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Comedian Erik Griffin brings fresh humor to MU campus

Maria Rovito
Managing Editor

“Workaholics” fans all around Millersville gathered together last weekend to unwind and kick back for a night of laughs. Friday, Sept. 26, marked the performance of comedian Erik Griffin at the Multi-Purpose Room in the Student Memorial Center. Hosted by the University Activities Board (UAB), Griffin entertained Millersville students with his stand-up routine.

Griffin is known for his comedic abilities; he wrote and portrayed himself in the 2007 TV movie “The Payaso Comedy Slam,” a recorded stand-up performance of some of the most famous Latino comics. Later in 2011, Griffin would join Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm and many other comic legends to participate in the Comedy Central series “Workaholics.” Griffin, who plays a coworker named Montez Walker, often finds himself in hilarious situations around their cubicle environment.

During his stand-up comedy routine, Erik Griffin cracked jokes about The Purge, Facebook, online dating and the culture shock of traveling from Philadelphia to Lancaster.
During his stand-up comedy routine, Erik Griffin cracked jokes about The Purge, Facebook, online dating and the culture shock of traveling from Philadelphia to Lancaster.

Opening for Griffin was MU student Quinton Collins, who is a DJ and radio personality at WIXQ, Millersville’s student-run radio station. Collins got the crowd ready for Griffin by joking about life as a college student and bringing humor from his own personal experiences. Collins successfully cracked the audience up and brought smiles to everyone’s face as he naturally performed his routine. Entertainingly funny and comedic, Collins won Millersville students over and got the crowd ready for Griffin.

The audience applauded favorably and welcomed Griffin to Millersville as he walked on stage. Nothing was off topic for him, as he brought humor to being in Lancaster, Pa.

“I drove from Philadelphia to Lancaster, and it was almost like going back in time,” he joked. “I’ve never seen a horse and buggy with blinkers before!”
Griffin then made humorous references to many of the daily obstacles that college students face, such as online dating, being on Facebook, and famous movies such as “The Purge.”

“We should purge companies that ask us to fax them documents,” he stated comically. “It’s 2014! Who has a fax machine? Yuck! Get an email and a scanner,” he joked.

Later, he bantered with the audience about college life.

“I do a lot of college shows, and thankfully you guys understand what humor is about and you guys are laughing,” he said. “This is a comedy show, and everyone enjoys laughing with each other.”

“Workaholics” star and comedian Erik Griffin brought laughs and good times to comedy fans at the SMC MPR on Friday, Sept. 26.
“Workaholics” star and comedian Erik Griffin brought laughs and good times to comedy fans at the SMC MPR on Friday, Sept. 26.

After his stand-up routine, he opened the floor to questions from the audience about “Workaholics” and his character in the show. Many students were eager to participate and discuss questions about the show with Griffin; the topics ranged from humorous tidbits about the show to serious questions, such as how it was to work with Anderson, DeVine, and Holm on set. Many students also wondered whether season five would release soon.

“We are working on season five, so it will come out next year,” Griffin stated.
After the show, UAB held a meet-and-greet for any student who wanted to personally meet Griffin. UAB also took photos of students with Griffin for anyone who wanted a picture with him.

At the end of the night, everyone was in a good mood and was thoroughly entertained by UAB’s event. Luckily, for fans of Griffin and the show, “Workaholics” is set to premiere season five on Comedy Central in January.