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tomlargeTom Letourneau '13

My name is Tom Letourneau, and I am a senior from Dayton, Maine. I am an English and WGSS double major, and a Russian minor. In addition being on the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams, I am co-president of The Bridge, Colby's LGBTQ organization. Not only do I like to talk loudly about my personal life in public spaces, but I also like to tell others what to do. If you are looking for an opinion, or any sort of unsolicited advice, don't be afraid to not ask me. I am passionate about politics and post-colonial theory (I mean, who isn't), and I enjoy reading, listening to music, and watching TV. A sad thing about me is that I once had multiple piercings, but now I no longer have any. Another sad thing is that I have contributed at least one article to every issue of The Libel, Colby's "humor" magazine. Though most articles were written at the last minute at the behest of my roommate, an editor of the magazine, I nonetheless put The Libel on my resume. All of Colby knows I am important, but whether or not I am funny is debatable. What is undeniable, however, is my love for comedy and all of its limitless forms.

Who influences you in Comedy?
I think that I am heavily influenced by a wide range of mostly female comedians, whose life experiences I both admire and relate to, and whose humor is wacky, self-aware, and often critical of American social mores. I am drawn to comedic actresses such as Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, and Megan Mullally, and also to comedians such as Roseanne Barr, Paula Poundstone, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho (who came to Colby not that long ago), and Kathy Griffin.        

Do you hope to continue Comedy/Improv after Colby?
Yes. I would die (from happiness) to become a television writer. I don't think I could act or do stand-up, but writing is something I'm very interested in pursuing after Colby, and television is, to me, the ideal medium for both comedic expression and narrative. 

Does comedy need a "message"?
I don't think that comedy needs an intentional message, but I do think that all comedy does have a message, whether the comedian is aware of it or not. To me, comedy is an interpretation of the world that takes life experiences and regurgitates them in such a way that they become more understandable, relatable. A lot of comedy involves metaphor and irony; these are tools that the comedian uses to help themselves and others navigate the world, and how ridiculous or ridiculously mundane it can be. I think that comedy not only reflects culture and cultural anxieties, but also the self and the anxiety of being a human in such a world as the one we live in.

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