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VIDEO: Karmenife Paulino ’15 Delivers Powerful Comedy Set at Malcolm X House


Content warning: the following post and video discuss sexual violence and assault.

[Updated 2/16/17, 11:53AM] Check the bottom of the post for photos of the performance from Jejomar Erln Ysit ’19

If you were on campus at any point from Fall 2014 – Fall 2015, you might remember Karmenife Paulino ’15 as being something of a legend. Here are a few ways you may be familiar with her:

  • She became a very public activist against sexual violence, openly talking about her assault at Psi U her freshman year.
  • She also spoke out against members of Eclectic (which she was also a member of) for allowing her rapist into their home and perpetuating rape culture. Along with controversy surrounding a racial slur on a membership application, this contributed to Eclectic losing their house for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • She, along with Tess Altman ’17, created a photo project titled Reclamation during the Fall 2015 semester. We covered the project in a 12,000-word interview with Karmenife, and then the photos went viral. Even Margaret Cho took notice.

Since graduating, Karmenife has gotten involved with numerous projects and collaborations. She created a portrait series of black icons and turned OKCupid harassment (and her comebacks) into art. She’s written and spoken extensively on how white feminism perpetuates rape culture. She’s a very active presence on social media. And, to top it all off, Karmenife has started to perform as a comedian.

She returned to campus last Friday for a one-hour stand-up routine, “Make Your Own Reparations 101,” and delivered a rousing set to the packed basement of Malcolm X House. Her jokes covered everything from the Wes administration, to casual racism at her workplace, to scamming white men on Tinder. Watch the video of her performance after the jump:

Film Series: Divine Intervention

2002. Palestine et al. Dir: Elia Suleiman. With Suleiman, Manal Khader. 92 min.

In the spirit of Keaton and Tati, Suleiman’s wry silent-comedy performance anchors a very “loud” situation: the day-to-day life of Palestinians in Israeli-controlled territory. Subtitled “A Chronicle of Love and Pain,” the movie plays out a series of darkly funny and visually whimsical vignettes. Co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Blazing Saddles

1974. USA. Dir: Mel Brooks. With Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder. 93 min.

A land-grabbing railroad baron tries to drive off a tiny frontier town by getting them appointed a black sheriff, only for the new lawman to become their unlikely savior. Brooks’ comedy Western, co-penned by Richard Pryor, “rises below vulgarity” as it simultaneously offers slapstick gags, juvenile jokes, and a sharp satire of American racism.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Come(dy) Out of the Closet: A Queer Comedy Show

From Lauren Langer ’16:

College is a time to experiment. Maybe you were born to do standup, maybe you’re curious, maybe it’s just a college phase.

This Aprils Fools day, leave the jokes to us. Come support these queer performers as they emerge from the closet a second time; now as comedians.

We’re still looking for more performers, so email lnlanger[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or jlazebnik[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you’re “curious”

Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 9-10 PM
Place: the Bayit

Female Hysterics Comedy Show (PERFORMERS STILL WANTED!)

Lauren Langer ’16 writes in to tell us: 

On Friday, February 26th at 8pm in 200 Church, the Female Hysterics (an all female comedy collective) will be having their first show of the semester!

Come support your local female comics, many of whom will be trying stand up or sketch for the very first time!

*We are still looking for female-identifying performers! Beginners are especially welcome! If you’ve never tried comedy before, this is a chance to put yourself out there in a supportive environment! If you’re interested in performing or have any questions about the group, email Lnlanger[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016
Time: 8PM to 9PM
Place: 200 Church

Wesleyan Comedy Committee Info Session

From Willie Zabar ’16:

hxhj638Are you interested in comedy, the agency world, or talent management?

Then you should join The Wesleyan Comedy Committee!

Comedy Committee is a student group that books professional comedians to play shows at Wesleyan. It’s a great way to learn about the business, build your resumé, and meet people in the industry all
while creating awesome events for the entire school to enjoy.

Please join us to hear more about the group and learn how you can get involved.

Refreshments will be provided!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/911587315593280/

Date: Wednesday, December 9th
Time: 5PM-6PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112

All-Female Comedy Show

Lauren Langer ’16 writes in:

The Female Hysterics are an all-female comedy collective…

…you know the drill

Come see some brand new comedians perform stand-up and sketch comedy for the first time this SUNDAY (Dec 6) at 8pm in 200 CHURCH

We’ve got a hillarious fresh comedy show for you so come on time because we wait for no man

Date: Sunday, December 6
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: 200 Church

The Wesleyan Comedy Committee Presents: Aparna Nancherla


From Willie Zabar ’16:

Come join the Wesleyan Comedy Committee in welcoming outstanding comedian Aparna Nancherla for a night of standup comedy! She was named one of Time Out NY’s 10 Funniest Women in New York and has been featured on the Late Show with Seth Meyers as a writer and a performer. Also featuring Chris Duffy!

Date: Saturday, November 14th
Time: 9pm
CFA World Music Hall
Facebook Event: LINK

New Teen Force LIVE

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From Lauren Langer ’16:

new teen force brings you our biggest show yet…We are performing LIVE at Art House this Friday at 8pm!

Don’t miss this chance to watch improv comedy being performed LIVE for the first time in history.

Date: Friday, November 13th
Time: 8pm
Place: Art House
Facebook event: HERE