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IMPROVment’s 6th Annual Lake Effect

Sarah Parr, Social media editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy

“I like to lift weights in the forest because it hardens my soul. What do you like to do on a first date?” This was how IMPROVment’s president, fourth-year Brett DiCello, introduced a huge audience to the idea of suggestion-based improvisation games. Bringing together four other improv comedy tro...

Steven Wright makes laughter spark curiosity

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

January 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy

Friday, Feb. 3, 8:00 p.m. at the Ohio Theater Tickets- $45-$65 www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/steven-wright With his signature monotone deadpan delivery and thought-provoking style, comedian Steven Wright rose to fame in the 1980s after an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” establi...

Amy Schumer Comes to Cleveland

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

October 14, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Local Events

Walking into The Quicken Loans Arena (The Q)  Oct. 6 I was prepared for quite the show from America’s comedy “Sweetheart” Amy Schumer. Known not only for her stand up but for her movie, “Trainwreck” (which takes place in Cleveland), she has quickly become one of the biggest names in comedy....

The friends behind the The First Supper

Chrismaly Vidal, Staff Reporter

September 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Food

Event: The First Supper by The Den by Denny’s When: Sept. 2-3, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Rating: 5 out of 5 Denny’s Chicken Strips Every year, students from all ages at Case Western Reserve University gather at the weekend hotspot, The Den by Denny’s, to feed their nighttime hunger pangs. To...

Improve your Saturday nights with IMPROVment

Sarah Parr, Contributing Reporter

September 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Theatre & Dance

Case Western Reserve University's premiere short-form improv comedy troupe, IMPROVment, kicked off their performance season with a warm—or, dare I say, hot and sweaty—welcome from an entirely packed Eldred Blackbox theater on Sept. 3 from 10 to 11 p.m. “It was great to come back to school and...

“Stupid F**cking Bird” brings humor and life lessons close to the audience

Sanjana Singh, Staff Reporter

September 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Theatre & Dance

This past weekend, the play, “Stupid F**king Bird,” came to the Eldred Blackbox with high expectations. Written by Aaron Posner, the play brought the themes of love and life to light in a complicated but seemingly understandable way. For different reasons, the main characters all were disappointe...

Not your first choice

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter

April 15, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy

Hard-working students, diversity and modern buildings—universities emphasize these features in their promotional materials. But official videos don’t usually compare university centers to airports and describe a student’s experience as: “This kid is a BME/pre-med. He hasn’t slept in 14 months....

Comedy with a chance of snow

Comedy with a chance of snow

Eddie Kerekes, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Top Stories

It seemed as if Mother Nature knew there was going to be an improv show Saturday because she was practicing all day. First came sunshine, then wind, then thunder, then finally snow; it seemed as if she was making up the weather on the spot. Crazy weather certainly did not stop hundreds of Case Western...

Comedy is like asparagus

Comedy is like asparagus

Mahima Devarajan, Contributing Reporter

March 25, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy

After University Program Board’s Spring Comedian show on March 18, there appeared to be a clear stratification in student opinions. The most common comments heard after the show were “I like the first guy but not the second,” or “The second guy was cool, not the first.” Opening for comedian...

Comedy with a cause

Anastazia Vanisko, Copy Editor

February 5, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy

While the Democratic Party was busy deciding who won the Iowa Caucus with a literal coin toss, Bernie Sanders’ Cleveland supporters came out to Make Em Laugh Mondays at Grog Shop to promote their candidate with a night of comedy. The audience reflected Sanders’ support base—mostly white—and...

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