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REVIEW: Larry David and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ master the most resilient formula in comedy TV

REVIEW: Larry David and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' master the most resilient formula in comedy TV

Shane René, Editor-in-Chief

February 3, 2020

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re on the Red Line heading home after a long day at work. It's just after 10 p.m. Your car is sparsely populated; no more than eight others, all with their faces buried in their phones or half asleep hugging their bags. All is peaceful and quiet.  Moments later, ...

Studio Eleven’s variety hour an introduction to all comedy has to offer

Performers at the Oct. 18 comedy show.

Sam Rahman, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

The sounds of standup, improv, musical and sketch comedy rang through the halls of the iO theater Friday night as the cast of “Studio Eleven” performed their variety hour. The dozen-person cast first assembled 13 months ago in September 2018 and has performed its self-written sketches weekly ever...

DePaul alumnus puts on comedy show

Hashem commanded the stage Wednesday.

Aaron Somo, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

The faintly illuminated bar room allowed just enough light to see your drink and the smiles stretching across each person’s face as the laughs rolled all night at Revolution Brewing. Highly touted for its tap selection, the popular Milwaukee Avenue brewery was testing out a night of stand-up comedy. The ...

What’s Fresh in Comedy

What's Fresh in Comedy

Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

May 6, 2019

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson   From the mind of “Saturday Night Live” alum Tim Robinson comes Netflix’s “I Think You Should Leave,” an offbeat and consistently funny new sketch comedy show. The first season is comprised of just six 20-minute episodes, all of which ar...

Isn’t it Romantic

Isn't it Romantic

Holyn Thigpen, Contributing Writer

March 13, 2019

“Isn’t It Romantic” delights in its own tongue-in-cheek parodying of the rom-com genre, poking fun at the clichés and character archetypes pervasive in classic feel-good films. The premise is simple: Natalie, played by Rebel Wilson, awakens in a hospital bed after a violent mugging incide...

Pete Holmes on comedy, commitment and the third season of ‘Crashing’

Pete Holmes on comedy, commitment and the third season of 'Crashing'

Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

February 25, 2019

“I always make the joke that we call the show ‘Crashing’ not ‘Flourishing’ for a reason,” said comedian Pete Holmes, the creator and star of HBO’s “Crashing,” now in its third season. In the new season, Pete sees his career and life in general, finally turning around for the better ...

Louis C.K. picks fight with Parkland

Louis C.K. picks fight with Parkland

Erick Zepeda, Contributing Writer

February 18, 2019

Comedian Louis C.K. has been trying to get his career back on track after five women spoke out about sexual misconduct. The accusations surfaced in November 2017, when the women came forward to discuss their stories. Incidents of C.K.’s sexual misconduct date back to the late ‘90s, one woman spoke...

The closed caption craze

The closed caption craze

Carolyn Bradley, Copy Editor

January 22, 2019

Subtitles have become more popular among television and movie fans, even amongst those who are not hard of hearing. People not only see them as useful, but also say subtitles even bolster their television-watching experience. Paul Booth, an associate professor of media and cinema studies, said he use...

Laugh track: Women in comedy continue to triumph over adversity

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Marissa de la Cerda, Contributing Writer

May 21, 2018

“Crude.” “Attention-seeking.” “Un-lady like.” “Un-feminist.” These are some of the reactions people have to female comedians and their jokes. Most recently, Michelle Wolf faced a lot of these criticisms for her roast at the White House Correspondents Dinner when she joked about the physi...

What’s Fresh in stand-up

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Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

February 26, 2018

2 Dope Queens   "2 Dope Queens" is the onstage adaptation of Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams' wildly popular comedy podcast of the same name. As a part of their show, they bring out some of the greatest voices in stand-up for short sets. In the first episode of the HBO series, they ...

Women’s work

Performer Christian Borkey on stage during a performance. They are a part of DePaul Improv and Sketch Comedy (DISC) and the comedy group 2002 Chicago Bulls.  (Photo courtesy of Nathan Zimmerer)

Kate Graham, Contributing Writer

February 26, 2018

Emerging from the January chill in her overalls and pink knit hat, Kristi Durkin rushes to sit down, rummages in her pockets for a scrap piece of paper and a pen, and begins to write a sketch idea on the back of a receipt. It’s an idea for a character based on the guy in her previous film class wh...

“Crashing”: Comedian Pete Holmes discusses HBO’s hit show

Recurring guest star Artie Lange and Holmes in a topical episode about Lange's substance abuse in season two episode

Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

February 19, 2018

In a crowded landscape shows following the lives and careers of comedians, “Crashing” has found a way to stand out. The semi-autobiographical comedy is currently in its second season and follows 28-year-old Pete, a novice stand up comedian after he walks in on his wife having an affair. From there,...

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