Greg Walloch delivers comic relief at University’s CCAR – News – The Pace Press

Storyteller and comedian Greg Walloch made an appearance at the University on Oct. 5.
The event was held in the Student Union and was hosted by the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) and Student Development and Campus Activities (SDACA).
The event began with an hour of Walloch’s standup comedy followed by a question and answer session and a workshop.
The theme of the evening’s performance was “otherness.”
Walloch knows a lot about being outside the norm — he was born with cerebral palsy and is openly gay. Both of these, as well as other aspects of his life, are part of his routine.
Walloch has as an autobiographical style, describing himself as a storyteller and his performances consist mainly of stories from his life while living in New York City and California.
Walloch began performing when he was 18-years-old and has been doing it for 22 years now. Hw moved to NYC in 1992 and he says this is when he began to regard himself as a “comedian.”
A lot of his stories were funny and people began labeling him as a comedian, so he went with it. “Labels can bad, but they can also help us identify each other,” Walloch said.
Walloch takes no quarter in his humor and no subject is off limits. His routine covered his disability, his sexuality and homelessness.
The humor can be seen as crass at times, but it created an intimate connection between him and the audience.
Walloch was very sociable and took time during the performance to involve the crowd.
It can be hard to tell if Walloch was serious sometimes — his delivery very sarcastic and sardonic.
It is understandable since he is faced a lot of discrimination in his life and has used his stories to deal with it.
Walloch is originally from Southern California, but moved to NYC to pursue his comedy career. He currently resides in West Harlem and many of his stories relate to his life in NYC.
“Comedy was not my aim at the start, it’s just that some of the stories I was telling happened to be funny,” Walloch said.
Walloch used the night to share his personal mantra for dealing with tough times. “May I feel like I feel when I’m about to eat cake,” Walloch said.
He recommended that all attendees replace “cake” with anything they truly enjoy and repeat the words when they are feeling particularly stressed.
“I think that the Greg Walloch event was a great success. Greg’s jokes and stories all probed notions of normality and otherness in subtle and complex ways.
“Moreover, they provided a lot of material that students could take home and chew on, particularly in regards to people who different based on visible and invisible identity traits,” CCAR Program Coordinator Jessica Anderson said.
After the event Walloch stated, “I enjoyed the students at Pace. New York City always attracts a smart and eclectic community of people that is reflected in the students at Pace University.”
Check out CCAR’s website for more event information such as volunteer opportunities, student discussion, Alternative Spring Break and how to join at Other ways are joining CCAR’s listserv and becoming a fan on Facebook.