Seales, Buteau bring race, sexual health and solidarity to comedy – The Rocky Mountain Collegian


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Stand-up comedian Michelle Buteau performs April 30 at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. Buteau and Amanda Seales were the two comedians who appeared on the RAMbunctious Comedy Show hosted by RamEvents.

Comedian on April 30th Michelle Buteau and Amanda Seales graced the Lory Student Center ballroom with tales of being high, young and in love.

2 Dope Queens performer Buteau, who recently announced her show Survival of the Thickest with Netflix, brought a lot of energy to the stage. With her bubbly personality and the hilarious stories of her “white man,” Gijs van der Most, Buteau left a lasting impression on students and community members alike.

“I’m really bad at being high,” Buteau said. “My husband is so good at being high, and one night we got basketball tickets, … and he said, ‘Let’s get high, and it’s going to be really fun because you don’t have to talk to anyone.'”

Stand-up comedian Michelle Buteau performs April 30 at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom.
Stand-up comedian Michelle Buteau performs April 30 at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. Buteau, who hosts the Netflix series The Circle, was one of two comedians to appear on the RAMbunctious Comedy Show. (College | Gregory James)

Unfortunately for Buteau, she said she hallucinated that the floor was moving and began whispering, thinking the basketball players might hear her. As with many of her other high adventures, getting high before the event couldn’t be more bearable for Buteau. She described other events like this, including a trip to a reptile sanctuary where she swears a lizard spoke to her.

She attributed much of her husband’s odd hobbies to his whiteness, and joked that she’d rather get high and make social change than fix a chair he found in the dumpster.

At the sight of so many white college students, she jokingly assigned viewers names before asking, laughing when her name was more stereotypically white than expected.

“The names are getting whiter,” Buteau said. After spotting the trend in names, she said, “Taylor, where are you?” which led to a burst of laughter when a girl in the middle of the crowd raised her hand.

Her set was filled with audience interactions and jokes about her “big-titty TED talk,” especially as she got more personal.

“I’m from New York and I get very nervous about going to the rest of the country and going outside of my five-block radius,” Buteau said. “If I don’t see black people or gay people or smell piss, I get nervous.”

Buteau transitioned into more serious conversation before Seales’ set, expressing her support for transgender women and referring to them through their own inability to bear children, and telling people that a woman isn’t defined by her fertility or childbearing capacity will.

As Seales took the stage, the HBO star, known for her roles in “Insecure” and “Black-ish,” commented on her stress over abortion laws in Florida and Texas.

“Can you still get abortions (in Colorado)?” Seales asked the audience, who shouted and applauded in response, signaling that the medical procedure remains legal in the state.

Stand-up comedian Amanda Seales performs at Lory Student Centr on April 30, 2022.
Stand-up comedian Amanda Seales performs April 30th at the Lory Student Center. This was an event for Colorado State University students and the public to have fun. (College | Michael Giles)

Both Seales and Buteau spoke about their college years, with Seales benefiting from the failures of her school’s sexual health clinic and the racism she experienced from teachers in New York.

“[My roommate]went to the clinic because she said, ‘You know, I’ve got cramps,’ and the clinician said, ‘Hm, I think you have an ectopic pregnancy.'”

Seales said that although her roommate was a virgin and the clinician had not performed any tests prior to testifying, the clinician was confident she was pregnant. Seales herself admitted to having a similar experience when she developed a yeast infection, and a doctor told her she had chlamydia without doing any tests or doing an exam. In response, Seales accused her boyfriend of giving it to her before discovering she was reacting negatively to the disease.

Much of Seales’ set joked about sexual health and her experiences with a vagina and how confusing it is, regardless of age. Her discussion of her own sex life turned into a conversation about a racist professor at her college telling an African student that white people had “civilized” Africans just to make him “act like an animal.” Audiences quickly became uncomfortable, and Seales said that teaching was one of the catalysts in her exit from college.

“Unless you have a Kanye action plan and we’ll see how that pans out (don’t drop out of school),” Seales said.

Stand-up comedian Amanda Seales performs April 30th at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom.
Stand-up comedian Amanda Seales performs April 30 in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. Best known for the HBO show Insecure, Seales was one of two cast members on the RAMbunctious Comedy Show. (College | Gregory James)

The adventure stories of Seales and Buteau in their sets did much more than entertain an audience made up mostly of lower-class CSU youth—by the end, it became clear that this comedy show offered a moment to relax without shying away from the social issues hide that could be found at the CSU and nationwide. Seales and Buteau provided a space on their show to celebrate diversity and promote change at universities and in society at large.

If you couldn’t catch it, Buteau’s comedy special Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia is available on Netflix, and Seale’s special Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’ is available on HBO and HBO Max.

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