The Columbia Chronicle

Local improv podcast finds national audience

By Alex Stedman

December 10, 2012

Comedy lovers are often drawn to improv for its fast-paced, unpredictable format. One Columbia alumnus is using podcasts to feature improv talent, and his show is receiving nationwide attention.Jimmy Carrane, a Chicago-based improviser and author of “Improvising Better: A Guide to the Working Improviser,” launched a podcast on in October 2011 called “Improv Nerd,” which was recently picked up by Feral A...

How To: Improv

By Dannis Valera

October 29, 2012

Improvisation, better known as improv, is an un-scripted, spontaneous form of acting where the story, the characters--the whole scene is created on the spot.The Chronicle sat with BriElle Munizzi, Columbia's Improv Club President, and asked her some tips on how to be a successful improv player."Improv" "Theater Improv" "Theatrical Improv" "Stage Improv" "Improvisation" "Stage Improvisation" "Theater Improvisati...

Love reinstates chairs

By Heather Scroering

March 19, 2012

After a campuswide outcry sparked by the recent announcement that Fiction Writing Department Chair Randy Albers and English Department Chair Ken Daley would not have their contracts renewed, Interim Provost Louise Love has taken an unexpected turn and renewed their contracts for one year.Love, who is also vice president of Academic Affairs, announced the dramatic reversal March 13 in an email addressed to faculty and staff.“...

Elisa Yousett ‘battles’ time, finds humor

By Lisa Schulz

March 12, 2012

Even as an 11-year-old with a simple birthday wish to attend a concert, Elisa Yousett, senior arts, entertainment and media management major and marketing communication minor, dreamed of working in the entertainment industry. She began her managerial career early, hosting Battle of the Bands at her former Buffalo, N.Y., home from age 11 to 17. Now the full-time student balances five jobs and cofounded Blurp Events. Her re...

Cafeteria Christians

By Samuel Charles

February 14, 2012

I was raised Catholic, went to Sunday school and eventually attended Catholic high school. Once I graduated, I walked away from the Church and faith and haven’t looked back. It was the most liberating and satisfying decision I’ve ever made.In recent weeks, outspoken Catholics have voiced their disapproval of the clause in the health care reform law that would require Catholic hospitals and universities that provide their...

Improv icon, Columbia alum talks comedy

By Amanda Murphy

December 7, 2011

Chicago is famous for a lot of reasons. Pizza, hot dogs, Michael Jordan and Al Capone are commonly what comes to mind when Chicago is mentioned. But in the last 30 years, improv comedy has quickly risen to the top of what the city does best. Fostering the careers of Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and many more, Chicago maybe be nicknamed The Second City, but the city has proven to be the premiere enclave fo...

Opinion divided on prioritization

By Heather Scroering

September 13, 2011

Faculty members are buzzing about the  prioritization process recently initiated by Columbia and aided by Academic Strategy Partners, a consulting group.The Academic Strategy Partners’ “Report of a Consultative Visit” from April 2011 describes the process as one that will "enable the college to highlight its strongest programs" and reallocate resources from other programs.Bruce Sheridan, professor and chair of the Film and...

Chicago Dance Crash channels Buster Keaton in latest contemporary performance

By Brianna Wellen

April 25, 2011

Appearing in monotone hues, dancers in Chicago Dance Crash’s latest performance seamlessly transitioned from 1920s moves into hip-hop numbers. The dancers, who were spray-painted gray and dressed in black and white, visually emulated characters of the silent film era while executing modern day movements. The juxtaposition contrasted the conflicting ideas of the past and present through dance.“The Trials of Busta Keaton...

“Don’t Spit the Water” has gameshow hopes

By Brianna Wellen

March 28, 2011

At comedy shows around the city, drinks are a fixture in the hands of audience members. If comedians hit their stride and the audience laughs, drinks can become a hazard, spewing from the mouths of people in the crowd. Now, a local show combining game show sensibilities with comedy is counting on the spit reaction to make its way on local television.After success on the stage with its comedy-based game show, Blewt! Productions...

Substantial business growth for NHL in 2011

By Etheria Modacure

February 18, 2011

It was a new concept to an NHL All-Star game for 2011. Instead of having East vs. West or North America vs. The World, it was Team Lidstrom vs. Team Staal. Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes drafted players selected to the All-Star game to their respective teams.The final score was Team Lidstrom 11, Team Staal 10. Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks was named All-Star game...

Columbia improv group Droppin’ $cience going to Nationals

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

With a motto like “We make your tummies hurt,” it’s no surprise Droppin’ $cience, a student comedy group, made it to the finals of the Chicago Regional for the National College Improv Tournament. The group of 10 Columbia students beat out 11 other teams, including last year’s winner, Northwestern’s Titanic Players, for the chance to compete at the February nationals in Chicago.The competition took place at Come...

Columbia comedy team wins regionals

By Amanda Murphy

January 31, 2011

With the motto “We make your tummies hurt,” it’s no surprise Droppin’ $cience, Columbia’s student comedy group, swept the finals of the Chicago Regional in the National College Improv Tournament.The group of 10 Columbia students beat out 11 other teams, including last year’s winner, Northwestern’s Titanic Players, for the chance to compete at the February nationals in Chicago.“It’s extremely exciting beca...

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