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The talents of Jimmy O. Yang, Nate Nagvajara and Peet Guercio (left to right) made UPBs Spring Comedian event a success.

Jimmy O. Yang kills it as UPB’s Spring Comedian

Christie Lanfear, Life Editor April 15, 2022

Stand-up comedy is a tricky art form. It requires bravery, practice, hard work and, most importantly, a good sense of humor. Even if you tick all those boxes, different audiences appreciate different jokes,...

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...

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...

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...

Courtesy Josh Kidd (Pintrest)

Comedian Steven Wright discusses Twitter novel ahead of Cleveland show

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...

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...

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...

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

Charismatic comedians entertain CWRU

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...

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.”

“Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

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...

Players Theatre Groups The Dead Guy ran last weekend, March 23 and 24 for two shows, one of which was attended by the playwright.

Satirical production knocks audiences “dead”

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,...

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