Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘The World’s End’ is a near perfect blend of sci-fi and comedy

By Cory J. Willey

October 1, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Movies

This year, we have seen a high quantity of films prophesizing the inevitable destruction of the world as we know it. So it would seem an almost impossible task for a similarly-themed film to stand out amongst this doom-obsessed crowd. “The World’s End,” however, accomplishes just that by d...

The Vulgarity of comedy

By Denise OBrien

September 10, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Long ago, I made the conscious decision to never, under any circumstance, watch a modern-day comedy with my mother in the room. If I can’t bear the thought of her presence during a romantic Disney Channel scene, I certainly...

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” disappoints

By Soren Hough

April 2, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

MCTIt has been a long time since Jim Carrey has been funny. For the past decade or so, the iconic 90s comedy superstar has been stretching the limits of his acting ability with critical darlings "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" a...

Demetri Martin brought his unique sense of humor to Northampton

By Cory J. Willey

March 15, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Comedy, Culture

Demetri Martin brought his unique brand of humor to the Calvin Theatre on Wednesday, marking Northampton as one of the first stops on his Point Your Face This tour. Levi MacDougall, Martin’s opening act, was a writer on Martin’s former Comedy Central show, “...

“Silver Linings Playbook” breaks the mold

By Steffi Porter

December 5, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

It is difficult to find a love story that hasn’t already been told or doesn’t make you cringe as it drips with clichés and sappy dialogue. “Silver Linings Playbook” has accomplished this very feat. In 122 minute...

John and Jon bring big laughs to the Calvin

By Ayush Kumar

November 13, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Comedy, Culture, Music

When a performer successfully gets the audience to sing “all we want to do is eat your brains” in a zombie like trance, chances are it was a pretty good night for comedy. In a truly collaborative performance at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, humorist John Hodgman and geek-songwriter ...

Back in Black at the Calvin

By Justin Surgent

November 1, 2012

Filed under Archives, Arts & Living, Comedy, Culture

“It’s not going to be that exciting,” Lewis Black said flatly as he walked out to thunderous applause, “ you've come with an energy I can’t respond to.” But for a 64 year-old man, Black kept up pretty well with the you...

“Black comes back to Calvin”

By Justin Surgent

October 26, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Comedy, Culture

Known for his outright anger and ease with profanity during his politically-charged comedy performances, Lewis Black is one of current day comedy’s icons. Black will be performing at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton tonight at 8 p.m. According to Black’s bio on his website, he is origina...

“American Reunion” that some old slice of pie

By Herb Scribner

April 9, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

It was like that warm, friendly piece of pie, just like Mom used to make. Relying on its old tricks – and not necessarily bad ones either – “American Reunion” brings back the loveable and warm laughter of the “American Pie” trilogy that defined the late ‘90s and...

Comedian Bill Burr to perform at Calvin Theatre tonight

By Dave Coffey

December 1, 2011

Filed under Comedy

Bill Burr will bring his brand of raunchy and reckless stand-up comedy to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton tonight. After selling out Carnegie Hall on Nov. 11, Burr received the Comedian of the Year award at the Boston Comed...

Comedian Russell Brand plans UMass takeover

By Kate Evans

November 16, 2011

Filed under Comedy

Going to work at MTV dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks may seem a bit over the top. Then again, so may receiving The Sun’s Shagger of the Year Award for three consecutive years. Instead of bei...