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Lance In The Wild

KBFT has always been Christian Brothers students’ daily source to what’s new and happening in our community. With segments about athletics, academics, and the arts, the show provides a fun break from the school day. As the show has grown, segments have become more creative and drifted away from the traditional ways of news channels. […]

KBFT has always been Christian Brothers students’ daily source to what’s new and happening in our community. With segments about athletics, academics, and the arts, the show provides a fun break from the school day. As the show has grown, segments have become more creative and drifted away from the traditional ways of news channels.

KBFT crew member Lance Labasas (’21) has taken on the opportunity to create a segment called “Lance In The Wild”, which brings out the chaotic energy within the Christian Brothers community. With his awkward and spastic humor, Lance approaches students with perplexing questions, leaving them stunned and bewildered, making for a hilarious segments that leave the Christian Brothers audience wanting more.

Lance’s first appearance with the segment came on this season of the Talon Morning News, and since then has become a somewhat staple to the weekly news entertainment package. But how did “Lance In the Wild” come to be?Lance and fellow classmate Aiden Baglin (’21) had a broad idea of what they wanted to add to this season of KBFT.

“My friend and I were just thinking about ideas of what to do for KBFT and the original plan was to get one of our friends to do it, but it ended up falling through,” Lance says. “I guess I just took on taking over the segment even though it was really out of my comfort zone.”

KBFT Program Director Mr. Brendan Hogan ’95 has allowed Lance and Aiden to take their broad idea and try to create a segment with their own twist.

“To say what my first impression of his idea is to assume that he had an idea,” he says with a chuckle. “Lance said he wanted to do a man on the street, Main Lawn type of video. These type of videos have been done in variation throughout KBFT for many seasons.”

“They didn’t really have a plan, but they just went out and did it.”

Lance at all school lunch during a recording of “Lance In The Wild”.

Lance says Mr. Hogan’s feelings toward the segment fluctuate due to the randomness of it.

“It’s hard to tell how Hogan feels about it sometimes — it really is,” he said with a sigh. “Sometimes he really likes it — other times he is so confused.”

Before the segment aired, Lance was known as a quiet, withdrawn student on campus. But Mr. Hogan had always noticed his comedic and eccentric humor.

“Not to out him, but Lance is a introverted kid. However, last year in video one he would just fire out these one liners, but he would say them just quiet enough to where only the people around him could hear and laugh about it,” the video production teacher says. “I started tuning into what he was saying, and it really would just be funny things. Honestly, Lance just had to find it inside himself to get out there.”

Lance takes inspiration from comedians and entertainers such as Eric Andre and ex-YouTube creator FilthyFrank (musical artist JOJI). If you have watched either one of these creators, you could note the similarity in dry, wild, and awkward humor that Lance uses for his own KBFT segment.

“I don’t really understand my own humor either — it’s confusing, but fun. I think it is similar to the comedians I said I take influence from, but it also is more awkward just because of who I am.”

KBFT’s main focus is to create a outlet and news source for and by the Christian Brothers students. With students taking the reigns of the show and creating their own segments and packages, the show as a whole is a way for students to express and put out information important to them and other students of our community.

“I consider Lance’s segment not to be news at all, but YouTube-esque, and YouTube’s primary goal is to make somebody laugh or be entertained. If you’re funny, you get engagement,” Mr. Hogan says.

“Lance’s videos do that. It is goofy and pointless and basically three minutes of your life that maybe parts of the school community are like ‘I’ll never get that back’, but I think most people watch the short segment and they get a chuckle. And not from some basic one liner joke — they laugh because it is awkward.”

Lance says students have reached out and given him ideas of what to add into the segment,

“People will just walk up and say well maybe you should do this or add this to the segment,” he says. “I always think about it, but sometimes it just doesn’t go with what I want to happen in the segment.”

“Outside of just feedback on what to add, some people just come up to tell me it’s a funny part of the show.”

“Honestly we just want to get our student body involved in KBFT,” Mr. Hogan explained.

“The thing that makes this segment different is Lance — Lance doesn’t neatly fit into our boxes of character types of high school kids. So he connects with other kids that identify that same way. He makes them feel comfortable and then sticks a microphone in their face, and they interact in a way multiple others tried to do in the previous years but failed to. He just makes these kids feel comfortable and interact with the Christian Brothers community in a funny way.”

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