The Oberlin Review

Ed Helms, OC ’96, and Daniel Radosh, OC ’91, returned to campus Sunday to give a convocation titled “What’s the Point of Comedy?
(And other pointless questions),” which featured a frank discussion of satire, its boundaries and its current role in American

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...

Feature Photo: Back to School Improv Xtravaganza

Feature Photo: Back to School Improv Xtravaganza

September 2, 2016

Student group Primitive Streak performs at the first improv event of the year, Back to School Improv Xtravaganza. The show also featured The Sunshine Scouts, Neurotic Fiction and Kid Business, who all took to the stage Thursday night at the Cat in the Cream.

Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

November 13, 2015

College senior James Koblenzer (center) gestures toward College senior Ben Hyams (far left) alongside fellow Kid Business members College senior Annie Peskoe (left), College first-year Jon Krakaur and College sophomore Max Freiman. Kid Business, Oberlin’s short-form improv troupe, teamed up with two long-form troupes, Primitive Streak and Sunshine Scouts, for the Parents Weekend Improv Showcasepalooza at the Cat in the Cream Friday, Nov. 6. The show was well-received by parents and students alike....

Improv Community Misrepresented in Arts Article

May 8, 2015

To the Editors: We, members of the three improv groups noted in the recent article titled “Community of Improv Performers Grows Tighter,” take issue with not only the content, but also the process by which the piece was written (The Oberlin Review, May 1, 2015). Many individual members felt their personal experiences were not reflected or altogether ignored, and we wish to use this platform to express our discontent with the portrayal of us and our community. First, we would like to call to question the lack of communication between the author and the improv community. At no point were directors of the groups aware an article was in the works. A photographer showed up at a recent Primitive Streak performance withou...

Community of Improv Performers Grows Tighter

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor

May 1, 2015

Despite rumors of past rivalry between freeform improvisational comedy troupe Primitive Streak and shortform troupe Kid Business, Oberlin's improv community appears to be tighter than ever. Members of the troupes filled the majority of seats at other’s shows this weekend, marking a transition to an even warmer relationship among its members. This weekend alone was a busy one for the trifecta of comedy groups on campus, with improv shows ushering in eager crowds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. After shortform troupe Kid Business opened the weekend’s program of events on Friday, longform troupe Sunshine Scouts and freeform troupe Primitive Streak held shows on Saturday and Sunday evenings, respectively. College...

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...

Improv Troupes Concoct Crazy Characters in Joint Performance

Dessane Cassell

October 4, 2013

On Saturday night, Warner Gymnasium’s Studio Two was filled to the brim  students packed in for a double dose of improv. Primitive Streak and Sunshine Scouts, Oberlin’s long-form troupes, treated the audience to a night of appropriately inappropriate comedic spoofs, proving once more that you’re never too old for Mean Girls references or some awkward sexual tension. The 10 members of Primitive Streak bounded through the rows of mismatched chairs, bleachers and couches to take their place on the studio’s main floor at 8 p.m. sharp. In signature improv style, the troupe started things off by soliciting some weird, funny and occasionally gross suggestions from the audience. Settling on the term “metamorphoses” for a ...

Scouts and Streak Amuse Parents, Demonstrate Wit

Lucy Weltner

November 16, 2012

The annual Parents Weekend improv showcase opened to an audience of curious families and excited students, sprawled around the Cat in the Cream’s few tables and over most of its floor. Guitarist Andrew Gombas, OC ’12, introduced the show with charming, witty stage banter and a few cutesy but skillfully played original songs. The songs — dealing with such issues as falling in love with a jellyfish and becoming romantically snowbound in a cabin — ranged from endearingly silly to annoyingly trite. Fortunately, Gombas mitigated any potential for obnoxiousness by radiating genuine friendliness, speaking with candor about his love for a high school girlfriend, which “hit him in the face like a dead fish,” and enthusiastically...

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