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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...

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...

“Sausage Party” more to it than expected

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter

September 2, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

When the first trailer for “Sausage Party” came out, it made waves across the Internet. Never before had audiences been presented an R-rated animated movie like “Sausage Party.” I was just as confused as everyone else when I entered the theater. How could there be so much buzz surrounding t...

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 Shorts” started the last day of CIFF

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

April 15, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The final day of the Cleveland International Film Festival began with a crowded hallway leading to Tower City Cinemas, much like every other day of the massive event. Lines of film fans hugged the walls, waiting to be released into the cinemas. As the line for “Comedy Shorts” (the first film showing of t...

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...

Demetri Martin announces visit to CWRU

Demetri Martin announces visit to CWRU

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 27, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Top Stories

Demetri Martin recently announced via Twitter and Facebook that he will be visiting Case Western Reserve University as part of his 2016 “What’s Your Major?” tour. Although University Program Board (UPB) has not confirmed that Martin will be the 2016 Spring Comedian, his visit to campus on March...

Finale of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” succeeds with comedic gore

Finale of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” succeeds with comedic gore

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

January 3, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

Throughout its entire season, “Ash vs. Evil Dead” has proven to be a fantastic and bloody return to form for the long dormant original “Evil Dead” series. With this finale, entitled “The Dark One,” the first season of the new show ends with a tremendous close. The finale saw greater use...

News with a satirical twist

News with a satirical twist

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy

The Athenian is expanding. The campus humor magazine is now creating content specifically for the Internet with video project “The Athenian Update.” Done in the style of “Weekend Update” and “The Daily Show,” “The Athenian Update” aims to satirically present both campus and international...

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