Keenan Revue: The 40 year-old TNDM

They're funny. They dance. P.S. I'm single?

Writing Irish | Erin Aucar | February 12, 2016

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You know those memes (like this one below) that contrast “what the world thinks of me” with “what I really am”.


Well, what the world thinks Notre Dame students do is study all night, have theology discussions for fun, and never set foot in the room of someone of the opposite sex after 2 a.m. on weekends. (Okay, maybe those are true. Sometimes.) But what we really do on weekends is laugh at penis jokes, crane our necks to watch the Keenan Knights strip down to jean shorts, and snicker at all of the Hillary Clinton jabs. Or rather, we do this on one very special night a year, THE night of the year, the Keenan Revue.

“It’s a night that we hope will start conversations, but also night where we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
– Noel Terranova, Rector of Keenan Hall

In all seriousness, there is nothing more “Notre Dame” than the Keenan Revue. Yes the guys throw in a few pop culture or news references and maybe a few universal college experiences (“Do you wanna pound a brewskieeeeee?” to the tune of Frozen, of course), but if anyone else tried to watch this show…They. Just. Wouldn’t. Get. It.

“Your mom’s so fat she lives in BP!” (What…do they mean like the oil spill or something?)

“Save the Alumni Dawgs…” (Is that like…pets that used to live at Notre Dame? Or does Notre Dame have a vet school?)

The skits are rife with dorm-specific jokes, allusions to our diversity issues, Jesus jokes, and parodies of Father Jenkins – all things that make a student’s four years here totally Notre Dame. I think it’s safe to say that the Keenan Revue is the ultimate “Total Notre Dame Move.”

For a freakin’ signature event, nothing else would last 40 years at Notre Dame and have all three shows sell out in thirty minutes. But this is a show that embraces tradition, humor, quirks exclusive to Notre Dame, and men shirtless with bow ties. (Not gonna lie, that pyramid move at the beginning of Act 1 was a sight to see). The Keenan Revue is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to school events. They even put too much effort into every detail of the program fliers (TNDM am I right?).

Major props to the Knights of Keenan Hall for all of their hard work and the time put into the Keenan Revue’s 40th show. “The 40-Year-Old Version” was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my four years here, and I am sure you made the Keenan Knights of 1976 proud.


P.S. Previous shows can be viewed on their Vimeo channel: