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Parker Otto

January 29, 2020

Comedian Brian Regan delivered family-friendly humor Sunday in a fantastic stand-up act at the Egyptian Theatre.The show touched on marching bands, starvation and political opinions, with all jokes resulting in a lot of laughs.Regan delivered clean-cut but hilarious humor that proved profanity is not ne...

Day 24 and 25 – Some Shakespeare and family time: A first-hand account of studying abroad

Catherine Carter

August 5, 2019

Day 24: Visiting Shakespeare's hometownHello everyone! It has been another incredibly busy day here in England! Today we went to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s hometown. We spent time walking around and visiting his birthplace, various houses, and gravesite. The weather was incredibly hot, rec...

Trevor Noah comes to Convocation Center

Northern Star Staff

November 7, 2018

DeKALB — “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is bringing his political satire and sly wit to NIU 7 p.m. Saturday at the Convocation Center.Trevor Noah took over hosting “The Daily Show” from comedian Jon Stewart in 2014 after Stewart retired. This year, “The Daily Show” has been nominated fo...

Comedy Tour Returns Esposito to Her Roots

Cayli Mitchell

October 16, 2017

Cameron Esposito is an up and coming comedic powerhouse. She performs small stand up spots on late night talk shows like “The Late Late Show,” “Chelsea Lately” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” She has a TV show on a subscription-based Seeso service titled, "Take My Wife." On the show, she plays her...

Senior actors perform comedy

Patrick Pastrana

October 2, 2013

Patrick PastranaStaff WriterDeKalb | Acting majors will try a first on the stage by experimenting with sketch comedy Friday night.“A Sketch Comedy Show: Not a Sketchy Show” will start at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Holmes Student Center’s Diversions Lounge.This is the first time the t...

‘Jackass’ Steve-O to perform comedy show

Jack Manning

September 26, 2013

Comedy frontman and “Jackass” star Steve-O will perform at NIU.The last big comedian to perform at NIU was Kevin Hart, whose show sold out. The Campus Activities Board is hoping to have a similar turnout with Steve-O.“We just posted the tickets today, and we’ve sold a lot already, so a lot of st...

Your text humor is measured in ‘ha’s

Danny Cozzi

March 21, 2013

Before we all left to celebrate our spring break last week, I was in class when I got a text from a good friend of mine. She was responding to a joke I made, which was an array of “haha’s” in all caps and an “LOL” at the end. Despite the obvious reason for her laughter being that I’m dow...

Lewis Black performs at the Egyptian Theatre

Katie Finlon

March 3, 2013

Lewis Black didn’t hesitate for a second to say that “we the people” are the problem with the United States and its politics. Black performed 9 p.m. Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. He touched on topics like healthcare, social security, Facebook as “the world’s most irritating...

‘South Park’ game brings perfect mix of comedy and entertainment

Jen Weddle

February 27, 2013

The fourth graders of South Park Elementary are still trying to be the coolest kids on the playground. This time, they come to us in a completely different form: A new role-playing game called “South Park: The Stick of Truth” will be released March 5. According to, the game begins by...

Brian Posehn brings laughs to the House Cafe

Comedian Brian Posehn performs his stand-up comedy act at the House Cafe on Friday night. His stand-up focused on personal anecedotes and his love for all things nerdy, particularly Star Wars.

Katie Finlon

February 10, 2013

This comedian won’t even touch religion and politics. Everything else, whether it is his own body or equating Star Wars with drugs, is fair game. Brian Posehn performed new stand-up comedy material at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway. After a last-minute cancellation from Ot...

‘Community’ to return funnier than ever

Jen Weddle

February 6, 2013

Fans, the wait is finally over: The dysfunctional study group will return to NBC in the season premiere, “History 101.” Season four of “Community” will premiere at 7 p.m. CST on Thursday. The critically acclaimed series had to take a brief break due to a few changes that needed to be made for t...

NIU alumni speak to students about about comedy writing career

Kevin Bartelt

October 1, 2012

Two NIU alumni, Damon Royster and Matt Solomon, spoke to students about their careers as comedic writers Sept. 27 in the Campus Life Building. Royster took writing classes at Second City in Chicago and was a writer for the production Udderball, which showed for four weeks. He is also currently taking...