Comedian shares personal experiences as humor at Elon University

Divorce, hippie parents, run-ins with the law make up comedic content

Marlena Chertock

FEB. 17, 2011

Comedian Collin Moulton performed in Irazu at Elon University on Feb. 11. Photo by Marlena Chertock.

Imagine a comedian jumping into the audience and giving a male in the front row an unexpected hug. This is part of comedian Collin Moulton’s normal routine.

Moulton performed in Irazu at Elon University at 8:30 p.m., after he finished talking with a few members of the audience before the show.

SUBlive will bring in a comedian the second Friday of every month this semester in hopes of creating a lasting comedy series to diversify the types of performances offered at Elon.

Moulton said his comedy aims to relate to his audience through real-life experiences and personal stories.

“My comedy is really personal, high energy, and some observational,” he said. “I have a lot of interesting characters in my life.”

Moulton’s stories cover run-ins with cops, jokes about romance, his unusual life growing up and other real-life topics.

The small audience didn’t keep Moulton from getting students to laugh and sometimes feel uncomfortable.

Moulton repeatedly picked on one male member of the audience.

He explained that at shows he comes up to guys and hugs them, or puts his leg on them, purposefully creating an awkward situation.

The audience member said he’d break Moulton’s jaw if he came up and hugged him.

“I think you’re lying,” Moulton said. “People don’t know what to do because it’s a surprise. It’s paralyzing.”

People are frightened by their own homophobia, Moulton said, calling it a neurotoxin.

Moulton’s comedy focused on homosexuality and people’s reactions, his gay uncle, how his parents raised him, his parent’s divorce and taking care of his aging parents as they are put into hospices.

Moulton will appear in an episode of Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival that will debut on Showtime Feb. 24.

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Moulton explains how he got into comedy.

Moulton describes an embarrassing experience


Moulton said his comedy aims to relate to his audience through real-life experiences and personal stories.”My comedy is really personal, high energy, and some observational,” he said. “I have a lot of interesting characters in my life.”Through stories about run-ins with cops and jokes about romance, Moulton covers all kinds of real-life topics that, to some college students, may seem quite familiar.

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About Marlena Chertock

Marlena Chertock's first collection of poetry, On that one-way trip to Mars, is available from Bottlecap Press. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, and WTOP. Her poems and fiction has appeared in The Deaf Poets Society, Moonsick Magazine, and Paper Darts.

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