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Four Comedians Perform at Comedy Night

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Jeff Keane, pictured above, won 10,000 dollars from America’s Funniest Home Videos.


“Chistopher! Tell your mother to stop playing with my nuts!” screamed comedian Chris Dimitrakopoulos, more simply known as Chris D. The audience burst out in laughter, cheers, and applause, as Dimitrakopoulos continued on with his act, which included many impersonations of his father in a thick Greek accent.

Audience member Ioanna Ninos ’21 described why she especially enjoyed Dimitrakopoulos’s act and how she could relate to the jokes that he was telling.

“I didn’t really expect [Chris D] to be my favorite because when he came on stage, he said, ‘hey,’ kind of funny and he had a high voice and I thought, ‘this is going to be interesting.’ But I loved his impressions of his father, and his delivery was so great. I was laughing a lot and my family is also Greek so I could relate to the stuff he was saying,” said Ninos.

Dan Crohn, Nora Panahi, Jeff Kean, and Dimitrakopoulos were the four comedians who performed at Comedy Night in Susie’s last Saturday. According to host and comedian Crohn, he has been doing Comedy Night at Andover for almost twelve years. Crohn explained the process of picking comedians to be a part of the show, highlighting the ability to interact and tell jokes to high school students as a key factor.

“I try to pick [comedians] who have a unique perspective and who can entertain high school crowds, so clean acts—acts that don’t make fun of gender or race and don’t talk about sensitive topics. Mostly, [comedians] with experience who can adapt to a younger audience,” said Crohn.

According to Panahi, she was excited to be able to perform because of her experience competing against Andover in sports while she was a student at Dana Hall. Panahi explained why telling jokes at Comedy Night was a more unique experience than the shows she regularly does, stating that she could tell jokes that were more tailored and relatable to the private school audience.

“I got to try out some new stuff that I had been working on because stuff like that, I wouldn’t be able to workshop at any other shows, like the stuff about going to a private school would only work for private school. So it was nice to explore those kinds of jokes that I don’t usually get to tell for a different type of audience,” said Panahi.

According to Ninos, this year’s show was funnier than last year’s, as there was a better connection between the audience and the performers. Similarly, audience member Izzy Alvarez ’23 stated that the audience’s energy was palpable and that she could also relate to the comedians’ jokes, especially Dimitrakopoulos.

“I thought the way that [Dimitrakopoulos] impersonated his family members is hilarious, and there [were] just some things, like having a really long last name [that I found funny]. And other jokes that I could really relate to,” said Alvarez.