A random unicorn helmet, blacksploitation costumes, and a tight mix of the Notorious B.I.G.’s vocals over the beat of Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind” made for a sweet, but nonetheless bizarre, night when the 2012 Adult Swim Carnival Tour hit the University of Delaware campus.
On East Delaware Avenue, ambient sounds of laughter from more than 1,000 carnival goers — primarily comprised of UD students — coupled with mostly electronica and hip-hop tunes from Virginia’s DJ XSV, in addition to a performance by Maryland electronic artist Dan Deacon was heard from blocks away Wednesday night, successfully marking the first stop on Adult Swim’s 10-market college tour.
Featuring nearly a dozen unique carnival games and activities that spoofed traditional ones, carnival goers had the chance to win a variety of Adult Swim prizes, from “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” pins to plush “Family Guy” dolls and novelty hats. The all-free tour (launched in the mid-2000s) is held on college campuses during fall and spring as a way for Adult Swim to give back to their fans.
“It’s usually a 10-market college tour that we do and we all try to hit markets that we’ve never been to before that we know has an Adult Swim audience,” said Sarah Couyoumjian, the events manager for Adult Swim.
Outside the box
In the vein of the classic bean toss game, Adult Swim offers Toilet Bowel, a game in which contestants are tasked with tossing liquid-filled bags into wooden-shaped toilet bowls and urinals.
Other wacky activities included Balloonicorn, a game where guests don a pointy unicorn helmet and attempt to pop balloons within a 30-second time limit. There was also the Black Dynamite Players Convention, inspired by the live-action blacksploitation-spoof film “Black Dynamite,” which airs as a new cartoon on Adult Swim this summer. The activity allows carnival goers to get their photos taken while rocking blacksploitation apparel such as pimp hats and sunglasses.
Tiffini Johnson, 23, a second-year grad student studying environmental policy at UD, and her friend, Tete Tonwe, 24, a UD alum who earned a bachelor’s in English, had a blast donning ’70s-period clothing.
“I don’t usually participate in campus things, but since it was free I decided to come out,” said Johnson, an alum of Dover High School, who added she’s definitely an Adult Swim fan. “I really like watching ‘The University of China, IL’ and ‘The Boondocks.’”
Tonwe, who also graduated from Dover High, is pretty fond of Adult Swim, as one of her favorite shows is “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”
“It’s hilarious,” Towne said of the show. “They do really stupid stuff and it’s random. And it’s about a wad of meat that warps into Abe Lincoln. What’s not funny about that?”
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Adult Swim, launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/ PT), Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families, and is seen in more than 99 million homes in the United States.