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Sketch Comedy Troupes Deliver Lighthearted Performances

Sketch Comedy Troupes Deliver Lighthearted Performances

September 8, 2017

Sketch comedy is a rare treat at Oberlin, but last weekend not just one but two sketch comedy troupes performed at the Cat in the Cream. On Friday night, Oberlin’s newest sketch comedy group; the self-styled “most innovative sketch comedy group on campus,” Doobie Ingenuity, gave a spirited performance to a nearly full house. The performers showcased some of the best skits from the group’s previous shows, introducing the audience to their brand of humor and hoping to inspire other prospec...

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

April 7, 2017

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 The Hangover trilogy, is an actor, comedian, producer, writer and musician. After graduating from Oberlin, Helms’ multifaceted skillset led him to a job as a correspondent for several years on The Daily...

Intersectional Comedian D’Lo Brings Variety Show to Oberlin

Intersectional Comedian D’Lo Brings Variety Show to Oberlin

February 24, 2017

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 Colors of Rhythm, and he’s since gone on to perform roles in HBO’s Looking and the Netflix original series Sense8. Co-sponsored by the South Asian Students Association, International Students’ Organi...

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

April 15, 2016

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 play, which will be performed in Hall Auditorium tomorrow and Sunday, is an examination of the U.S. post-WWII and pre-Vietnam. During this time, when teenagers increasingly participated in consumerism, t...

Feature Photo: Kid Business

Feature Photo: Kid Business

March 6, 2015

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 hold a show this semester and the only troupe not to welcome new members this spring. Oberlin students can look forward to a performance by one of the two long-form troupes, Primitive Streak, this Saturday...

New Oberlin-Centric Late-Night Show Features Student Comedians

New Oberlin-Centric Late-Night Show Features Student Comedians

February 20, 2015

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 concert at Finney Chapel on Thursday night. The performance kicked off a three-month tour across the U.S. to promote their new album The Phosphorescent Blues. The band has served as artist-in-residenc...

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 to assess damage done to the network’s credibility. Williams delivered an on-air apology on Feb. 4 for what he called a “mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” but his words were quickly overshadowed by a media cycle determined to scrutinize stories from throughout the anchor’s Nightly News tenure. On the same day as the suspension, revered newsroom comedian Jon Stewart announced that he would be l...

‘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 1997 comedy starring Chris Farley and Nicollette Sheridan with a 14 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Movie critic Pete Vonder Haar hated the movie so much that he wrote, “Maybe Death did Chris Farley a favor by sparing him from making more shit like this.” I definitely wouldn’t go as far as Vonder Haar, as I find it hard to believe anyone who signed up to watch a movie about a fat, idiotic ninja i...

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” long-form improvisation, staying on stage continuously for fifty-minute sets at a packed Cat in the Cream. The anticipation that usually draws crowds to this annual conference is the name recognition of the headlining act, the hugely popular group Upright Citizens Brigade, but the two other acts of the night also got their share of laughs — and yes, things got very weird. As the room quieted down, the first of the...

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 writer native to New Jersey, attend­ed NYU’s Tisch Institute of Performing Arts before drop­ping out. He’s most recognized for his role as McKinley Dozen in the comedy Wet Hot American Summer and his appearances on VH1’s nostalgia mash-up series I Love the… As might be expected of a comedian on his first visit to a small liberal arts school, Black started off his performance with a discussion of his preconception...

Off the Cuff with Judah Friedlander

April 27, 2012

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 stuff. Traveling can also get tiring, but comedy is my most favorite thing to do. It’s what I live for. I’ve also done a lot of drama too. … I feel like if you’re involved in art in any form, y...

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, however, this alternative to watching stunning acrobatic feats resembled the first-year orientation show “The OC” gone horrifically wrong. Before diving into everything that made it painful to sit through, it should be noted that the evening was not entirely dismal; there were, in fact, a few redeeming moments during the show. Take, for example “Connio and Colliette,” a skit satirizing tension between Oberlin’s...

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