The Making of American Stand Up Comedy

The Making of American Stand Up Comedy

Laughter has been around as long as anyone can remember. While we can rely on laughter to continue to be part of everyday life, the things we find funny have gone through some major changes over the years. Stemming from the amphitheaters of ancient Greece where ironic and humorous stories and plays were created to speak about the realities of the time period without censorship. Sounds pretty familiar, right? Well, fast forward a bit to the 1800’s to a time where Americans were considered “as being of a dull and gloomy character” and “certainly not a humorous people”  as said by Charles Dickens (Gee, thanks a lot Chuck).

Early Americans did have humorists but the comedy of the time still relied heavily on lengthy stories and country life. It wasn’t until the turn of the century that the brand of comedy that the stand up comedian we know and love today was created. Historians trace the origins of stand up comedy to a very specific time and place: the Variety and Burlesque shows that flourished in New York City’s vaudeville theatres.

It was here that comedy started to catch up to the fast paced life of the growing cities.

Vaudeville performers refined their materials using basic setups and punchlines we recognize now a days. It is said that the first real stand up comedian was Charley Case, an African-American vaudeville performer. He was the first to break the mold and perform comedic monologues without the use of props or costumes (or pies in the face for that matter).

One notable joke from Charlie was a quick funny story in which Case and his brother Hank are sleeping in a bedroom with their father and they hear a noise downstairs.

“I think there’s a burglar loose in the house,” the father tells Hank.

“You should go down and find him.”

“I haven’t lost any burglars,” replied Hank. “Make Charley go down.”


And there you have it, the birth of American stand up comedian and the modern joke set up. We’ve come a long way from being labeled as dull and gloomy and from there created the most popularized form of comedy known around the globe. So it looks like we get the last laugh after all.

Like Comedy? We’ve got some cool comedians!


National DJ Month is a new contribution to the collection of monthly celebrations but it’s roots are much older than you think!

Believe it or not, the first disc jockey was an experiment on the airwaves. Waaaay back In 1909, sixteen-year-old Ray Newby was a student under the supervision of Charles “Doc” Herrold at Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless. He played the first records over the airwaves before the word disc jockey even existed!

This experiment from Garden City Bank Building in San Fernando, California (where the Herrold College was located) was soon being replicated by radio broadcasters across the country.  It wasn’t until 25 years later that radio commentator Walter Winchell coined the term disc jockey.

Today, contemporary DJs play music from vinyl to digital. Regardless of the medium they use, the term disc jockey still applies.

Hip-hop DJs became popular in the late 70s and 80s using multiple turntables and using the turntables themselves as an instrument to alter the music. Mobile DJs often act as the master of ceremonies at events or parties directing the evening’s activities.

And it doesn’t stop there!

DJs have become an integral part of the way we celebrate and have fun. From weddings and birthdays to the hottest night clubs, cruise ships and resorts – they are a staple in the “good times” department. Not to mention their innovative music creations and new experiences (“silent party”, anyone?) that keep us on our toes.

So give it up for the DJs. You can spell FUN without DJ but why would you want to?! They’re here to make special moments magical, parties rock, and experiences that you won’t soon forget!




Intersectional Feminism – By Dr. Megan Stubbs

From ‘Me Too” to ‘Ask Her More’ and ‘Don’t tell me to smile’, its clear that the current climate has feminism at the forefront. While these initiatives and more are starting very important conversations, it is important to note that when we say we are fighting for equality for women, that it truly means all women.

When using the term ‘women’ it is imperative that we look at marginalized populations, who incidentally are the ones who need feminism the most. Women, referring to gender, but are the challenges the same of a white woman vs a black woman? What about a straight woman versus a lesbian woman? What about a white lesbian high school graduate vs a straight Latina woman with a masters degree?

When taking into account all of the nuances that encompass differences women have in society, we are being intersectional. Widening our view on these important distinctions helps us on our way to practicing intersectional feminism. Universalizing the claims of relatively privileged women can often take away or even silence those in marginalized populations.

So if you are really into feminism, see how intersectional feminism fits into your world and see if you need to make any adjustments.


