Brown Barrel: Comedy Week

There’s an unbelievable number of events happening in comedy this week, so we’ll cut the foreplay and get to the good stuff:

1. The Storm of Mystery, a student-written, produced, directed, acted, crewed, and catered (feat. Brown Dining Services) dinner theater murder mystery play by the Brown Noser, is tonight at 7:30 in Andrews Dining Hall. Catered tickets sold out, but you can buy reduced price non-food tickets from 2-4pm today at JWW or at the door starting at 7.

2. Andy Kindler tomorrow at 9pm in Salomon 101. Kindler, a professional comic and judge Last Comic Standing, will share the stage with the Brown Stand Up Comics. It’s a free show catered for free by Mama Kim’s Korean Barbecue.

3. Starla & Sons, tomorrow at 8pm, location unknown to me now but surely very easy to find out. It’ll be their first show with brand new members– go to the show to find out who these people are!

4. Keep an ear to the ground for news on the time and location of the IMPROVidence long show. It starts somewhere, sometime on Friday and runs to Saturday for a whopping 28 hours.

5. An ADOCH show for everyone: at 11pm on Monday night in MacMillan 117, all four Brown performance comedy groups will unite. There will be a few jokes from the Comics, a few sketches from Out of Bounds, a few glorious bits of improv from Starla and IMPROVidence. Prefrosh want to see what Brown comedy is like, and are we gonna let them? Hell no. If they’re really the most selective class in history, let’s make them fight for the 8.7 percent of the seats left in MacMillan after real Brown students fill the place. Everyone’s invited.

6. You didn’t think there could possibly be a 6, but there is. The ‘RISK!’ shows with Michael Ian Black are next Wednesday, and tickets just went on sale. Get ‘em while they’re hot at JWW, 2-4pm every day until show date or until tickets run out.


Brown Barrel: Many Famous Comedians Coming to Brown

Many more famous comedians than you might have expected are coming to Brown in April!

Andy Kindler, the judge from Last Comic Standing, will merge forces with the Brown Stand Up Comics on Friday, April 8 for a massive and FREE show in Salomon 101.

Then, and this is up-to-the-second news:

Michael Showalter has just confirmed that he will join his longtime partner-in-comedy and Stella co-star Michael Ian Black for the April 13th RISK! shows in MacMillan 117. They will tell embarrasing stories from their past. Brown students and faculty will open the show with stories of their own, including one from (and this was just confirmed this week) English professor extraordinaire Deak Nabers!


Brown Barrel: Blue Room

The Brown Barrel is an alliance of Brown’s written and performance comedy groups. This column runs twice a week. The first is short written humor, the second foretells upcoming comedy events.

Blue Room Breakfast Warnings

Banana Walnut Muffin– Contains Walnuts

Cranberry Orange Walnut Muffin– Contains Walnuts

Almond Croissant– Contains Nuts

Fruit Danish– Contains Fruit

Spinach Feta Croissant– Contains Spinach, May Contain Feta

Ham and Cheese Croissant– Not Vegan

Sunflower Seed Bagel– Has Hole in Middle Continue Reading


Brown Barrel: The Weekend in Comedy

THURSDAY 9pm in MacMillan 117: Brown Stand Up Comics

It’s the day before Friday, and we we we so excited for the Brown Stand Up Comics’ last show before break (and last show before big-time comedian Andy Kindler visits in early April) so get down to MacMillan for a night of jazz, jokes, and partyin’ partyin’ (yeah!)!

FRIDAY, FRIDAY 9pm in Salomon 001: Starla and Sons

It’s Friday, Friday!! Think about fun! Then think about Starla and Sons’ amazing improv comedy show. Come to Lower Salomon, and see all your friends. They’re kicking in the front seats. Or maybe sitting in the back seat. How are you going to choose a seat?!

SATURDAY 9pm in MacMillan 117: Out of Bounds

No time for bowls of cereal today, because it’s Saturday, the day after Friday! After months of anticipation it’s finally time for Out of Bounds’ first show of the semester. Arrive early at MacMillan 117–it’s going to be fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!

SUNDAY 2pm, 3:15pm, and 4:30pm in List Art Center Room 110: Starla Auditions

Sunday comes afterwards, and you don’t want this weekend to end, so finish it off by auditioning for Starla and Sons, your improv comedy heroes from FRIDAY, FRIDAY!!


Brown Barrel: Ides

Note to the editor:
The voicemail in which you left me this column assignment was sort of staticky, so I wasn’t 100% clear on what the topic is supposed to be. Please accept these possible outlines for now.

THE PRIDES OF MARCH
● Getting through midterms.
● Finally shaking that cold.

THE TIDES OF MARCH
● High tide.
● Low tide.
● Medium tide.

THE SIDES OF MARCH
● Caramelized brussel sprouts.
● Roasted asparagus.
● Sauteed cabbage with spring onions. Continue Reading


Michael Ian Black at RISK!

If you were disappointed by this year’s Spring Weekend headliners, here’s another event during Spring Week that might cheer you up. Comedian Kevin Allison of The State runs a popular story-telling podcast called “RISK!” and after talking with Out of Bounds, Kevin and the show are officially coming to Brown for their first ever ever college gig. Michael Ian Black is slated to headline the episode, which will be split between two shows in MacMillan 117 on the Wednesday of Spring Week:

1. Wednesday, April 13th at 7pm in MacMillan 117

2. Wednesday, April 13th at 10pm in MacMillan 117