Wednesday, April 07, 2010

102nd Libel Show: A Retrospective

I know this blog and the Virginia Law Weekly have already reviewed this year’s Libel Show, but as participants, Justincredible and I wanted to give you our assessment of how we thought it went down. For the most part, I – a much more outted J. Crew Model – agree with both reviews, especially this part from the Law Weekly review:
I’m not going to lie and say that this year’s Libel Show is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen; it’s not. But it is funny, and more than that it’s entertaining. Watching the show you can feel how much the cast enjoys what they’re doing. I’m not going to lie and say that this year’s Libel Show is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen; it’s not. But it is funny, and more than that it’s entertaining. Watching the show you can feel how much the cast enjoys what they’re doing. …. According to Lorello, “We’re here to put on a good show, but more importantly than that we’re here to have a good time.” And luckily for audience members, I think achievement of the latter goal only helps to further the former.
Even as a bit player (not “featuring” as some unfunny blog would have you believe) in this year’s production, I was impressed not only by the amount of dedication displayed by the people in multiple acts, but also by the backstage folks – those who run the lights and soundboard and other machines I’m sure were operated but whose existence I can’t confirm. 
 Yes, some of the jokes weren’t funny and some of the acts could have been a little tighter, but I absolutely believe the 102nd Libel Show was, at worst, entertaining. At best, you saw some crazy talented folks showing off skills that have nothing to do with gunning and drinking beer. It’s a major testament to the Show that students sign up year after year and walk around with smiles on their faces almost the entire week of the show.

I didn’t see the whole show, but I saw parts of it 2-3 times and I want to commend a few of the more memorable performances (which is by no means a derogation of the other acts). Jurisdiction featured hot dance moves nowhere seen outside of 216 and Shakira’s “Give It Up To Me” video (Justincredible and I sat through a dress rehearsal performance of it as the only people sitting in the first 15 rows ... no we didn’t feel sketchy at all). SBA President C-Mart’s Greg Mitchell impersonation was hilarious and – by all accounts – spot on. Casey L. nailed Chris Sprigman to the point where I wanted to cry laughing. If you didn’t appreciate Gunner of the 1L class, you don’t like singing. And although I spent most of Food I Want You laughing offstage (and occasionally taking pulls of the “colored water” from my “prop”), I defy you to dislike a seductively dancing Simpsons’ Donut. The videos were classic – I’ll chuckle at any dig at GULC and Club UVA was a solid follow-up to last year’s Con Luv.

Finally, let me offer a pitch to non 3Ls to get involved next year. If you’ve seen the show and happened to notice Justincredible and I, you would know that “dancing” isn’t our bag. (As an aside, his bag is bicep curls and my bag is ironically complaining.) I came into it wanting to meet some people and to do something I had never done before. By that low bar, it far exceeded my expectations. Everyone involved was so positive, to the point where I thought, “these guys must be hammer time. There’s no way my random flailing deserves any praise.” The bar nights and the cast party on Friday were a blast. My only regret out of the whole experience is that I hadn’t gotten involved as a 1L.

Justincredible wraps it up:

Little known fact: it was a clip of the 2006 Libel Show that first piqued my interest in the law school here at Virginia.

To avoid rehashing all of J Crew Model’s review of the Libel Show (which is as sharp as the pleats on his chinos), here are a couple of my thoughts:
• For a yearlong production that is dependent entirely on student volunteers and strives for inclusiveness of anyone interested, I think the show was outstanding. Best talent in the law school? Not necessarily. Funniest skits possible? Doubtful. Entertaining night of cheap laughs, cheap beer, and seeing classmates in a less serious light (instead of reading)? Absolutely.


•The professor response was subpar. We can all appreciate Cohen’s effort (it is practically a one man show every year) but it would be nice to see someone else get involved. Also, I wouldn’t mind hearing the professors parody a song that was written in my lifetime.


• Additional, unnecessary, shout out to the ladies in Jurisdiction. Me- and –ow.
In sum, and echoing J Crew Model’s sentiments, I’d further like to encourage 1Ls and 2Ls to take part in the Libel Show. After 3 years, 40,000 cases, 70 bar reviews, section mixers, OGIs, and to an extent even softball, law school becomes a big homogenous/monotonous/blah of left-brain routine. We all come into law school with unique interests, talents, and callings but somehow through this process of becoming lawyers, the individual aspects of our personalities seem lost. An anonymous three-time Libel Show cast member (anonymous only because I was too drunk to remember nearly any conversation I had that week) commented that the Libel Show provided an opportunity for law students to enjoy the acting and singing spotlight that many childishly dreamed of pursuing - back when money and prestige were no object (like my dream to be a professional wrestler). There might be something to that; beer alone couldn’t have fueled that level of jollity all week. Don’t miss out.

Related:
Libel Show Shows Its Show [Virginia Law Weekly]

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

TTT show, TTT performances

Anonymous said...

Aw, I'm blushing.

Anonymous said...

FYI: VLW is misquoted; un-redundify.

NGSL Alpha Secure said...

You BETA libel losers are lucky we ALPHA NGSL studs didn't schedule a softball tournament or a month of parties the weekend of your silly show or the only people clapping at the end of each of your skits would have been the cast members. Oh wait, that happened anyway!