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April 16, 2010


Hoover Named Top Winner of Cowley’s Comedy Night Contest


comedyMitch Hoover was the top prize winner of Comedy Night held at Cowley College for his solo act, “My Hidden Love.”
“This was a wonderful night for Cowley writers and for those who just needed a laughter break. They performed to a packed house,” said Marlys Cervantes, club sponsor.  “The judges were impressed with the talented group, and they mentioned how wonderful it was for the students to write their own pieces and then present them. It takes a different kind of courage to put yourself out there in that way.”  
The performance space was filled to capacity with standing room only as over 80 people enjoyed the evening.
“We may have to consider other options for our venue in the future,” Cervantes remarked. “We love this setting, but we may have outgrown it. I’ll have to visit with Jamison (Rhoads), our Technical Director, about the set up of the evening going forward. It’s a nice problem to have.”
Judges for the event were Lacey Bauman,  Cowley graduate, John Dalton, who acts and directs in various community theaters in the area, and Ryan Doom, Humanities faculty member and author. Jamison Rhoads handled the technical aspects of the show, and members of the club volunteered in various capacities. Co-hosts for the evening were Joanna Carson, club president, and Jessica Dyer, club vice president. Members of Tyger Strypes Improv Club, a new club at Cowley, provided additional entertainment for the evening.
Winners for the evening were Mitch Hoover, first place; Tying for second place in the solo category were Jake Fletcher and Wayne Farley. A sketch written by Jake Fletcher and performed by Fletcher, Farley and Mitch Woods took the top prize in that category, with TMU’s skit that combined their writing, acting and musical abilities taking second. All winners received gifts with a variety of gift certificates and other items.
Carson and Dyer invited the audience to attend a couple upcoming events that will be hosted by Creative Claws. On April 29 at 7 p.m. at Brown’s in downtown Arkansas City, the club will host their final Writers’ Corner of the year. In addition, there will be an exhibit of works from creative writing, photography and communications classes called Life: Through Words and Lens  on May 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Wright Room. The public is invited to both of these events.