Students and members of the community laughed as Stephen Jones presented his comedy routine in the Kirkham Auditorium May 17.
Jefferson Snow, who has worked with Jones for five years, started off the night with different song parodies including a lullaby about monsters that may or may not exist, songs about Gollum from Lord of the Rings, girls addicted to Twilight and a song about Harry Potter fans.
In the comedy routine, Jones danced to different genres of music, impersonated people from different cultures and included the audience in games like ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’
“I liked that they were LDS, so they could tell LDS jokes that we would all get,” said Rachel Cooper, a junior studying exercise physiology. “I also really liked the dancing, because Jones was so talented, and I didn’t know someone could do those moves.”
Jeff Cooper, a senior studying economics, said that he really liked how Snow did the voice of Gollum and Smeagol, because of how hard it had to have been for Snow to keep that voice for the song. Jeff said he liked that the show was good and completely clean the whole time.
Rachel Cooper said they came to see Stephen Jones because they thought it was a good stress reliever and because they saw the signs that were posted on campus.
Marie Esplin, wife of ROTC faculty member Harmon Esplin, said the show made her laugh a lot and put her in a good mood.
“I liked the multicultural jokes,” Esplin said. “I liked them because they put everyone at ease with each other.
Esplin said that she really likes the comedy shows performed at BYU-I because they are always appropriate and entertaining.
Stephen Jones was introduced to stand- comedy as a child.
“My first time I ever did actual stand- was at a birthday party,” said Jones. “They had a talent show, and I wasn’t even planning on doing anything, but my friend said ‘Why don’t you tell some jokes?’ so we grabbed a napkin and I wrote some ideas about things I said to my gro of friends, and I did it.”
Jones said that he did his first planned performance with a gro at BYU called Humor U. He arrived late, and thought he wouldn’t be able to perform.
“At the end, they said, ‘Anybody else want to get ?’ and I did,” Jones said. “And they asked if I wanted to be in the gro, and I said sure. So that’s when it all started.”
Jones said he likes acting things out along with the jokes to add variety to his comedy show.
He said he really enjoys performing his act and that what he likes best about being a comedian is being able to go on the stage and see people start to get excited about what he will say. He said there was a woman in his ward that told him she watched his videos while she was sick, and they made her feel better.
Jones said he gets his ideas for his routine from everyday life. He said he likes being able to do comedy that is clean, because he does not believe in being vulgar, and there are plenty of things in life that are not vulgar, but than can still be entertaining.
“Life is funny,” Jones said. “I can’t even tell you how many times I have been with a gro of people, and they are talking about stuff that everyone is interested in, and I notice it. Then I think ‘I am going to write a joke about this topic,’ or about everyday life, and the things that happen to me. I also write about my insights and my twists on things.”
He said he does not believe that people need to change who they are in order to be accepted and that he is okay with being himself in his routine.
“It doesn’t matter if you are doing comedy, or being an accountant, or a P.E. teacher,” Jones said. “Just be yourself, and don’t try to live your life for other people.”
Jones is known for his acting in the Old Spice parody commercial, “New Spice: Study Like a Scholar, Scholar.” The video is a commercial for BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library in Provo, Utah.
Jones said that he did not expect the response that the commercial received, with over 3 million views on YouTube. It was also shown on CBS news on July 16, 2010.
Jones said he knew the video would be high-quality because of the hard work that went into making it, but he did not expect it to become as popular as it is.
“I studied social psychology as an undergraduate, and I want to be a teacher on a large scale,” Jones said. “I want to use the same talents and skills I use as an entertainer and teach those principles so that people can apply to their businesses.”
Jones said that when he was little, he wanted to be many different things, including a baseball player, a singer, a rapper and a seminary teacher, but ended studying psychology.
He said that as a child, he wanted to change the world, and that is still what he plans on doing in the future.