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IMPROVment welcomes students back to campus with their Welcome Back Show

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

January 23, 2020

This past weekend, IMPROVment hosted their Welcome Back Show in Eldred Black Box, on Jan. 18. As it was many people’s first time at a Case Western Reserve University IMPROV show, two cast members explained how the scenes would be based on audience suggestions. “For example, this morning for bre...

A Talk with Ryan Hamilton before Saturday Show

Yugan Sakthi, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

This Saturday, Nov. 16, comedian Ryan Hamilton will be performing an original one-hour set at the Ohio Theater. Fresh off of the release of his first ever Netflix special “Happy Face,” which Decider called “highly contagious,” Hamilton’s comedy is wholesome, outrageously hilarious and acce...

Cartoons, “Catch-22” and hand turkeys

Cartoons, “Catch-22” and hand turkeys

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

April 19, 2019

“Comics are miraculous. They are immune systems. They are transport systems. They are time traveling devices.” Lifelong friends and fellow cartoonists, Lynda Barry and Matt Groening came together at Maltz Performing Arts Center for the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series, on Tuesday,...

Comedian Steven Wright discusses Twitter novel ahead of Cleveland show

Courtesy Josh Kidd (Pintrest)

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

March 22, 2019

“Everyone is a universe,” Steven Wright, an Oscar-winning and Emmy-nominated comedian said. Although he is a star in stand-up comedy known for his deadpan delivery and clever one-liners Wright’s talent extends far beyond a single metaphorical galaxy. In 2011, he started writing a novel,...

Cleveland Comedy Open features local comedians

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

January 18, 2019

The Cleveland Comedy Open (CCO) featured a wide variety of jokes including a super-roach, a barely sane father and an unsuccessful athlete with far too many participation trophies. On Jan. 14, the festival featured 12 distinct comedians on the local Cleveland stand-up comedy scene in the first pr...

Jolly Comedy Hour brings stand-up comedy to campus

Jolly Comedy Hour brings stand-up comedy to campus

Aura Rossy, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2018

Jolly Comedy Hour, held on Saturday, Oct. 27, marked the first stand-up comedy event at the Jolly Scholar. The event featured headliner Vishnu Akella, Brett Thomas and Marcello Hernandez. Thomas, the recipient of 2018 Cleveland Comedy Awards for “Best Joke Short-form” and “Rookie of the Year...

Charismatic comedians entertain CWRU

The Daily Show comedian Hasan Minhaj performed at Severance Hall on Friday as one of the University Program Board (UPB)'s spring comedians.

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018

Around 5:30 p.m. on April 13, passersby on Euclid Avenue could spot a line of students waiting to enter Severance Hall stretching outside the building. They were waiting in line for the University Program Board (UPB)’s annual comedy event, “Late Night with Hasan Minhaj and Special Guest Chris D’Elia,...

“Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

1. IMPROVment hosted “Lake Effect,” its annual comedy show on April 7. 2. Fifth-year student Brett DiCello and second-year student Tony Monczewski perform as IMPROVment cast members at “Lake Effect.”

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018

This past weekend, IMPROVment held their seventh annual “Lake Effect” improv comedy festival. The April 7 event was free and open to the public like all of IMPROVment’s shows, and featured visiting improv troupes. One of these troupes was Rare Form, a professional improv comedy troupe from ...

Satirical production knocks audiences “dead”

Players' Theatre Group's

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018

If you had a million dollars and only one week to live, what would you do? In Players’ Theatre Group (PTG)’s production of “The Dead Guy,” Eldon Phelps (Will Erickson), a narrow-minded town loser, faces a tough decision. Phelps is on a reality show that will give him one million dollars to...

Hasan Minhaj, Chris D’Elia announced as spring comedians

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 30, 2018

On Saturday, March 24, University Programming Board (UPB) announced this year’s spring comedians, Hasan Minhaj and Chris D’Elia, during their Spring Giveaway event. As usual, the comedians this year have easily recognizable names. Minhaj is best known for his work on “The Daily Show,” where...

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