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Comedian provides large dose of laughter
Posted Oct. 18, 2006

Comedian Eddie Ifft melted down the house on Wednesday when he took center stage at The Ice House.

About 60 people showed up to get a big serving of laughter and they got exactly what they wanted.

“This was my first time coming to a comedy club and I had a great time,” said Daniel Bermejo, a 21-year-old Torrance resident.  “Eddie Ifft was funny and I would see him again.”

Ifft kept the audience listening because of the diversity and simplicity of his jokes.

It was also funny watching him because he reminded many people of a goofy version of “American Idol” winner Clay Aiken.

Ifft used simple body language when he told his jokes.  He used his hands a little but his act was mostly about what he was saying. 

Ifft was able to really get the crowd rolling when he joked about people who go to college.

 “Why learn anything useless when all you need to do is type it out in Google?” Ifft said.

His performance showed that he really enjoyed what he was doing. 

He laughed at his own jokes, talked about some embarrassing moments and he was full of energy.

His acts included jokes about ethnicity, sexual orientation and his own life experiences.

“The only thing I didn’t like was the use of his sexual references,” Lizet Ramos a psychology major from La Verne said.  “The sexual jokes didn’t flow with the rest of the jokes and it seemed like he rehearsed his meaningful jokes and used improvising for the sexual jokes.”  

Ifft’s jokes were not particularly original, but they were up to date.

He had a few really funny political jokes, which was very impressive because the comedians I usually see use more sexual and racial jokes.  Ifft talked about Bush, the rebuilding of Iraq and New Orleans.

Some of his jokes didn’t get the whole audience to laugh, but for the most part he had the audience rolling in laughter. 

Ifft headlined the night, but before he was brought to the stage there were seven other fairly new comedians that each had eight minutes to shine.

After their eight minutes they were told to tell a “jokey” joke or a “simple” joke that the audience could take home to tell their friends or family.

Ifft is a comedian to look out for because he is young and has fresh jokes waiting to be told.

He has appeared on “Last Comic Standing,” and “Comic View” and has also performed with comedians such as Dave Chapelle and Jerry Seinfield.

Telon Weathington can be reached at tweathington@ulv.edu.