Pictured above by Shelby Ray: Loni Love finished as the runner-up in the comic reality show, “Star Search” in 2003.
Shelby Ray, Contributor
Comedian Loni Love performed at Lewis University on Friday, April 12. The university activities board, The Pulse, sponsored the event. Love appears regularly on the highly popular “Chelsea Lately” show on E! Entertainment Television.
Love delivered a 40-minute set filled with some predictably standard fare, including jokes about overweight people, dating, religion, politics and racial humor. All Lewis students, staff and faculty were invited to the loud and attitude-filled comedy show Love performed.
Love had the crowd roaring with laughter. She even added jokes about her relationships with some of her famous friends such as Chelsea Handler and Shaquille O’Neal.
“We had Love come to Lewis because she was comical and entertaining, but could still stick to Lewis’ values,” said Pulse member Kristina Zwolfer. “The Pulse is trying to make Lewis more lively on the weekend, and we thought Love’s name and reputation would draw students to a weekend activity.”
At one point, Love had participants come up on stage and perform ridiculous pick-up lines and other dating-type scenarios. She had male volunteers trying to win women’s hearts, and then the girls got their turn, trying lines and dance moves. The students who performed the best won cash prizes.
“I thought her performance was laugh-out-loud hilarious, and my favorite part about Love’s show was that she interacted with the crowd and had students coming up on stage,” said senior Ron Jovi Ramerez, philosophy of law and mathematics double major. “She had great audience participation, which made the crowd go wild.”
The Pulse makes it their number one goal to organize and host events that the majority of the student population will enjoy. In the past, The Pulse has brought Jason Derulo, DJ Flipside and Jim Wand, but the Pulse was hoping to get a home run with adding a comedian to the mix.
“I just want this event to make Lewis students realize that there are fun things on campus, and we do want the students’ input for future events because we aim to please and entertain the student population,” Zwolfer said.
For more information on the group, students can go to the Lewis University website or the PULSE Facebook page. Students can also attend the meetings, which are held in the Morton Boston Room on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.