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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Gianmarco Soresi in Netflix’s “Verified Stand-Ups.”

Review | Gianmarco Soresi delivers a stellar stand-up set at Pittsburgh Improv

By Patrick Swain, Culture Editor December 8, 2023

Crossing the Monongahela for a stand-up comedy show is a big ask. Forgoing a swim, I hopped on the 61D and rode over the bridge past the city limits until the bus left me to wander through a sea of parking...

Comedian Dave Chapelle.

Opinion | You don’t need to be problematic to be funny

By Rachel Soloff, Assistant Opinions Editor October 27, 2021
Problematic jokes aren’t edgy — they are bigotry disguised as humor and have no place in comedy today.
Comedian Bill Burr will be in Pittsburgh on April 6 for two shows at the Benedum Center.  (Courtesy of Koury Angelo)

Comedian Bill Burr ‘Walks his way out’ to Pittsburgh

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor April 3, 2018

Since the last time Bill Burr was in Pittsburgh, he’s had a kid and written three seasons of an animated Netflix show, “F is for Family.” But he’s adamant that his worldview and his stand-up routine...

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)

Student stand-ups take the mic

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,]...

Jesse Irwin, Pitt Alum and previous host of Pitt Tonight, sings at Collegiates and Comedians in Nordys Place Wednesday evening. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Staff Photographer)

Comedians crack up campus

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...

Comedian Scott Blakeman gave a performance touching on his religion, politics and college life as part of a joint performance with his friend and fellow performer Dean Obeidallah. Thomas Yang | Staff Photographer

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer April 6, 2017

A Jew and a Muslim got up on stage in the William Pitt Union Ballroom — that’s not the punchline of a joke, those are the comedians. Comedians Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah brought their act...

Pittsburgh embraces the new Dave Chappelle

Pittsburgh embraces the new Dave Chappelle

By Vincent Smith / Staff Writer September 2, 2013

Sitting on the lawn at the First Niagara Pavilion, listening to a plethora of poorly chosen dance music, I believed that I was not going to see Dave Chappelle perform last Friday night. The interim music...

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