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By Kathryn Davison '16
Staff Writer
American Comedian Alexandra McHale sent the crowd into fits of laughter during her recent performance at Dickinson College. On Saturday, Feb. 9 the Multi-Organizational Board (MOB) brought McHale to the Union Station for a live performance. McHale, who has appeared on Jay Leno and Comedy Central, brought with her an act that touched on everything from supernatural school buildings to her strong Irish blood.
“Based on the 15-minute showcase Alexandra McHale presented at the most recent National Association for Campus Activities meeting, the members of MOB felt her humor would be a good fit for Dickinson’s campus,” said Variety Chair of the Multi-Organizational board Mika Roque ’15.

“We decided to hold this event in the [Union Station] because it’s a less formal setting than ATS,” added Roque. “With the Depot being torn down, we thought it would be best to take advantage of the [Union Station’s] small size.”

McHale spoke about college majors and wonky college relationships between couples and at parties, topics to which much of the audience could relate. She also discussed her experiences with haunted buildings on campus.

After the performance, members of the student audience sang the comedian’s praise.

“I thought she was great,” said Brandon Griest ’16, a member of the audience. “Her content fit with the age group and the smaller venue was better.”

“It was a good decision by MOB. She was entertaining all the way through the act,” said Chris Wolf ’14.

“She was very personable and engaged a lot with the audience,” said Hector Meza ’13.

Whenever groups entered the Union Station, she acknowledged their presence and had a regular conversation with them. Due to the small, awkwardly shaped space of the venue, which McHale likened to the spaceship the Starship Enterprise, it was easier for the audience to participate in the act.

“I thought she was hilarious,” said David Cruz ’13, Cruz said he looks forward to seeing more of her material if she were to return to Dickinson.

For more information on Alexandra McHale and her performance times, follow her on Facebook at “Alexandra McHale – Comedian.” - Dickinsonian (Dickinson University)


Pucker up and "Kiss This"
By Claire Stencel
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
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Kiss what?

This week has been officially dubbed "Kiss This" week by the DUPB, Greek Life and Up 'Til Dawn. All week long there will be events and activities for students to participate in.

On Tuesday, the first date auction will take place. Appetizers will be served in the Driscoll Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. The actual auction will begin at 7 p.m.

There will be five women and five men for students to bid on. The dates will be held on the 15th, when the couples will be escorted to a free candlelight dinner.

Casual dress is allowed, but students should feel free to dress up. There will be give-aways as well as food. All proceeds will go to the Up 'Til Dawn campaign.

Wednesday brings the comedy of Alexandra McHale, who will be hosting "The Dating Game." The game will take place at 7 p.m. in the Driscoll Ballroom.

"The Dating Game" will be followed by a kissing contest. There will be freebies at this event, as well.

Thursday, Adam Sandler's "Punch-Drunk Love" will be the DUPB movie. There will be freebies and free food. The movie will be shown at 8 p.m. in Sturm Auditorium.

DUPB, Greek Life and Up 'Til Dawn urge everyone to come participate in "Kiss This" week.



- Clarion Online


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Connecticut's own, Alexandra McHale, humors at Hilltop
By Diana Flynn
Published: Monday, September 8, 2003
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Media Credit: Brett Mickelson
Comedian Alexandra McHale hails from Orange, Conn. and felt right at home on the UConn campus.


