Day: May 22, 2014

Meet Me In New York: Phoebe Robinson

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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“Braving the Unknown,” Susan Messing’s Ted Talk in Chicago, April 2014

“Taking a risk — maybe a tiny one, maybe a giant leap, into the unknown.” Spend the next 14 minutes with Susan Messing, who tells an audience last month at a TedX UChicago event that when she wanted to grow up, she dreamed of being goalie for the New York Rangers, a swimming coach, or perhaps an actor. Instead, Messing became an improviser. A damned great improviser. A founding member of Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, Messing graduated from Northwestern University in 1986 and has studied and taught at both the iO Theater and the Second City Mainstage, as well as teaching now at DePaul University,...

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Charlie Day returns to Merrimack College to deliver 2014 commencement

Charlie Day showed up on campus at Merrimack College in 1994. Twenty years later, Day ’98, returned to deliver an inspiring commencement address to Merrimack’s Class of 2014. His life lesson: “Don’t wait for your break, make your break. Go make it happen for yourself.” Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Charlie Day: “You cannot let a fear of failure, or a fear of comparison, or a fear of judgement stop you from doing what’s going to make you great. You cannot succeed without this risk of failure, you cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism and you cannot love...

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