Evan Sykes/The Easterner
By Al Stover
Deputies James Garcia and Sven Jones approach two female suspects, accusing them of lewd conduct and credit card fraud.
Instead of arresting them, the deputies turn to the audience and ask them to give the suspects a round of applause.
Garcia was played by Carlos Alazraqui and Jones was played by Cedric Yarbrough, reprising their roles from the television show “RENO 911!”
Alazraqui and Yarbrough performed a stand-up comedy show at Eastern, Feb. 23 in the PUB MPR.
In front of an auditorium full of students, Alazraqui opened the show doing impressions of Simon Cowell, Russell Brand and Keanu Reeves.
He also spoke about his college days and about voicing characters in cartoons which include Rocko from “Rocko’s Modern Life,” Denzel Crocker from “The Fairly OddParents” and the chihuahua from the Taco Bell commercials.
Alazraqui also talked about world peace and how women should accept their bodies as they are.
“It’s not natural to be 6’4″ and 27 pounds,” Alazraqui said. “It’s not natural to have a head that came from a Mardi Gras parade and it’s stuck on a Tim Burton [clay animation] ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ body.”
Yarbrough appeared on stage 14 minutes into the show, dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Bad” and ripping off gold tear-away pants he had on over his jeans.
Seconds after Yarbrough’s arrival, he and Alazraqui began an impression battle.
After three rounds, Yarbrough ended the battle singing “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley.
As Alazraqui took a break offstage, Yarbrough talked about his experiences as an actor, working on cartoons like “The Boondocks” and appearing in movies such as “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “Black Dynamite” and “Miss March.”
He also discussed watching his friends being married and a trip to the gynecologist’s office for a sports physical at age 14 as a result of wandering into the wrong office.
“Somewhere, in some gynecologist’s office, I have a file with my name and my weight on it,” Yarbrough said. “I remember putting a question mark at the question: ‘Are you menstruating?’”
After presenting clips from RENO 911!, Alazraqui and Yarbrough came out as Garcia and Jones in their sheriff’s uniforms where they talked about safety and answered questions from students.
They then performed an improvisation skit with two student volunteers from the audience.
They began as victims and were turned into suspects accused of stealing Bill Murray’s identity and performing lewd acts at a school park.
Alazraqui and Yarbrough awkwardly tried demonstrating the lewd acts before referring to the students as “The Scissor Sisters.”
Heather Ashford, a film major, was one of the students on stage. For Ashford, being on stage with Alazraqui and Yarbrough was a little scary, but also fun.
“It was nice to meet people in [the film] industry,” Ashford said. “I loved watching ‘RENO 911!’ but I didn’t realize they were voices and characters in other stuff that I love.”
The show ended with Yarbrough breaking a glass bottle over Alazraqui’s head.
After the show, Alazraqui and Yarbrough had a meet-and-greet with fans.
Ben Ward, comedy and lectures coordinator for Eagle Entertainment, had previously met Alazraqui and Yarbrough at the National Association for Campus Activities West Regional conference in November 2011.
“We got to see a little bit of their act,” said Ward. “We really liked what we saw.”
According to Yarbrough, he and Alazraqui have been touring college campuses for almost two years.
“Carlos was kind of the brain for this whole thing,” Yarbrough said. “He asked me to come on tour with him. He had this idea for a ‘RENO 911!’ show and said ‘Let’s come up with an act.’”
For Alazraqui, traveling to different universities has allowed him and Yarbrough to interact with their fans.
“It’s neat when we get to campus because people realize, ‘Wait a minute. We thought you were just Garcia and Jones,’” Alazraqui said. “‘We didn’t know you did Tom Dubois and Colonel Stinkmayer and Rocko and Mr. Crocker.’”
Alazraqui notes that Yarbrough, who has only been on stage 45 times, has a stage presence that is equal to that of a comedian who has been on stage for five years.
Impression Battle Round by Round
Alazraqui: Arnold Schwarzenegger singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Yarbrough: Bill Cosby
Alazraqui: Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal
Yarbrough: Ray Romano and Brad Garrett
Alazraqui: Tony Montana from “Scarface” performing as a clown at a child’s birthday party
Yarbrough: Gnarls Barkley singing “Crazy”