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USC's Open Mic Night Provides Plenty of Laughs

Funny Man Joey Thompson goofs around before the Comedy Open Mic Night Monday night. Funny Man Joey Thompson goofs around before the Comedy Open Mic Night Monday night.

By: Laura Kuhen

Posted: Sept. 28, 2010 11:30 am

Over two hundred students laughed until it hurt at Carolina Productions Second Annual Comedy Open Mic Night Monday night.  Fifteen comedy hopefuls, led by Joey Thompson were featured.

Thompson, a senior at USC, is a veteran to the comedy scene. He says he likes to take full advantage of open mic nights because it is a chance to test out new material in a non-competitive environment.

Tuesday night, Thompson tried a new format by telling stories about his career.  The audience laughed as Thompson vividly explained his worst standup experience ever at the Comedy House in Columbia.

Thompson has been doing standup comedy for quite some time and says he got started after watching comedian Steve Byrne on Comedy Central. Thompson says he thought he was funnier than Byrne so he decided to give standup a try.

The following year, Steve Byrne performed at USC and signed Thompson's poster:   "Hey, good luck. Hopefully I'll see you in the scene, maybe I'll open up for you one day."

Thompson says he thought it was ironic because he thought he was better than Byrne.

Thompson produces the comedy show "Skitzophrenia" on USC's SGTV campus cable channel. Two of the show's skits, Carrot Blue Tooth and Demarcus and Chang have aired on Comedy Central's hit show Tosh.0.

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