Andrew Cameron | February 10, 2018
Starting in the LaFortune Student Center and wrapping around God Quad, the line for tickets to the Keenan Revue began forming in the morning on Jan. 30, and continued to grow until ticket distribution finally began at 4 p.m. Every year, all 4,500 available tickets to Keenan Hall’s signature comedy show typically are given out in roughly half an hour and this year proved no exception, Keenan Revue director and senior David Troyer said.
The tickets are available to all students free of charge, but only two tickets are given per student ID card presented.
The 42nd annual Keenan Revue will be held in the Stepan Center at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will run for approximately two hours each night. The theme for this year’s event is “Revuena Matata” — a more lighthearted departure from last year’s theme of “State of the Revuenion,” Troyer said.
“We really just chose it because it sounded fun,” Troyer said. “Last year with ‘State of the Revuenion’, that was pretty directly about politics. I think we liked the challenge of it. We enjoyed kind of having to discipline ourselves a little bit, because if you’re going to talk about politics you can’t just half-a– it, so we really tried to be serious last year. Then this year, we thought ‘Revuena Matata’ sounded a little more fun. … It was fun to do the branding and logos, and it really just came down to that it sounded like a fun thing to try. We have a whole process of picking all the themes — it’s a giant list that we whittle down, and [‘Revuena Matata’] just kept coming up on top so we all just liked it.”
Troyer said the initial planning began very early, with new ideas for skits being proposed as early as April of last year.
“We have a couple of skits that have been in the works for a year or two just because we’ve never been able to figure out how to finish them until this year,” he said. “The rubber really hits the road around November. The head writers [seniors John McDonough, Wilson Barrett and Michael DiRe] will have meetings in the basement of Keenan and we’ll start really workshopping skits and figuring out what’s what. That’s when the heavy editing starts.”