September 28, 2011 - 1:42am
BY CHELSEA LANDRY
LOL and ROFL are more than texting acronyms for a group of University students.
The LOL ROFL Comedy Club, a student group started five years ago, offers students interested in comedy an outlet to practice stand-up. Engineering sophomore Erich Laux, co-president of LOL ROFL, wrote in an e-mail interview that LOL ROFL is the only comedy group at the University that focuses primarily on stand-up, rather than other forms of comedy.
The group welcomes experienced comedians as well as inexperienced students who appreciate comedy, Laux wrote.
“We have weekly meetings where we come together with new joke ideas, tell them to each other, and help tweak/improve them so they are ready to be told on stage,” Laux wrote.
All University students are welcome to join the group’s meetings and attend any of LOL ROFL’s free performances, which occur every few months.
LSA senior Ron Harlow, the club’s historian, said that unlike other comedy clubs on campus, LOL ROFL does not require auditions.
“Anyone who has ever wanted to try stand-up is welcome to drop in on any of our workshops and get constructive feedback on their jokes,” Harlow said.
Harlow, who has been a member of LOL ROFL for four years and is a former co-president, added that the group also goes to see comedians and might plan a flash mob for this year.
With the demands and stress students experience on campus, Laux wrote that the group strives for a casual atmosphere.
“LOL ROFL is a laid back organization that isn’t a huge time commitment, but all of our members still manage to have plenty of laughs,” Laux wrote. “What’s better than hanging out with your friends and telling jokes?”