By Rosa Najera, Contributor
With guitar in hand, comedic musician Evan Wecksell performed to an enthusiastic crowd Oct. 24 in the Nebraska room at the Milo Bail Student Center.
Wecksell has appeared on VH1’s “I Love the 70s: Volume 2,” “I Love the 80s: 3-D” and “I Love Toys.” He has also been an extra on the successful TV show “Glee.” Wecksell has released both live and studio albums, “LOL” and “Live at the Bitter End.”
Maverick Productions member Jordan Wagner said they decided to bring Evan Wecksell to UNO after seeing some of his material. They thought it was different and the students would receive his humor well because Wecksell’s routines are heavily geared around issues and themes college students find relatable.
Before hitting the stage, Wecksell was excited and ready for the noon show. He said he chatted with some UNO students in order to apply material that is relevant to the audience. His show incorporates plenty of audience participation.
Once he got onstage, he announced he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, which led to the recognition of the other Greeks in the audience.
The show began with heavy references to Lady Gaga’s new music video, “You and I,” shot in Nebraska, with bizarre scenes like her in a mermaid suit and her making out with herself. Wecksell said because of that video it was “mermaid country in Omaha.”
Wecksell has his guitar on him during the whole show because he often incorporates singing. In his first song, “Boy on the Internet,” he had a volunteer pretend to type on a keyboard while he sang the amusing song.
At the end of the song, he thought of himself as a “Maverick Matchmaker” trying to auction off his “Internet Boy” volunteer with a date.
Wecksell’s second song, “One More Year (The College Song),” had witty remarks over themes a “super senior” would go through; an extra year of partying, Greek life and studying.
After he sang another song, he asked for a female volunteer, who had to read from a script prepared by Wecksell as if she was Miley Cyrus. Wagner read Cyrus facts out loud because she is Wecksell’s “role model.” After a fact, Wecksell responded with random facts of his own that were similar. Wagner said she had never done anything like what Wecksell had her do.
A very entertaining top 10 list of UNO followed. The list mimicked top 10 lists from popular late shows. The list included points like “if you find a parking spot, it’s gonna be a good day,” “if you’re having a rough day, you can just drive home” and “the football team is undefeated.”
The highlight of the show was when Wecksell made Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” into a Mad Libs game. The audience yelled out nouns, verbs and adjectives as Wecksell called out for them. Once completed, he sang the new version of the song and the crowd roared with laughter.
Following a dance contest that involved three male volunteers, Wecksell ended the show with the comedic song “More Than Four.” Toward the end of the song, still playing the guitar, he had the audience yell out celebrities who he would impersonate. He impersonated Bill Cosby, Marge Simpson and John Madden, just to name a few. The impressions entertained the audience as they cackled in laughter.