By Eve Papa
Just a couple of weeks ago, Sacred Heart University had the exciting opportunity that students are still talking about: Josh Peck – former star of The Amanda Show and Drake and Josh, gave the university a visit that thrilled students and electrified a general buzz around campus.
This comedy Q&A evening with Peck took place on Jan. 31 and was hosted by Student Events Team (SET). This night in the Edgerton theatre featured a full house of wide-eyed students fulfilling their childhood dreams of seeing Peck in person.
Peck’s Sacred Heart debut was a whirlwind of emotions for university students, from the first email sent out informing students about the upcoming event to the chatter that occurred well-after the night.
Immediately upon first learning that Peck would be coming to Sacred Heart, the student body was getting excited and sharing this news amongst each other as well as on social media.
Although access to this exclusive event was limited to Sacred Heart students, the tickets were still a hot prize.
These tickets, which went on sale on a day that was a couple weeks prior to the event, sold out in less than six hours. Many students lined up outside Hawley Lounge hours before the ticket sales started to ensure that they would be in the same room as Peck on Jan. 31.
The Q&A, facilitated by sophomore and SET member Anthony Smith with the help of his fellow SET members, was a large hit amongst students.
Many students especially remarked on the idea of their childhood dreams coming true by seeing Peck in person, including sophomore Chloe McEneaney.
“He was very funny and made me remember a lot of childhood memories,” said McEneaney.
Peck spoke on a variety of topics, including his experiences with starring in TV shows and movies. Some students, one of whom being freshman Nicholas Dibernardino, remarked on his role as a Hollywood star.
“Josh Peck is a really funny and charismatic guy. I wish he was in more movies and TV because I really enjoy watching him,” said Dibernardino.
Peck also spoke on his funny encounters with fans, his heartfelt relationships with loved ones such as his mother and wife, and, perhaps most importantly, his thoughts on Sacred Heart and the local area.
Peck catered to the audience of students by displaying his knowledge of both on- and off-campus spots. This included references to 63s, Red’s, and the surrounding towns of Bridgeport and Fairfield.
Students took very well to this, and the crowd howled every time a university-specific joke was told. In fact, there were very few moments throughout the night in which the crowd was completely silent; Peck’s live performance overall drew a significant amount of laughter from the students.
Even after the event, students around campus are still talking about Peck’s visit and its impact. Frequently on campus, positive talk can still be heard from students on the laughter and sentiment of the night.