‘Coulier makes comeback with international tour

“Full House” has become an icon in American television.  Even those who did not watch and enjoy “Full House” still know the plot and the offbeat cast of characters.  That cast includes Dave Coulier, better known as jokester “Uncle Joey.”When it was announced that Coulier would be doing a stand up comedy show at Seton Hill University (SHU) on April 20, I was remarkably hesitant to go.  I had never been a fan of “Full House,” as I saw the show when I was older and thought it to be lame and a bit cliché.  One of my friends pleaded with me to attend as she had requested an extra ticket, and I eventually relented to the request.I am glad I did.Coulier came onto the stage wheeling a carrier for chairs.  He made several impromptu jokes about it and got the audience laughing early.  Of course, he introduced himself by explaining he had been Uncle Joey on “Full House” and doing a multi-joke segment about the show.The tired old jokes about “Full House” did not do much for me.  I was afraid those jokes would set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Coulier seemed to sense, however, that he could not drone on and on with Uncle Joey jokes, as he quickly morphed his act into a stand up comedy show full of popular culture puns, anecdotes and a dash of harmonica.

Shockingly, the funniest parts of the show came in the form of voice impersonations.  Coulier is frighteningly good at portraying a multitude of different characters, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to literally every major ethnicity on the planet.

The most praise worthy characteristic of Coulier’s show was his ability to make the largest group of SHU students gathered together I have ever seen laugh as loudly as they did– and with clean jokes, no less.  The show contained absolutely no swearing and very few taboo puns.  Even the racier jokes quickly dissolved into sillier, family-approved ones.  There is something to be said for comedy that can stand on its own without the use of profanity and insult.

Coulier’s impromptu comedy, however, far surpassed his written jokes in hilarity.  Coulier repeatedly called out to people in the audience who laughed too loudly, came in late, or left early.  He also continued pushing the chair holder throughout the entirety of the show, making absurd jokes about its use.  Had he strayed more from his routine, it is possible he would have been even funnier.

The show itself, to me, was well done, though perhaps “good” as opposed to “phenomenal.”  Coulier’s written jokes could use some work.  Regardless, he brought SHU an evening of good, clean fun.

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