Recently George Fox ASC hosted its annual Lip Sync competition. This year the inspiration for skits came from Saturday Night Live, “Gangnam Style,” PBS, Batman and even University President Robin Baker.
This year, MCs Chris Benjamin and Tashawna Gordon relied heavily on audience participation to make the evening even more hysterical. In between every lip sync act, Chris and Tashawna would ask for audience volunteers to come up to compete in activities like coming up with the best Bruin cheer, who can imitate Chris the best, who can come up with the best pick up line, and lastly a dance off. The winners of each game got to sit at the winners table to be waited on while enjoying a fried chicken, corn bread, spaghetti and Kool-Aid dinner.
To give adequete time for set-up and tear-down, there were videos shown of various students lip-syncing. We saw some of ASC’s finest lip syncing to N*Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye,” we saw a group of guys from the junior class put it all out there and dance their hearts out, and we also saw some CMCO majors show off their film skills by shooting an awesome dance video.
The night kicked off with the first group of students reenacting the classic SNL spoof of “The Lawrence Welk Show.” Not only did these students make this just as funny as the original, they also included river dancing as one of their acts. While this act included a wide range of dances, it was hard to not love the quirkiness of it all.
Next was a group of students lip syncing to the awful but catchy, “Call Me, Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson. This skit had multiple “girls” (I use that term lightly as one of the girls was really a dude dressed up as a woman) fighting for the attention of a male student who was more focused on his video games and studies than on girls (sounds way too familiar to some girls here on campus). This group ended with the male dancing on the table to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.” The cross dressing and hilarity of fighting for attention made this skit one of the best.
After this came a group of track athletes and friends lip syncing to the best of PBS from the 1990s. It started with lip syncing to “Reading Rainbow,” pretending to be Arthur, bringing back the Teletubbies, and finished with a spoof of the ever so catchy “Gangnam Style” by Psy. With props and costumes that look like they took days to create, this skit came in second place.
Next up was a montage of the best of Batman. This one included scenes from the original TV show from the 1960s as well as the most recent movie, The Dark Knight Rises, that came out this past summer. This skit also included a cameo from Nolan Staples, who played President Robin Baker, complete with mustache and neon running shoes. This skit took its well-deserved spot as the winner of the competition.
After Batman was 2 by 4, where two students got behind a black curtain that had cute little feet hanging out of it and pretended to be little people lip syncing and dancing to a wide music montage ranging from country songs to classics. This one was hysterical and well thought out. These ladies took the cake when it came to lip syncing to the most songs, and having a wide variety of dance moves.
Lip Sync this year was beyond hysterical. Between the MCs and judges Lauri Smith, Ben Kulpa and Rusty St. Cyr, the night provided students with some much-needed laughter to cope with all that end of semester stress that is looming just around the corner.