Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

Laugh It Up: Stanford’s Comedy Takes the Stage

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

With finals just around the corner, laughs are a much needed commodity on campus.  And while that witty pun your Chem TA pulled about how you’ll all “polymer-ace the course” is well and good, sometimes it’s better to leave it to the professionals…er, professionals-in-training.

So what’s on the menu in terms of Stanford comedy?  Quite a bit actually.

Stand Up Comedy Competition, Friday, Feb. 25

Saunter on over to Toyon at 8pm to see the Campus-wide Stand Up Comedy Competition, hosted by Spiked Punchline.  It’s free and any student can enter, so whether you are laughing histerically with them or at them, it’s guaranteed to be entertaining.  Not to mention that if you stay to the end, the audience gets to vote on who should be the winners who advance on to the National College Comedy Competition hosted by Rooftop Comedy.

And as a reminder, Spiked Punchline also hosts a monthly Comedy Night at the Coho on Tuesday night from 8pm-10pm.

The Pillowman, Thursday, Feb. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 26

And for you fans of the darker side of comedy, a student production of The Pillowman, produced by Nathaniel Nelson, is showing through Sunday.  I can’t tell you too much about what happens, but apparently it involved child murder (that may not sound funny, but don’t even pretend you’ve never told a dead baby joke).  Tickets are $5 at the door.

Showtimes are:

Thursday Feb. 23 at 8pm
Friday Feb. 24 at 8pm, 12 am (midnight)
Saturday Feb 25 at 2pm AND 8pm
Sunday, Feb 26th at 2pm

at Prosser Studio Theater


Tumblr: Redefining the Repetition Joke in the Internet Age

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

On his blog today, David Pogue of the New York Times highlighted the brilliant humor of comments sections of fairly ridiculous products. He writes, “You can say what you like about the Internet—it’s filthy, it’s addictive, it breeds isolation. But man, it’s also the greatest platform for humor the world has ever known.”

While this is quite the lofty statement, the ‘repetition joke’–one based on a consistently reiterated premise–seems to have found a breeding ground on the Web in the form of Tumblr blogs (referred to as the tongue-twisting ‘tumblelog’). Tumblr is an extremely simple blog platform that usually takes the form of a one column vertical blog in which each post consists merely of a picture and a caption. Or, in humor terms, the opportunity for each post to be a joke. The simplicity of Tumblelogs makes them perfect vehicles for a repetition: the blog itself becomes a category, and all the posts are variations on a theme within that category. Quick, easy, and if done right–hilarious.

The concept of simple blog-as-one-joke-pony has certainly been around longer than Tumblr; lolcatz and Cake Wrecks are just two of many comedy blogs based on specific categories that predate Tumblr. The simplicity of Tumblr (plus the ingenuity it seems to attract), however, has made these blogs even more accessible and far easier to read. In just a few minutes, and for free, your joke is out there for the public.

I now present my top 5 Tumblr blogs. Enjoy…

Garfield without Garfield

Garfield without Garfield is “a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.” Really, anything without Garfield is better.