The Illini Union is an amazing resource because it holds daily and weekly events to entertain and educate students. From stand-up comedy to guest speakers, the Union’s mission is to serve Illinois students. Every college has a student union, but I can confidently say that the Illini Union is one of the best in the country, and this week has not convinced me otherwise.
There has been a new tradition started by the Illini Union where every Homecoming week, they invite a comedian to come do stand-up comedy for free for all students to enjoy! Last year was former Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah. He performed on the Quad and it was so cool to see someone as famous as him come to Champaign-Urbana to entertain us.
But this year they got a HUGE guest. They got Marlon Wayans!
He is a famous actor and is the current star of a Netflix Original called Marlon. Needless to say, hundreds and hundreds of students were so excited to see him. The line stretched almost outside the building because so many students wanted to see the free comedy show.
The room was filled to capacity to see Marlon do stand-up and it was so worth it. It was so nice to take a break from homework and studying to enjoy some stand-up comedy even just for an hour. Students like me were bonding with each other over the jokes and were so excited to see such a huge star come to the campus we love.
Illinois loves to give its students a reward for their school spirit, and I think these performers coming into central Illinois is one of the best rewards. It is an experience I will never forget! There’s simply no other school than Illinois that puts on a great start to Homecoming week. Homecoming week is typically a weeklong celebration of Illini spirit and if you come here at Illinois, this is a week you simply cannot miss! There are just too many opportunities to get involved and show your Illini pride!