“Don’t Suck…”

Contextual Information

Time of Interview: April 21st, 5:05 p.m.

Location of Interview: Interior of Informant’s Room, Arts and Humanities

Informant’s First Encounter w/ Folklore: Freshman Year of Private High School

When Folklore is Performed: Before every theater performance.



“We ate Jolly Ranchers before every show, using the saying “Suck now so you don’t suck later.” If you didn’t have a suck you had a bad show, apparently.”


When performing in front of others, it is entirely possible that one could break or falter under the pressure of the crowd. By taking the jolly rancher, one receives a sort of placebo effect that allows them to remain confident while performing in front of others.