Cello and Banjo Student Duo Open for TNL Comedian

The College Programing Board delivered another night of laughs with Ace Guillen performing his comedy act at this week’s Tuesday Night Live show. 

The TNL series brings different performers to the school to keep students entertained on Tuesday nights.Co-chair for the Music Committee for the College Programing Board, Amanda Pontone, feels it is a great way to keep busy during a weekday. “I think it’s a great thing to do. Tuesday night is kind of a weird night so it’s a good event for people to come out for if they have nothing to do,” Potone said. 

Pontone also expressed that TNL is also a great opportunity for people, especially freshmen, to meet others with similar interests.

“It’s definitely a good thing for freshmen to come out to. If they haven’t really found their place yet and they like a certain music, they can come out and meet people who like that same kind of music,” Pontone said.

To start this week’s show, opening duo Max and Brian took the stage before Guillen to warm up the crowd. Max Leibman and Brian Corry sang three songs, with Leibman playing cello and Corry playing the banjo. They covered the Talking Heads song “Psycho Killer,” “Shakedown Street” by Grateful Dead and “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dog.

After the opener, Guillen took the stage to entertain the students of Ramapo. His act included jokes about the evils of technology, the wonders of being a nerd, and the troubles of being in a relationship, among other things.

Freshman Courtney Lichtenberger came to Tuesday Night Live out of curiosity towards the act.

“I’ve never heard of Ace. I’m really curious. I know with comedy acts sometimes it can be really good and sometimes it can be not so good,” Lichtenberger said.

Freshman Lauren Fabrizio also wanted to check out Guillen’s comedy chops.

“I’m excited and curious to see what he’s going to talk about and if he’s going to be any good,” Fabrizo said.

Guillen incorporated music into his act to keep the crowd engaged. For example, he parodied 80’s music and sang a song about jealous girlfriends.

Pontone appreciated his raunchy style and commented on how his act incorporated questions from the audience to keep them engaged.

“Every college kid has that raunchy side in them, so he kind of brought the best of both worlds. He was very interactive with everyone, like if he saw the crowd dying he would interact with them and ask them what they wanted to hear,” Pontone said.

To keep the students interested, Lichtenberger wants to see both comedians and musicians for future TNL events.

“Both musicians and comedians are great acts. If you have too much music people will stop wanting to go. If you have too many comedians people will get sick of that,” Lichtenberger said.

Fabrizio agrees that different types of performances appeal to her and keep her interested in the TNL schedule.

“I would like to see a mixture of performers,” Fabrizio said.

“I have an eclectic taste so I’d like to see them mix it up and have well rounded performances.”

Lucky for them, Pontone affirmed that there are more unique performances to come in the Tuesday Night Live series.

“We have so many different artists for everyone,” Pontone said, “We have comedians; we’re having a spoken artist come out next week; we have different kind of country bands and rappers. This is where people can find their niche.”