posted on: Thursday November 14, 2019
by Grace Whitman ’22 A&E Staff
On the night of Tuesday, November 5 at 11 p.m., hundreds of students made the trek down to the Smith Center for the Arts to support their fellow classmates and friends for the Six Gents’ Thanksgiving show.
Six Gents is Providence College’s only premier sketch comedy group on campus, and they put on multiple shows each semester. Even though the group is called Six Gents, there are actually 10 members in the group, including three new members who joined this semester.
The show began by introducing Six Gents’ new members through a skit called “Between 2 Gents.” This semester’s new members include Abbie O’Connell ’22, Jack Grosso ’22, and Sydney Cahill ‘22.
Thomas Edwards ’20 satirically interviewed the new members so that the audience could get to know them. He made jokes about O’Connell’s home of the Windy City and her animosity towards physical contact, and Grosso’s indecisiveness as he has yet to declare a major.
When Cahill came on the stage, she mentioned that she was from New York, but reluctantly confessed later that she was truly from New Jersey. This opening skit left the audience in stitches and it set the stage for the rest of the show.
Despite a few nerves before the show, O’Connell said, “I think the show went great! The sketches were really well received, and we’ve gotten a ton of great feedback. It was a blast!”
The group performed their original sketches for an hour, which included skits about Senior Ring Weekend, modern yoga classes, and the power behind being on aux.
Additionally, the cast had their own personal photographer who took staged photos of them between each skit. This little touch prompted a roar of laughter from the audience, especially when they formed a six-person pyramid just to get the perfect “candid” photo.
One of the biggest crowd-pleasers of the night was about PC’s club budget allocation. The skit poked fun at Six Gents’ limited budget of $850 alongside other PC Clubs. They made jokes regarding the fact that PC Republicans received $1000 more than PC Democrats and mocked the enormous sums of money that BOP and Friars Club receive.
Six Gents is a unique club on campus for many reasons, but their size is something that distinguishes them from other clubs. With only 10 members, Six Gents is known for being a very tight-knit group. “To me, Gents is all about just having a place to sort of goof off and express myself. It’s so much fun bonding with all the other Gents and learning from them, and I’m super excited to keep working on our future performances,” said O’Connell.
The show ended with a standing ovation from the audience, and students left with high spirits.
Members have weekly meetings to rehearse their skits, and performances are held in Angell Blackfriars Theatre in Smith Hall every few months. Keep an eye out for more late-night shows coming later in the semester, and do not miss a chance for some free laughs.