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K leaves audiences laughing
comedy revue treats alums, prospective students to Kellogg
22nd annual sketch comedy revue, Special K, brought down the
house again this May, with sold-out shows in Evanston and
San Francisco. As in previous years, Kellogg students produced
an engaging batch of clever send-ups of life at Kellogg. This
year's performance -- titled "Who Let the Dean Out?"
in honor of Dean Donald Jacobs' retirement -- featured a 12-piece
band and full technical staff. More than two dozen students
ascended the McCormick Auditorium stage over Reunion Weekend
in a surprisingly professional production that took light-hearted
jabs at Evanston ("Our Town"), Kafé Kellogg fare
("K Rations") and a pipe-smoking Harvard case writer
("Infatuation LLC (A)").
repertoire was especially impressive considering that these
performers were also busy earning their MBAs. With no time
off from classes to perfect the 21 skits that ran about two
hours, actors fired up their laptops and cracked their textbooks
during rehearsals while waiting their turn to strut their
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favorites this year included "Face in the Crowd,"
which poked fun at students who failed to submit photographs
for the school's photo directory and as a result were instead
represented by the school's official seal. "If you don't
send a photo, you get the logo!" a second-year student
explained to a new Kelloggian. "K Rations" took
no prisoners in its critique of cafeteria food at Kellogg.
Based on a Britney Spears tune, the skit was a well-choreographed
romp bemoaning the fate of students whose schedules allow
no time for such luxuries as off-campus dining.
skit took the Beatles' Paperback Writer" as its inspiration.
"Infatuation LLC (A)" spun the romantic saga of
a Kellogg student who found herself transported by the academic
rigor of a Harvard case writer.
of the performance paid tribute to Dean Jacobs. "Who
Let the Dean Out?" considered the possible roles Jacobs
might assume in retirement. Suggestions included running for
political office, joining the NASA space program or "taking
Walter Matthau's place in Grumpy Old Men 3."
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