean.
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The comedian also gave the audience a chance to ask him questions about “Wild ‘N Out,” his career, and advice from his personal experience. Chico Bean ended the evening by bringing a few lucky students on stage to play a popular game from the show called “Family Reunion.”

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