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:
From the moist jacuzzi of Willie Zabar ’17:
The Wesleyan Comedy Committee presents esteemed comedian Dan Soder, who has been featured on on Conan, MTV’s Guy Code, and the Comedy Central Half hour. No ticket needed!
Date: Thursday 2/25
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: 200 Church
Regen Routman ’16 will be dressed as “Sexy” Regen Routman:
Halloween may technically be over, but we’re resurrecting it for one more night of sexy costumes, near-deadly candy consumption, and, of course, comedy.
Come get your tricks (and your treats) with Punchline!, Wesleyan’s premier stand-up comedy collective! We’ve got TWO NEW MEMBERS ready to make you faint with laughter (or terror).
SATURDAY // 8pm // NICS LOUNGE
Place: Nics Lounge
Regen Routman ’16 writes:
Come ease the transition from day-drinking to night-drinking with Punchline!, Wesleyan’s only stand-up comedy collective! Expect laughter, tears, and more laughter as we bid our seniors adieu in the only way we know how – with lots of jokes about penises (probably).
**in the event of rain, we will not relocate to the hockey rink**
- DATE?: TONIGHT!
- TIME?: 8PM
- PLACE?: Westco Café
Live from Middletown, CT, it’s Anna Bisikalo ’17:
From the heavens above who brought you Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the most #blessed of mothers who birthed Mindy Kaling, Sarah Silverman,and Margaret Cho, and the genius that decided to give Chelsea Handler her own talk show comes THE event of the year…
~~A variety comedy show brought to you by the WoMeN of Wesleyan’s comedy groups!~~
Female-identified members of Lunchbox, Desperate Measures, WeSNL, Gag Reflex, Vocal Debauchery, Punchline!, and New Teen Force will titillate you with a mashup of sketches, long and short-form improv,stand-up, and more. We’re celebrating women in the comedy world, and we would love for you to join us!
Saturday, April 26th. 6:30 PM. 200 Church Lounge.
Come laugh with us.
Bring your diva cups.
Date: Saturday, April 26th
Time: 6:30 – 7:30
Place: 200 Church Lounge
Cost: Free if you laugh!
Come see every comedy group perform live tonight at 7:30pm in the Nics Lounge! All groups will also be announcing their auditions, which are imminent!
- Desperate Measures: short-form improv
- Gag Reflex: long-form improv
- Lunchbox: sketch comedy
- New Teen Force: long-form improv
- Punchline: stand-up comedy
- Vocal Debauchery: a-cappella + sketch comedy
WHERE?: Nics Lounge.
WHEN?: TONIGHT at 7:30pm.
SHOULD I BRING A FRIEND?: Bring all your friends.
From Taylor Goodstein ’14:
Do you like comedy? Are you maybe thinking about joining a comedy group but you want to know what Wes has to offer? Do you have a free hour and half between the hours of 7:30 and 9 on Friday? Then you should come to the Comedy Combo Show!!
At the show, you’ll see Punchline members perform stand-up in between the improv acts of short-form group Desperate Measures, long-form, free-form group New Teen Force, and long-form, Armando performing Gag Reflex (say that five times fast). Also, catch the sketch comedy of Lunchbox and the a capella sketch combination brought by Vocal Debauchery. If you are interested in doing comedy at Wes, all groups will also be announcing their audition times!
Show starts at 7:30. Buffet starts at never.
Date: Friday, 9/6
Location: Nics Lounge
Hey. You look like you haven’t laughed in a while. We can fix that:
Everybody is welcome.
Comedy groups include:
- Desperate Measures (short-form improv)
- Gag Reflex (long-form improv)
- Lunchbox (sketch comedy)
- New Teen Force (long-form improv)
- Punchline (stand-up comedy)
- Vocal Debauchery (a cappella + sketch comedy)
Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Place: Nics Lounge
Cade Leebron ’14 wants you to come to a show very very soon! Here’s some more:
Before you head off to all kinds of wild spring break adventures (or an extended vacation in your childhood bedroom), come get silly with Punchline!, Wesleyan’s stand-up comedy collective.
Date: Tonight, March 7th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Alpha Delta Phi Living Room
Audition for Wesleyan’s premiere stand-up comedy group this Sunday! (Auditions are canceled on Saturday.)
Come with 2-3 minutes of prepared material, an anecdote, monologue, series of jokes your friends laugh at, or a more traditional “set.” Something funny, basically.
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Where: Jones Room (Theater Studios)