February 26, 2014

Comedy Club Looks to Set Itself Apart From Others

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The newly registered Cornell Comedy Club — an organization with a focus on stand-up and written humor — will begin holding weekly meetings Tuesday.

Conceived last Spring, C3 saw several of its initial members graduate and did not hold fall meetings due to issues with recruitment and scheduling, according to club president Roma Patel ’16. As a result, the club was not registered with the University last semester.

Lyle Berstein ’16 said C3 differs from many other comedy groups on campus because it takes a more holistic approach to comedy techniques.

“We do everything, from stand-up comedy to improv,” said Berstein. “We are also working to create comedy videos for Youtube.”

Marguerite Silverman ’16, vice president of C3, added that the club hopes to set itself apart from other comedy groups on campus.

“Our goals for this semester are primarily to introduce and establish a new style of comedy on campus that differs from other groups in that our focus is on stand-up and written comedy as opposed to improv and sketches.

Last spring, weekly meeting consisted of developing jokes and practicing stand-up routines, according to Patel.

“People would contact us and ask us to perform, and we want to keep on doing that,” she said.

Patel said the only significant change she plans on making to C3’s formula is implementing a tryout process to perform.

“The only thing we’re changing this year is that we are making the whole process a little more formal and selective,” Patel said.

Silverman said the group is seeking to increase its visibility on campus.

“[We] want to increase our membership and become a well-known comedy group on campus and … just have a good time with fellow performers and lovers of comedy,” Silverman said.

Cornell students have already expressed interest in C3’s return.

“I think that there is a distinct difference between a comedy club and a comedy group that performs,” Millicent Kastenbaum ’16 said. “I think comedy clubs service a unique niche that comedy groups do not.”

Kastenbaum said that the club may appeal to students that do not have the time to perform comedy and would instead prefer to meet in an informal setting.

“They may want to learn more about it and meet with others who are interested in comedy as well,” Kastenbaum said. “And I think this is where something like a comedy club comes in.”

The organization encourages anyone slightly interested in comedy to join and attend its weekly meetings, according to Berstein.

“You don’t need to have any prior experience to have a good time,” he said.