Before becoming a comedian, Morris pursed a career in journalism. Photo by: Jamie Haas

On the evening of Friday, Sept. 22, comedian Bryan Morris performed a set as a part of SGA’s WOW Weekend. As the audience relaxed in Farmer with pizza and mocktails, Bryan regaled them with stories, jokes and anecdotes that really got people laughing.

“I thought it was a great show, [the comedian] was actually funny,” said Anjelica Braxton, a UM junior. Braxton said she enjoyed the show, with one particular joke standing out as her favorite.

“When he was talking about when his ex-girlfriend’s mom walked in on him when he was using the bathroom in the sink, that was funny. I laughed so hard.”

While his routine was well received by most of the crowd, it was his engagement with the audience that really brought the house down. Morris often had a rapport with multiple members of the audience, poking fun both at those not paying attention to the show and those who snapped enthusiastically at his jokes.

Morris has been doing stand-up professionally for approximately seven years.

“I used to watch stand-up when I was a kid, and I was just like oh, I love this. And I was always trying to be the funny kid when I was young, so it just seemed like a fun thing to do, although I used to think you can’t do that as a career, but then at some point I was like, oh you can!” Morris said, explaining how he got into stand-up comedy.

When asked about his influences, Morris cited Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt.

“[They’re] people that a lot of people love,” Morris said. “A guy named Chad Daniels who is not as well known was one of my idols when I started comedy. Also Amy Poehler. I do a lot of improv and sketch, so I loved her when she was doing the ‘Upright Citizens Brigade.’”