A Late Night TV Show Is Coming To Cal Poly

A Late Night TV Show Is Coming To Cal Poly

"The Nightcap with Jordan Miller".
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It's easy to throw around ideas. We all have the "what ifs," the plans with no follow-through. But a group of Cal Poly students has done what many of us fail to do: pushed something further than just talk and made it a reality.

"The Nightcap with Jordan Miller" is a nonprofit late night TV show brought to you by your very own Cal Poly students. After seeing Miller's flyer for the project, economics junior Ian Howard and communications junior Jack Fink immediately knew they wanted to be involved.

"It's a late night talk/comedy show written and produced by students. Our goal is to produce and film solid comedy that when applicable and appropriate, will touch on and bring up some touchy subjects. I guess I can really only speak for myself, but in my eyes the show is basically a way to get creative and bring ideas from inkling to something a little bit bigger. It is, in my eyes, not about making statements about social issues, it's about comedy. Coincidentally, a lot of the time those two will overlap. But for me personally, it's about jokes," Howard said.

All in all, this late-night talk-utility show is first and foremost a comedy. Though often times comedy pushes the limits and touches on some controversial topics. The show will consist of pre-shot sketches, live skits, music, and surprise special guests. The show will be aired on local TV.

Howard had previously reached out to Fink to start a "writer's room" where they could write sketches and try stuff out with the help of some awesome people, he said.

"Jack and I met with a few people (Tim Gachot, Hannah Moser, Bri Rodebaugh) a handful of times and didn't really get much done because we just laughed for a few hours at a time. Then Jack found a flyer for Jordan's unformed club and we went to a meeting. And it seemed interesting so we kept showing up," Howard said.

The project is unaffiliated with Cal Poly. Fink describes it as just a "group of students wanting to make people laugh." Miller is the host, creator and utility player for the show. Howard, Fink, Rodebaugh, and Tim (Gachot) are the main writers. Elena Wasserman is the director. Miller, Fink, Howard, and Rodebaugh are also actors along with others such as Liam Sorahan, Noah Lyons, and Arlo Rudy. In addition Gachot a 3rd year archetictual engineering student, is the graphic designer main player, and one of the key reasons the show is actually happening. The cast and crew consists of many others though these are the main players.

The premier event is Saturday March 5, 2016 at 8 P.M. This red carpet event is open and free to all students in the Business Silo. That's right, if you've never been to a red carpet, here's your chance. So put on your best dress or tux and enjoy a night of live-entertainment and music.

"In relatable terms, it'll appear like a less glamorous version of SNL (Saturday Night Live). We will be showing a few pre-recorded sketches as well as running a few live skits and main pieces," Howard said.

As of now, this will be a monthly show. Though according to Fink, they hope to make it weekly in the future.

"I'm a big TV person. I've always liked it. I wanted to go to film school but for a few reasons that never came to fruition. For me, this is a way to get a little bit of creative energy out. It's a little hard to find situations like this at Cal Poly so whenever one presents itself, it's always been nice," Howard said.

Though they don't plan on continuing the show after they graduate, many of the crew members plan to go into this field and use the skills learned from creating The Nightcap.

"I've always had a huge passion for comedy, so being able to hone in on my writing skills through this process has been amazing, and I can't wait to do more of it," Fink said.

At the beginning it's all just talk. Just a group of friends laughing and throwing around ideas. But sometimes those what ifs become a reality.

Cover Image Credit: Courtesy: Ian Howard

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


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Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

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When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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