Tag Archive | comedy

On laughter and trust

I had a friend who was a senior theatre arts major last year, the first year that senior theatre arts students were allowed to see the sophomore auditions. She came home that night in a tizzy. “I am NEVER doing a serious monologue again! Not if I have any say about it!” She then proceeded […]

The Healing Power of Comedy

The art of stand-up comedy is one that often doesn’t get studied by those not in the field. Upon first glance it looks almost easy to get up on stage and tell a few personal stories, making light of events that in the time they happened may have been life-changing, even traumatic. According to a […]

A laughing matter: the funnier side of theatre

As I read through the New York Times this morning there was an article that caught my eye. This Guy’s No Puppy Hugger talks about comedian Bill Burr. I originally had no plans to comment or discuss the article; I was merely reading it because I was curious. I find standup comedians fascinating and the […]

Why The Hell Are You Laughing: Humor, Satire, and Cunning in Egypt

On Tuesday from 4-5:30pm, I had the privilege to listen to guest lecturer Dr. Hazem Azmy, a dramaturg from Egypt. He talked about drama in Egypt before and after the ‘Arab Spring,’ and I soon noticed that humor played a significant role in the revolution. From satirical posters criticizing President Muhammad Morsi, to Bassem Yousef’s […]

Girls Poop

This past weekend I saw two Boston University School of Theater shows. Despite the fact that these shows were some of the first to go into performances this quarter and therefore had shortened rehearsal periods, both appeared incredibly well rehearsed and professional. Both were musicals. Both were funny. Both had elements of puppetry and moments in which […]

You Don’t Have to Make Retard Jokes to be Funny! (Why doesn’t everybody know this?)

maspormas.com Last night, I had the joy of attending Anthony King and Scott Brown’s “Gutenburg! The Musical!”. It was just lovely—clear, specific, and honest choices were made, the physical work from the actors was just stellar, and the music was simply excellent. It was a pleasure to spend 2 hours on the floor for the […]

When The Lights Go Out…

  What can be said about the end of the world now that couldn’t be said on December 21st, 2012? For one, there seems to be a lot more ambiguity surrounding the subject. Ancient predictions on Mayan calendars, mixed with post-Y2K anit-climax, have begun to infuse them with more and more film and theatre over […]

A Generous Piece of Theater

This past weekend I spent just over 24 hours away from my apartment, school, and life in Boston to see my brother, New York based actor-Alec Silberblatt– play thick skulled and spry, Mairtin Hanlon, in Martin McDonough’s, “A Skull in Connemara.” The performance, which took place in Pittsburgh, Pa at the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical […]

Let Them Roar Again!

This summer I interned with Clay Hopper as he directed New Rep’s Classical Repetory Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Great Expectations. This fall CRC will take these two shows and tour them around north east high as part of their education department. This past Friday, A Midsummer Night’s Dream previewed for Boston University and […]

Do Jokes Impact Our Perception of Society?

As we continue to talk about the impact of art on our society, I’d like to tackle an issue that I’ve always had mixed opinions on: joking about tragedy. I came across a Discovery News article on ArtsJournal recently that got me thinking. The article posed some almost formulaic reasons on why and how we laugh […]