Holding degrees in Human Sexuality and Biology, Dr. Megan Stubbs is an energetic multi-media savvy Sexologist. She often hosts seminars, appears on television, speaks on radio and writes for many online and print publications such as Women’s Lifestyle Magazine and Playboy; and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, AskMen, Bustle, Refinery 29 and more! She is mindful of inclusion and brings a sensitivity to ethnic diversity rooted in her own complex heritage. Her programming is designed to entertain and educate with actionable steps and information the participants can use as soon as they leave!


We are attending APCA Spring Regional Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania!

We’ve got lots of amazing talent at APCA!

Check out the schedule:

————Friday, March 16th ———————-

SOHO Kings

Showcase time: 12:00pm

Location: Blue Room

Nash Fung

Showcase: 6:00pm

Location: Blue room

Face Off – BATSU!

Showcase: 9:30pm

Location: Red Room

————————–Saturday, March 17th——————-

Matthew Shapiro

Showcase: 3:30Pm

Location: Red Room

Joshua Fredenburg

TWO Ed Sessions:

10:00 am – Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Are You Emotionally Fit?

11:00 am – Are You Ready for the Future? Leading a Multicultural, Diverse, and Inclusive Team!

Can’t wait to see everyone there – it’s going to be so much fun!


Please come by booths 22-25 and say hello – we’re waiting with a smile, and a phone to add to our SnapChat story.

Artist Highlight – Xclusive

Have you had the chance to experience a performance by Xclusive? If not, you’re truly missing out. Through hip-hop/anime dance, audience interaction, and stand up comedy, Xclusive DELIVERS and keeps his fans wanting more!

“Hysterical – he kept the audience laughing the whole time!”  – Simmons College

Be sure to like his Facebook Page to keep up-to-date will all the awesome stuff he is up to. And if you’re interested in booked you can click here.

Artist Highlight – Snap Boogie

Snap Boogie’s Show is a high energy combination of multi disciplinary dance, pop and lock, tap dance, audience participation, comedy, and crazy physical stunts. This show can be performed indoors or outdoors. On a stage with full production or as a pop-up format to reinvigorate crowds at universities, sporting events, festivals, fairs, corporate and special events.

“Electrifying!” – America’s Got Talent

Be sure to like his Facebook Page to keep up with his exciting career, and if you’re interested in booking him for a show you can click here.


Artist Highlight – The Body Poets

Artist Highlight – The Body Poets

The Body Poets are an eclectic group of dancers who harness the raw energy of street performance and dress it up for the stage with unique costumes and special effects.

“It went VERY well. The group was flexible, engaging, and lots of fun” – Adams State University

To learn more about them and see what they are up to check out their Facebook Page.

For booking information please click here.


Tuesday Tunes – Plastic Musik

Happy Tuesday! This week we want to highlight a really fun group called Plastic Musik, great for both corporate and school events. These guys are AWESOME! By using all plastic instruments, including a product known as “Boomwhackers,” Plastic Musik is able to put an unexpected twist on some of the most recognizable songs of our time.

Be sure to head on over to their Facebook Page to stay up-to-date with what they are doing.

And if you’re interested in booking them for your next event click here!

Melissa is ready to showcase at NACA NE!

Melissa Shoshahi is a comedian who knows how to #MakeAnImpact! Don’t miss her showcase performance at this year’s NACA Northeast! #NACANE

You’ve seen her YouTube show, Lame Times With Mel, now see her in person! Melissa Shoshahi is a showcasing artist at this year’s NACA Northeast. Her witty stand-up and hilarious impressions will leave you breathless from laughter!

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The Body Poets – They will rock your campus!

THE BODY POETS (Instagram quick clip) from joyce jiawan on Vimeo.

Live on campus, The Body Poets are known to bring a very unique Street and stage theatrical performance. Their interactive performance includes dance, music, improv, audience participation, and a whole lot of oooh and awes! The Body Poets are champion performers and are at the top of their game. They should be at the top of your college experience, so contact your student activities board and have them book The Body Poets!

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