Comedy show shines in Anderson

February 22, 2023


Tyler Chronicles performs his part of the show. Photo by Ashlee Porter.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, the “What in the Hail State” Comedy Show was held in Anderson Auditorium. The host, Zoie Fenty, known professionally as IamZoie, and his Wild N’ Out colleagues: Darren Brand and Tyler Chronicles, entertained the Virginia State audience with their routine as part of the Black 82 celebration in February.

Wild N’ Out, is an American game show that was created in 2005 with the host Nick Cannon. There have been many different celebrity guest stars leading teams of comics who compete during the performances.

The freestyle show has featured some of TV’s most viral moments with celebrity guests such as Kevin Heart, Iggy Azalea, Zendaya and many more.

The show premiered on MTV, VH1, and MTV2. IamZoie, a social media influencer, got his start on Vine, where his comedic skits and parodies connected him to his present day following of 6.5 million people on Instagram. IamZoie also has a YouTube Channel with over 2 million subscribers famous for special segments like Messy Monday and Movie Nights.

Darren Brand, aka, “Big Baby,” is an alumni from North Carolina A&T University, stand-up comedian, actor, and Wild N’ Out Star. He was on the show from Season 7 to 12, and had an epic return on Season 15 and 20. Tyler Chronicles is an actor, writer, and radio personality who has been featured on Season 12 to 16 and Season 19 to the present.

For over two weeks, VSU sold tickets in the bottom of Gandy Hall, in the cashiers office, to students and faculty. There were two different types of tickets: a $5 general admissions ticket and a $10 VIP ticket, guaranteeing a Black 82 t-shirt, skipping the line, and front seat access. The great sounds of the show were presented by DJ Dwill.

Many VSU students attended the show in Anderson Auditorium, with the line wrapped around the building with people waiting to enter.

“The comedy show was one for the books, funny, and relatable!” senior LyAsia Monroe said.

At the end of the night of fun, Darren Brand and Tyler Chronicles stayed and took videos and pictures with the crowd.

“The show was so much fun, I feel bad for you if you weren’t there,” sophomore Qui’Ana Monroe said.

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