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On the Record with Ed Helms, OC ’96, and Daniel Radosh, OC ’91

On the Record with Ed Helms, OC ’96, and Daniel Radosh, OC ’91

Transcribed by Tyler Sloan, Editor-in-Chief
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Comedy, On the Record, Recent Stories

Ed Helms, OC ’96, and Daniel Radosh, OC ’91, hosted this academic year’s final convocation Sunday night, “What’s the Point of Comedy? (And other pointless questions).” Helms, whose most iconic roles include an outlandish Andy Bernard on The Office and an equally obnoxious but fun-loving Stu in T...

Intersectional Comedian D’Lo Brings Variety Show to Oberlin

Intersectional Comedian D’Lo Brings Variety Show to Oberlin

Daniel Markus, Arts editor
February 24, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

A unique blend of stand-up comedy, poetry and storytelling awaits guests at the Cat in the Cream Sunday as actor and comedian D’Lo brings his touring variety show, D’FaQTo Life (pronounced “de facto”) to Oberlin. The show will be his first in Oberlin since 2013, when he performed as part of Co...

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Jake Frankenfield
April 15, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

For anyone acquainted with the cinema of the early 1960s — with its psycho thrillers, horror films and beach party movies — Psycho Beach Party will feel familiar. And it will also feel a little ridiculous. This makes sense, given that Pscyho Beach Party is a send-up of all those genres. The pl...

Feature Photo: Kid Business

Feature Photo: Kid Business

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
March 6, 2015
Filed under ARTS

College sophomore Kitty O’Neill bursts out laughing as the short-form improv comedy group Kid Business engages her in a humorous sketch. The group performed its first show of the semester at the Cat in the Cream on Saturday. Kid Business is the first of the three on-campus improv comedy troupes to...

New Oberlin-Centric Late-Night Show Features Student Comedians

New Oberlin-Centric Late-Night Show Features Student Comedians

Daniel Cramer & Zoe Kushlefsky
February 20, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

In case you haven’t heard from one of your folk music–loving friends or seen them hanging out at The Local drinking coffee and eating bagels, Punch Brothers are back in town. The American experimental folk and bluegrass band spent a week conducting workshops at the Conservatory culminating in a conc...

Williams Controversy Highlights Perils of Fame in Objective Journalism

Editorial Board
February 20, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Media lenses turned inward last week when NBC announced its Feb. 10 decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Revelations that the Emmy Award–winning news personality had repeatedly misrepresented his experiences reporting on a 2003 Iraq War mission left the news network reeling, trying...

‘Rotten’ Flick Features Last Farley Appearance

February 20, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Nate Levinson Columnist This column is the first in a series that will review movies that receive the dubious distinction of an under-20 percent rating on the Tomatometer on rottentomatoes.com: the movies we love that the critics didn’t. This week I turn my attention to Beverly Hills Ninja, a...

Improv Troupes Find Humor in Low Places

Matthew Sprung, Staff Writer
April 18, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Sometimes improv comedy gets weird — but even though this weirdness can turn newcomers off to the genre, it’s also the best part of the show. To kick off the two-day Oberlin College Improv Conference last Friday, three professional improvisation teams performed what could be considered “extra”...

Black Aims to Shock Audience in Stand-Up Show

Matt Sprung, Staff Writer
March 14, 2014
Filed under ARTS

Michael Ian Black strolled onto the stage of Finney Chapel Wednesday night and started off with the obvi­ous question: “What the fuck is going on outside with this weather?” This was immediately followed by, “This is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.” Black, a comedian, actor and...

Off the Cuff with Judah Friedlander

Off the Cuff with Judah Friedlander

Allegra Kirkland, Editor-In-Chief
April 27, 2012
Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

You’ve been doing stand-up since you were 19. Did you ever consider a career outside of comedy? Was there any point in your career where you got tired of it and wanted to quit? If you’re not working on new material, then you can get bored of your act, but I try to always be working on new stu...

Horny Piscapo’s Arm Confuses Audiences

Eva Sachs, Staff Writer
April 15, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Sex, relationships, sex and relationships, drugs, sex, relationships. That basically covers the thematic material covered by last Saturday’s show with sketch comedy group Piscapo’s Arm. Despite the aerial showcase happening upstairs, the show in the Cat in the Cream was well attended. Unfortunately,...

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