Mike Birbiglia Hosts Stand Up And Vote At Hofstra University

Mike Birbiglia hosted Stand Up and Vote at Hofstra University (Photo by Philip Hinds, Hofstra University)

The list of names read more like something you’d see on a Governor’s line-up than hosting a free voter registration drive on a college campus. But that was the point, as comedian Mike Birbiglia hosted Stand Up and Vote, an evening of comedy and voter registration, at Hofstra University.

The Sept. 20, Hofstra event was one of several that Birbiglia hosted at college campuses across the country, aimed at motivating students to register to vote. While students enjoyed comedy inside the Helene Fortunoff Theater, representatives from HeadCount, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes civic engagement, were in the hallway, registering students.

“You should consider voting. I don’t know if you noticed this, but we’re living in strange times,” said Birbiglia in his opening set. “I never cared about voting but lately, I’m just like ‘when can we vote again?’ I’m just wandering into high school gymnasiums, looking for levers…pulling fire alarms…because it’s an emergency. It’s a very unique type of emergency.”

Birbiglia and fellow comics Tom Thakkar, Sam Jay and Ted Alexandro not only provided humorous social commentary on the current political climate, but the perils of social media, terrible family members and living in New York.

Hofstra, which has held two presidential debates and the recent New York State Democratic gubernatorial primary debate, seemed a logical stop on Birbiglia’s tour. The university is currently in the middle of a Hofstra Votes campaign, which includes voter registration events, machine demonstrations, lectures and programs addressing policy issues on both sides of the aisle.

While the roughly 300 students who attended are only a small portion of Hofstra’s 6,861 undergraduate student population, when asked by Birbiglia if they were registered, the vast majority of the audience raised their hands.

“I definitely think its important, especially in this political climate, for people to take the initiative to be aware of politics and politicians running,” said Spencer Thurmond, president of on campus improv group Ha Ha Hofstra, which helped organize the event with the Student Government Association. “Our vote matters and people being able to sign up, especially at a college campus, is really important.”

“I’m already registered, and it’s very important people vote. I just wanted to come support and I also love Mike Birbiglia,” said student Briana Bonfiglio. “I think a lot of liberal students are waking up and voting. It’s gotten better but it could be better as far as young people turning out to vote.”

Betsy Abraham
Betsy Abraham is senior managing editor at Anton Media Group and editor of The Westbury Times and Massapequa Observer. She also writes for Long Island Weekly.

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