Harvard's daily newspaper The Crimson published a new comedy-centric issue of its weekly magazine Fifteen Minutes dedicated to the university's long history with humor, and it's full of great insight from Harvard grads like Spy magazine co-founder Kurt Andersen, former Simpsons showrunner Mike Reiss, television writer/producer Nell Scovell, comedian/author Baratunde Thurston, Office alum B.J. Novak, and more. Here's an excerpt from Mike Reiss's essay "Harvard Comedy (and Other Oxymorons)":
Back in the '70s, Harvard Comedy was considered an oxymoron. Like jumbo shrimp. Or Fox News. (For you legacies, an oxymoron is a contradiction in terms. [For you double legacies, a contradiction is… oh, forget it. You'd [...]
Last year Harvest Harvard had Amy Poehler (below) speak at Class Day and this year they had Andy Samberg. It's not fair. My commencement speaker was some old white dude, I think he was the House Minority Whip but he dressed nothing like Indiana Jones. (Where your hat at Steny Hoyer!?) Nonetheless, Andy Samberg did a great job being Andy Samberg, pulling out all of the Andy Samberg stops. He read that one timeless Yeats poem that sounds identical to Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It", seamlessly (not seamlessly, there were giant seams) worked in his three impressions, and talked all sexy-like to the moms AND dads [...]
Jay Leno was awarded the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals last Friday in what sounds like a pretty ridiculous ceremony: The awards ceremony began with Nikolus A. Ray ’11 and Matthew E. Whitaker ’12 — co-producers of the Hasty Pudding Theatrical’s current show “Kashmir if you Can,” — roasting Leno on topics ranging from his generally older viewer base to his conflict with Conan C. O’Brien ’85.
“In order to give our man of the year time to rest we considered moving our 8 p.m. show back two hours later,” Whitiker said.
But, Ray said, “We do realize that no one [...]