By Brynne Ramella
Even days after 33rd& State’s debut show ended it’s still hard to believe it’s all over. I constantly wondered how the show would turn out. As the show drew nearer, the group became noticeably more nervous. I was nervous for them, too. They were deserving of a big crowd, but I was worried that they wouldn’t get it. Not because of the quality of their sketches but simply because not enough people know what sketch comedy is. No…seriously.
Straz Theater holds about 80 people. I arrived 10 minutes before show time to find it nearly empty. Within five minutes, however, a sizeable crowd materialized, providing for interesting eavesdropping. The girl in front of me must have asked her friends to explain at least every other joke to her. Whereas the guys behind me dissected what made each individual sketch funny.
The show ran smoothly, from my perspective. Any issues in changing out sets seemed to be fixed by show time. The group’s biggest concern was that no one would laugh at their jokes. That was not the case at all. The performers often had to time their lines to wait out the audience’s laughter. I even found myself laughing in anticipation of jokes I knew were coming up.
And just like that, the show was over.
As I was saying goodbye to the group, Spencer Rose caught me by surprise. I have a tendency to completely immerse myself in my journalism stories, which would explain why I covered 33rd& State for about three months. I usually feel like a pest, sticking around groups for months at a time. I try my hardest to stay in the background. So I am always genuinely 100% taken aback when someone thanks me for being around for so long.
The day before, Spencer showed me the pamphlet about the group he created for audience. The back section of the pamphlet was dedicated to thanking certain people, and I happened to be one of them. So, as I said goodbye to Spencer after the show, he said to me, “Thank you so much for everything you’ve written. I wrote the pamphlet and I really meant it.” 

But then, the next thing he asked was why he wasn’t ever quoted on Milwaukee Comedy. This actually went on for a few minutes, him alternating between complimenting and bullying me.
So, thank you to all of you Milwaukee Comedy readers for dealing with me for the past few months as well. I truly appreciate all of you who were along for the ride with me. It’s been a blast.

Now were you mentioned enough, Spencer?
Brynne Ramella, a journalism student at Marquette University, is a guest blogger for MilwaukeeComedy, documenting the start-up of Marquette’s sketch comedy troupe, 33rd & State. This is the 12th in her series of reports.

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