Although 33rd& State formed at Marquette University back in November, Jon Neidorf did not go to a meeting of the sketch comedy troupe until late January. He found out about the group when his classmate, Lexi Bueno, posted a video on Facebook.
“It was funny because the day before, I texted one of my friends in theater and asked if there were any sketch comedy groups at Marquette or in the area,” Jon remembers.
When co-president Bill Lacy introduced him as a new member at that first meeting, Jon felt a little awkward, since most of 33rd & State had known each other for a while. Jon said he was itching to throw out suggestions to the sketch ideas being tossed around, but he felt very hesitant since he was the new guy.
At the end of the meeting, though, he offered a sketch idea that the group received with a big laugh. His idea was based on a true story about a nudist who runs a soup kitchen.
After that, Jon became more comfortable sharing his sketch ideas. He has been writing sketch comedy since high school, but it took him until his senior year of college to find a group to share it with.
Since that first meeting, Jon has written spoofs of “Wait (The Whisper Song)” by the Ying Yang Twins and of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich.
While many members of 33rd & State double as performers, Jon’s interests lie mostly in writing. He is finally enjoying a chance to be involved in writing sketch comedy at Marquette. He has grown as a comedy writer during his time with 33rd & State. The group has helped him to learn how to come full circle on a sketch idea and how to collaborate with people who are strangers, as opposed to old friends.
“At times, it can be frustrating – but it can also be illuminating,” Jon says.
While Jon repeatedly mentioned that he has no interest in acting right now, the group apparently found a way to talk him into taking a small role in a sketch for a show that 33rd & State has been planning.
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 eighth in her series of reports.