"I was drunk for the first time in my life on this campus," laughed comedian Alexandra McHale Saturday night along with the dimly lit audience assembled in Putnam Refectory.
The sassy, curly-haired, Orange, native felt right at home on the makeshift dining hall stage.
"I'm so happy to be performing in my home state, said McHale after her show. "The Connecticut audiences are always great."
For two years running, Campus Activities Today Magazine has named McHale the "Female Entertainer of the Year," as voted by the students and her UConn performance showed why. Witty, energetic and timely, she knew her audience and played into their hands. With anecdotes from stops on her college tour, tragic but humorous tales of first dates gone bad and just enough references to the female anatomy to keep the male population focused, McHale created a 40 minute show that was very college appropriate, without being vulgar.
In between gags about the "tree people" of West Virginia and undercover nuns of Pennsylvania, McHale mocked the idea of "Nutrition Facts" on a box of cookies. "Drop and run, fatty. And pick up a jump rope," would be a much more appropriate message according to McHale, or how about, "This is sh*t, put it down!"
McHale also introduced the new favorite phrase she picked up from a Bostonian, "Scratch your ass with a broken bottle."
She sought the expertise of UConn students to further her research on cow-tipping, an infatuation McHale can't shake. This exchange with the audience was one of many throughout her performance.
Daily Variety says it best, "...her one liners are often original, and her funny session sets the tone for the show: sassy, off-color, but never crude."
While McHale may not have touched on the controversial topics of George Carlin, had the in-our-face sexual humor of Margaret Chow or side-stitching impressions of Jim Breuer, she was a great performer for SUBOG to open up this semester's comedic line-up with.
"I was really psyched about the turn-out," said Jackie Samson, SUBOG's comedy chair. "I'm looking forward to the rest of the year. The whole line-up is going to be great."
McHale herself commented on the number of chairs filled with students, a notably young crowd. "An amazing crowd for a Saturday night," McHale said.
McHale's performance is the first of five comedy shows planned by SUBOG this semester. Next to grace the Putnam stage will be Brad Lowery on Sept. 26. Lowery can be seen on FOX television's "Comedy Flava."





- The Daily Campus


Cow tipping was one of the many hilarious issues pondered at the latest 909 Comedy Series performance held in Watkins Auditorium last Thursday night.

Alexandra McHale entertained the crowd of college students with her fresh take on many popular southern jokes. Thursday night’s performance was her third here at UTM.

She is a nationally recognized comedian, having performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Comedy Central show Premium Blend. She has also appeared on VH1 shows, including I Love the 80’s.

McHale involved members of the audience for her routine when asking them questions and occasionally poking fun at some who confessed to cow tipping, or as she referred to it, “cow beating.”

McHale’s audience laughed immensely while she spoke with her trademark gutsy style and sassy tone. She satirized things from college dorm room awkwardness to the enormity and irony of Wal-Mart stores across America to the stereotypes surrounding her own Irish descent.

Some of the audience favorites included her descriptions of small-town, immature cheerleaders and growing up with embarrassing parents. McHale recanted her adventures in a small West Virginia town where she visited a haunted house off campus from an incredibly creepy and “hick-infested” college.

Some of her funnier jokes revolved around the absurdity of horror movies and her obsession with ghosts. McHale also made fun of the arrogant one-uppers, people she meets constantly in her circle of friends. She spoke about “cattle cruelty” that goes on in small towns and amusing stereotypes surrounding college couples. She also spoke of the hilarity of drunken college students and their follies in public, and the ridiculousness of nicknames for people with the weirdest hang ups.

“I thought they were a very warm audience.,” McHale said after her performance. “They were great. I like performing down in the south.”
“One thing I liked is that she has been on so many TV shows,” said Natalie Carroll, a sophmore Graphic Design major from Linden. “The show tonight was really funny. I liked the southern jokes even though I’m as southern as can be.”

“I learned not to judge the comic before the joke was done.,” said senior Nick Coones. “She has a really crazy and funny comedy style.”

A native of Connecticut, McHale currently resides in Los Angeles.

The Comedy Series performances are sponsored by the Student Activities Council. They are free to the public. For more information on upcoming shows, visit the UTM homepage under the Campus Calendars link and visit www.alexandramchale.com for information about the comedian.

- The Pacer


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Alexandra McHale was thrilled to make her network debut on NBCs The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Shes also been seen on CBSs The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Comedy Centrals Premium Blend and New Joke City with Robert Klein on the Metro Channel. After her appearance at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Hollywood Reporter cited Alexandra as one to watch who scored points with quick barbs. Alexandra grew up in Connecticut before relocating to New York City, where she became a lifetime member of the prestigious Actors Studio and studied with acting greats such as Paul Newman, Sally Field and Ellen Burstyn. She is a frequent commentator on VH1s I Love The 80s, Supersecret TV Formulas and The 100 Most Cheesetastic Video Countdown. In addition to appearances on network television, Alexandra has headlined at over 300 colleges and was twice voted Female Entertainer of the Year by the readers of Campus Activities Magazine, been nominated for Female Entertainer of the Year and was nominated Performer of the Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. Now based out of CT, she makes a mean swiss cheese omelette.