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Opinion | Now is the time for humor

Opinion | Now is the time for humor

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

April 19, 2020

Humor is important. Not just fun. Not just enjoyable. In a war, humor is the first to perish. It is vital we maintain our desire for humor today and every day following. 

Staff Picks: Podcast Recommendations

Staff Picks: Podcast Recommendations

By The Pitt News Staff

July 9, 2019

Podcasts have gained popularity recently, with many gaining widespread critical acclaim, such as the true crime podcast “Serial,” or even being adapted into television shows, like “Homecoming,” starring Julia Roberts.

Seth Meyers brings ‘Late Night’ comedy to Homestead

Comedian Seth Meyers.

By Elizabeth Martinson, Staff Writer

June 18, 2019

As the host of the fourth iteration of Late Night on NBC and a former Saturday Night Live cast member, Seth Meyers has spent a good amount of time in New York City. But the comedian found some time Friday to visit his “ancestral home” of Pittsburgh, hosting back-to-back stand-up shows in Homestead.

Trevor Noah brings laughs to Pittsburgh

Trevor Noah at a “Loud and Clear” performance in Ohio.

By Elizabeth Martinson, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

Following a slickly produced video that was a cross between a pump-up video and an ad, Trevor Noah walked on stage to raucous applause from the audience at the Petersen Events Center Friday.

Hambone’s a comedy springboard for student comics

Senior English writing major Lorenzo Disilvio performs at Pitt Program Council’s “So You Think You’re Funny” comedy competition Wednesday night.

By Kieran McLean, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018

Stand-up comedy can be isolating. Two Pittsburgh comedians are trying to change that with Burning Bridges, a club for aspiring comedians that operates out of Hambone's Bar.

Student stand-ups take the mic

Senior computer science major Tyler Bobik recounts his family’s stories of bowel incontinence at Wednesday night’s stand-up comedy open mic event. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018

The crowd erupted in laughter as Nektarios Kasamias — whose parents immigrated from Greece — regaled them with tales of white friends who wished they had “more ethnicity.” “[They’re like,] ‘I’m just plain old regular normal American,’” he said. “Normal American? Let’s not go thr...

Review: Pitt Stages puts modern spin on Little Shop of Horrors

(Illustration by Rick Steinhauser/TNS)

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor

February 15, 2018

Upon walking into the Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland Friday night, I was immediately transported from the dreary Pittsburgh weather to the even drearier Skid Row. But after two hours there, I didn’t want to return to the Steel City. Pitt’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a 1982 off-...

Colin Jost jokes about Pitt, pot and primates

Comedian Colin Jost performs a stand-up routine at Pitt Program Council’s “An Evening with Colin Jost” Thursday evening. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Senior Staff Videographer)

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 9, 2018

Colin Jost was both surprised and delighted to find an article about an infected lab monkey that allegedly escaped from its cage in a campus research lab as the first result on Google when he searched “University of Pittsburgh.” “That picture of the monkey in the article is definitely not the same mon...

Editorial: Recognize the consequences of comedy

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 17, 2017

On the sidelines at the football game between Pitt and Oklahoma State this weekend, a female Pitt fan likely had little idea she would be one of the highlights from the game on social media. But that’s exactly what happened. A clip of Gianna Rockoff, a sophomore psychology major at Pitt, taking part in a ra...

Comedians crack up campus

Jesse Irwin, Pitt Alum and previous host of

By Luke Stambaugh | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017

In the middle of his comedy act, Pitt alum Jesse Irwin asked the audience if anyone had attended Latin religious school. “I went to Latin religious school, and I’m going to sing a quick song for you from Latin religious school,” Irwin said. “If you recognize the song, please sing along.” Irw...

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