By David Wheat
Other Side Drive Host
The Comedy Association at Texas State University is a club with a history dating all the way back to 2015. They aim to bring comedy enthusiasts together to perfect their craft. Throughout history there are moments of greatness, then there’s these guys.
The Comedy Association was founded by Garret Buss in April 2015. Buss founded the organization during his freshman year at Texas State University after discovering that the college didn’t have a group dedicated to comedy. The organization has performed primarily in the San Marcos and Austin area at various social outlets. As a club, The Comedy Association has an elected board of individuals that plan and oversee club activities on and off campus. The organization is divided into three groups known as stand-up, sketch and improvisation (improv) comedy.
The first meeting held by President Garret Buss brought in a crowd that far exceeded his expectations.
“There were way more people that showed up than I thought there would be,” Buss said. “The best part was that each person at the meeting thought that they were the only new member joining the club.”
For the first meeting, Buss had brought all of those interested in joining the Comedy Association together but they all believed that the organization had been active for years. It was quite a surprise when they all figured out that it was the first Comedy Association meeting ever!
The Comedy Association began as a stand-up comedy group that would perform during open-mic nights at coffee shops and hangouts throughout San Marcos. After gaining new members and reaching out into other fields of comedy, the organization branched into three groups (stand-up, sketch and improv) that members can be a part of depending on what type of comedy they are interested in.
The organization currently meets each week on the Texas State University campus.
“The entire Comedy Association meets on Fridays at 5 p.m. at George’s (a recreation and dining area on campus),” Buss said. The stand-up group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., the sketch group meets on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and the improv group meets on Saturdays at 3 p.m.”
The organization has an electoral process to determine who the president, vice president and chairmen will be. The president is Garret Buss and the vice president is Norma Villatoro followed by three chairmen. The first chairman is John Heft with the stand-up group, the second is Tommy Anderson with the sketch group and the third is Michael Rivera with the improv group.
The Comedy Association welcomes anyone who has an interest in comedy to come to a meeting during the week. For more information on the organization’s upcoming events and meetings visit their Facebook page.
“We’ve been a club forever,” Buss said. “Look out for our Christmas Special!”
Featured image by Carlos Delgado via Wikimedia Commons.