by Catherine Goldberg ’20
The first ever “Saturday Night Live” at Providence College was hosted by The Board of Programmers in McPhail’s this past Saturday, December 2. The event was filled with laughs, food, and fun as Father Dominic Verner, O.P., the host for the night, kept the students entertained.
As Saturday Night Live always begins, the host, Fr. Dom, gave a witty monologue to set the stage. Fr. Dom opened up with references to Lil Uzi’s performance in October, leaving the audience cracking up at his interpretations of Uzi’s lyrics. He then proceeded to introduce Six Gents, PC’s very own on campus sketch comedy group.
With sketches written, directed, and performed by the members themselves, Six Gents took the stage. Members packed McPhail’s with laughter as they performed. Many of their sketches were Christmas-themed, while others portrayed cringe worthy dates. Their performances tended towards comedic profanity and controversial topics, but nonetheless, left the audience smiling.
Following their performance, Believers of Word, PC’s slam poetry club took the stage. The poets took the stage to bring the power of the spoken word to the event and the community. Members strive to bring together those who have an appreciation for poetry to collaborate, listen, and express themselves through poetry. Their passion was obvious as they exuberantly recited poetry.
Their compelling performance led into the next act. One of Providence’s favorite singing groups, Anaclastics, took center spotlight. Singing Ben E. King’s classic hit from the 60s, the group performed “Stand By Me,” inspiring the audience to dance and sing along. They also sang a newer tune featured in the popular Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why called “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron. The sounds of all the voices harmonized beautifully, making it hard to tell there were no instraments. The group truly encompasses the meaning of Friar Family, as their voices beautifully bounce off of one another. The crowd could not get enough of their passion, talent, and enthusiasm.
To close the live performances, Adam Hanna ‘18 reflected well-deserved success in his music career with a solo performance. The senior has been a rock star at PC and on Saturday, students were thrilled to see him rock the stage with confidence and natural talent.
At the end of the night, the McPhail’s community watched NBC’s own Saturday Night Live skits. The BOP coordinator of the event, Amanda Gaccione ’20, was thrilled with how the event went. Gaccione stated, “We had a lot of people come together and share lots of laughs. The event was overall very fun.” She personally was “very happy with it, and was extremely grateful to all the performers who came out.”
The audience loved the event and wants to thank BOP for the efforts to make the night so fun. Fr. Dom, Six Gents, BOW, Anaclastics, and Hanna rocked the show, and hopefully there will be another SNL event next year.