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Comedian with local ties interacts, entertains at Lydia’s Lounge

Jason Derulo and Mike Posner weren’t the only recent entertainment on campus.

On April 7 Bradley welcomed comedian Kevin Bozeman to Lydia’s Lounge for some laughs.

A Chicago native, Bozeman has performed many comedy festivals and has even appeared on Comedy Central. His Chicago background worked to his advantage in his set and he was even familiar with Peoria, having family that attended Bradley. Opening with this fact allowed him to get on common ground with the audience and set a solid tone for the show.

His ability to connect with the students right away was the tell-all sign for a good set to come. College kids can be a tough crowd, but Bozeman’s ability to pinpoint stereotypical college issues was perfect for this group.  

Some crowd pleasers included jokes about multiple major changes, drunken munchies and Facebook.

Internet critics describe Bozeman’s act as high energy and offering a unique perspective on issues.

His Lydia’s set was no different.  He took some serious and controversial topics such as Hurricane Katrina and the election of President Obama and turned them into jokes all could laugh at.

Bozeman has a talent for giving a new perspective to just about any topic. Based off the reactions of the crowd, he determined how to work his next joke into the set, creating a nice flow from joke to joke.

A good example of this was his crowd interaction. One of the best parts of his act was when he had a conversation with someone in the audience who had been commenting on his jokes all night.

Bozeman’s ability to go from his original set to freestyling and interacting personally with members of the audience showed his versatility. The audience really appreciated the interaction. Since the crowd was smaller, the act was more personal and more entertaining, especially when it’s your friend being called out.

There was just a college appeal in Bozeman’s comedy.  He knew how to grasp the attention of his audience and keep them focused and entertained until the last second. By the time his act ended, the crowd had shared many things – a good time, lots of laughs and an experience worth enjoying on the rainy Thursday evening.