Monday night, an entertained audience learned how to write an awful love song, bake scones and murder a hooker. No â€“ it wasnâ€™t a joint lecturefrom James Blunt, Martha Stewart and Charlie Sheen.
Instead, those were just three of the topics covered in songs during The Axis of Awesomeâ€™s concert in the Lory Student Center Theatre.
The Association for Student Activity Programmingâ€™s Comedy Committee has planned The Axis of Awesome show since February, and ASAP comedy coordinator Tim Brogdon thinks the hard work has paid off.
â€œThe turnout completely exceeded our expectations,â€ Brogdon said. â€œIt was really awesome.â€
Not surprisingly, â€œawesomeâ€ seemed to be the word on everyoneâ€™s lips, as well as â€œkick-ass,â€ which echoed among the attendees after watching three hilarious Australian men sing and joke about pretty much everything funny.
When they first took the stage, The Axis of Awesome â€” made up of Lee Naimo, Jordan Raskopoulos and Benny Davis â€” attempted to set a mood reminiscent of a raging rock concert.
Â â€œImagine youâ€™re in a giant stadium, and thereâ€™s a sweaty guy with no shirt sitting next to you. And he has â€˜Axis of Awesomeâ€™ tattooed on his chest,â€ lead vocalist Raskopoulos said to the crowd.
Â With keyboard player Davisâ€™ purple velvet jacket and Leeâ€™s flame-adorned electric guitar, the comedy trio could have been mistaken for a â€˜80s
rock-and-roll cover band. That is, until, they started singing.
Â As they sang their original songs, whose titles included â€œBird Planeâ€ and â€œSexual Harassment,â€ there was barely ever a lull from the theatreâ€™s audience of 356 people.
Â And when they parodied the Frayâ€™s â€œHow to Save a Lifeâ€ with their own â€œHow to Bake a Sconeâ€ and â€œHow to Kill a Hooker,â€ the crowdâ€™s laughter and applause was uproarious.
Â The abundance of laughs continued throughout the concert, and huge cheers of recognition erupted when the trio finally played their most recognized song: â€œFour Chords.â€
Â After their performance, The Axis of Awesome stayed outside the theater to sign autographs, take pictures and sell merchandise to the amused attendees.
â€œ(The show) was a hoot,â€ junior history major Jordan Coulter said. â€œIt started out funny; it stayed
funny â€” it was just really funny.â€
Â Coulter wasnâ€™t the only one who thought The Axis of Awesomeâ€™s show was a continuous laugh-fest.
â€œMy favorite part was everything between the beginning and the end. So basically, the whole thing,â€ said junior zoology major Connor Shank.
Â For the funny Australians, the admiration was mutual.
â€œCollege shows have been the best part of the (U.S. tour) so far,â€ guitarist Lee said in a backstage interview with the Collegian.
â€œWe get to sing stupid songs for such lovely people,â€ Raskopoulos added while on stage. â€œItâ€™s because of people like you guys that we donâ€™t have to have real jobs.â€
Staff writer Colleen McSweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.