“America’s Got Talent” star Samuel Comroe performed at the Charles Johnson Theater Jan. 18.
Despite the bitter cold weather, more than 50 people attended and the room was filled with hysterical laughter from beginning to end, creating a welcoming atmosphere.
The show consisted of a range of topics, some more x-rated than others, on family life, marriage and children as well as his struggles becoming a comedian.
Comroe has Tourettes Syndrome and performs stand-up comedy across America. Tourettes Syndrome is a disorder that affects the body’s nervous system and brain by causing tics - sudden, repetitive sounds that people make, seemingly without realizing it. He aims to inspire others with disabilities to achieve their dreams, no matter what. Since he has Tourettes Syndrome, many people doubted that he could make a substantial career.
He was diagnosed with Tourettes at 6 years old and suffered a lot from peers as many of them didn’t understand his condition. Even though this affected his self-esteem and confidence, he made the decision to not let the bullying affect him and rather laugh alongside the bullies.
As Samuel built up his courage and overcame the bullying he received, he made his TV debut on TBS’ “Conan” and appeared on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” with Kevin Hart prior to being on “America’s Got Talent.”
Comroe also has over 40,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and is now opening for comedians such as Joey Medina, James P. Connelly and Tom Green.
Even though he didn’t win the show, Samuel has performed at more than 100 clubs and colleges, talking about his life experiences and living with Tourettes.
Freshman Tiffany Kribbs braced the cold to see Comroe.
“The whole experience was amazing,” Kribbs said. “I have seen him on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and I love that show. Just seeing him in person is even greater, and he inspires everyone, so I thought that was amazing.”
Freshman Jordan Theisson attended the event alongside Tiffany.
“I thought it was great,” Theisson said. “It was really funny, and I had a great time experiencing this event with my friend Tiffany.”
Student Activities Council Executive Director of Lecture Programming Kyle Harris spoke about Northwest community and the events they cover.
“We focus on the informative side usually, but this was a presentational side event, which does a range of things such as grocery bingo, the comedians; usually all the fun and lighter stuff,” Harris said.
Hannah Lucas is in her second semester with SAC. She spoke about how acts and performers are sourced and finding suitable talent which can be showcased for people of all ages.
“There’s actually a conference which directors go to,” Lucas said. “So there are directors for each committee and they’ll go to Columbus, Ohio, this year and find talent, but we also find them on the internet.”
SAC aims to put on events which students can relate to and enjoy within their free time.
Students can also get involved with SAC and have the chance to voice their opinions. This allows them to have the opportunity to say what they want to see, and help organize and create events suitable for all.
“The best way to get involved is to come to our SAC meetings which are Thursdays at 5 p.m. in the Union upstairs,” Harris said. “We also have a Twitter and Snapchat account, and you can find all our contact information on Northwest websites and Bearcat Link.”
SAC will be at the Student Organization Fair Jan. 30 and is conducting an open house Feb. 1 for any students who want to learn more about the organization and join the community to help with events.