Friday, December 4, 2009

DT Gem: Mask and Wig on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1958) (VIDEO)

UPenn and The Mask and Wig Club

Being the proud Mask and Wig alum that I am, it is no secret that I love promoting anything having to do with this group which is so rich with history (dating back to 1889!).

On that note, last summer I showed you a great clip of the Mask and Wig Club being referenced in a 1937 Warner Brothers film.  And now, as part of my "Blast from the Past" series, I have another classic Mask and Wig clip!

UPenn and The Mask and Wig Club

The club has been doing their signature "kickline" forever and for years, even when I was in college, I had heard they were once on "The Ed Sullivan Show".

Well now I have video proof!

Wanna Be a Stand-Up? Be Part of Her Poo Poo Platter of Los Angeles Comedy

Lesley introduces her Fresh faces line up and does some stand-up about her 
love for Barry Manilow, followed by the very strange booty texts she has received.

Lesley WolffI've done great posts on this very funny and well connected Los Angeles stand-up/casting director before.

And now Lesley Wolff's (C'93, Bloomers) popular Los Angeles workshop starts up next week and you can be a part of it! If you've ever wanted to do stand-up, but were afraid, Lesley is the person to train under! I've been to several of her shows and she really knows how to bring the funny out of novice stand-ups.

Per Lesley,
"The Fresh Faces workshop is a 5 week workshop taking you from never doing stand up to a 5 minute set at The Hollywood Improv. The class is all about finding your individual point of view and getting personal . If you have a life you're a comedian. It's a fun energized class that takes the mystique out of the daunting process of creating a set and leaves you with a slight addiction to getting up on stage. If you think you want to try stand up but never knew where to begin this is the class for you. Go to and check out some of the past graduates. Workshops are ongoing. To sign up for the next workshop email Lesley Wolff at Remember...'If anyone else can do your's not your set'."

Next Fresh Faces Workshop will be Tuesday nights (12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29 with a showcase 1/5 at the Hollywood Improv)

Then in Jan: Weds 1/6 1/13 1/20, 1/27 (7:30pm - 9:30pm) with a showcase Feb 3rd at 7:30pm

Space is limited.

More about Fresh Faces HERE

Lesley Wolff and the Improv
And from a previous DT post, check out Lesley's advice for the actor who wants to move out to Los Angeles.

More of my Funny Friday posts HERE

Other Penn alumni and undergrad Stand-Ups HERE

New to DT? 14 easy suggestions to get started!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

You're Never Going To Guess What Activity Guys Had to Actually Sign Up For in 1929!

UPenn alumni

More from my "Blast from the Past" series!

Back in September, I introduced all of you to Joan Myerson Shrager (College for Women, School of Education '60).

UPenn Joan Myerson ShragerJoan emailed me to let me know that her family is now 3 generations at Penn (Joan; her parents Ruth Leone Meyers Myerson (College for Women '30) and  Adolph Myerson (Wharton '29); and Joan's son Steven Gold (C'85)  ...and shared with me exclusive photos and stories passed down to her of what Penn was like when her parents went.

Back in September we learned what good grades from Wharton earned Joan's father in 1928.

Today, Joan fills us in on:
  • what social activity we now take for granted that guys had to sign up for(!) back in the late 1920s.  
  • Plus learn which very famous Wharton alum (I didn't know about) who Joan's mother passed on!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Oy!: "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart Gives Penn a Shoutout (VIDEO)

UPenn and Jon Stewart and The Daily ShowLots of Penn on TV these days!

Last week, DT reported that Ray Romano gave Penn a shoutout to Oprah.

And now last night, "The Daily Show"'s Jon Stewart gave us an enthusiastic "Go Quakers!" with a bit of a Jewish spin.

Check out the clip above to see what I'm talking about!

More Penn references and alumni in and on TV Episodes HERE


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Blast From the Past: UPenn Graduation 1978 (VIDEO)

UPenn History To kick off our "Blast from the Past" series, check out the UPenn School of Nursing 1978 graduation montage video above.

The great thing about this video is that you get glimpses of a very familiar campus (Irvine Auditorium, 34th street, Spruce Street) with subtle differences you would expect from a 1978 video.  (Note the passing cars, hairstyles and clothing!)

Overall, same place but different faces from generations past.  I love this stuff!

UPenn Irvine Auditorium

Check another 1978 video from the School of Nursing after the jump!

"Blast from the Past" Week on DT!

UPenn HistoryThis week I've got some great Penn photos, video and story gems for you in a new DT series I'm calling "Blast from the Past".

Consider it a sub-division of my "Now and Then Thursday" series, but more about "then" than "now".

Stay tuned!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ivy League Champs: UPenn Crowds Storm Franklin Field (VIDEO)

Penn Ivy League Champions
So you've all probably heard by now that Penn recently defeated Harvard (17-7) and then beat Cornell (34-0) to win the Ivy League title.

Check out the video above captured by Cara Ann Bumgardner (C'09, Penn Grad '10) as Penn fans storm Franklin field after the defeat over Cornell!

Some awesome Quaker spirit, huh?

More from the DP:
  • Penn's win over Harvard HERE
  • Penn's shutout win over Cornell HERE