The Observer

A conversation with Jim Norton

A conversation with Jim Norton

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

August 24, 2018

Comedian and two-time New York Times bestselling author Jim Norton brought his brand of unapologetic candid comedy to Hilarites in Cleveland on Aug. 17 and 18. The radio personality appears on the “Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show,” and hosts the “Chip Chipperson Podacast” and “UFC Unfiltered Podcast wi...

A conversation with Colin Quinn

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 1, 2018

On Thursday, Feb. 1, Colin Quinn’s new stand-up tour is stopping in Cleveland for a night at Hilarities. Known for his work on many projects, Quinn was a cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL) in the 1990s and has had many successful off-Broadway and Broadway one-man shows—the most recent of which...

Steven Wright makes laughter spark curiosity

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

January 27, 2017

Friday, Feb. 3, 8:00 p.m. at the Ohio Theater Tickets- $45-$65 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

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

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

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

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

Demetri Martin performed stand up at UPB's Spring Comedian event.

Mahima Devarajan, Contributing Reporter

March 25, 2016

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

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

Martin will be visiting CWRU as part of his What's Your Major tour.

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 27, 2016

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...

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