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Jay Jurden performing stand-up at Wallenberg Hall on November 14th, 2019.

“Tonight Show” comedian brings laughs

Imani Muhammad November 21, 2019

Rosy Flores and Christian Martinez, co-chairs of Multicultural Programming Board and juniors here at Augustana, invited Jay Jurden of recent “Tonight Show” fame to perform stand-up comedy here at Augustana...

Dead Poet’s Espresso, a local coffeehouse located at 1525 3rd Ave in downtown Moline, IL, serves up fresh brews, warm breakfasts and lunches daily. Open 6:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday, Dead Poet’s Espresso is a popular and tasty choice for a local Fall date with your significant other.

Top five first date locations in the QC area

Abigail Johnson November 7, 2019

Fall has clearly begun and with it cuffing season. If you are unfamiliar with this term, cuffing season is a pop culture term for the period between fall and winter when people start seriously looking...

Augie senior Jonathan Quigley, Freshman Blake Traylor, and Juniors Tyler Bentley, John Cunningham, (left to right), surrounding the speakers playing random noises during the noise event organised by Little Happenings.

Little Happenings brings absurdism to campus

Collin Schopp October 24, 2019

It’s a warm September day on Augustana’s Campus. The quad is filled with students rushing between classes. When you first step out of the Gerber Center, it may seem like business as usual — but then...

(left to right) are SophiaRose Brown (Annie), Melina Herman (Sabrina Daldry), Tristan Odenkirk (Dr. Givings), and Micaela Cushing (Catherine Givings). Photo courtesy from Kevin Carton.

“In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” starts conversation through use of comedy

January 28, 2018

This past Friday, January 26th, was the opening night for “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play”, a comedy that the Augustana theatre program has been working on for the past several months. According...

Review: Comedy Sportz

March 19, 2016

If you find yourself in need of some laughs after a strenuous week of classes, then your answer is right here in Rock Island. Comedy Sportz, over on 19th Street, is an exciting and fun night out for people...

Joker Greeting Christmas prank card. The cards plays its tune until the battery dies or the receiver destroys it. Photo courtesy of Joker Greeting.

A Holly, Jolly, Evil Christmas

December 10, 2015

As we get closer and closer to the big day, it's time for all those late shoppers to finish up gifts for those they love. However, for those of you looking for an interesting new twist to the holiday...

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Gary Miller, senior, won first place at Last Comic Standing, a comedy competition for cash prizes, on April 25. Every year, students perform stand-up comedy for the title of Last Comic Standing. Miller also won first place at last year’s competition.

Miller crowned Last Comic Standing once again

April 29, 2015

Campus comedian and senior Gary Miller was named the Last Comic Standing for the second year in a row last Saturday night. Competing against Miller were juniors Emma Levich and Nick Caputo, and freshman...

Gary Miller, senior, won first place at Last Comic Standing last year. Each year, students perform stand-up comedy to an audience of their peers, and the best received comic wins.
Photo by Linnea Ritchie.

Augustana to find funniest student stand-up

April 23, 2015

Update: An earlier version of this story misidentified the photographer.  Augustana's class clowns and comedy enthusiasts and preparing this week. Students will compete at Last Comic Standing, hosted...

Preview: Improv group to perform end of year show

Preview: Improv group to perform end of year show

May 3, 2014

Senior Natalie Sherman sees improvisation as a different type of art form compared to rehearsed plays, which is why she chose to join improv group HeyWire Productions. Sherman will participate in her...

Preview: Comedian opens for Greek Week bonfire

April 18, 2014

Comedian Evan Wecksell does not think he would have been a comedian if he had not been in a fraternity. He was a member of the national chapter Theta Chi, and after college he started to do stand-up comedy. “It...

Amie Talbert performs her comedy set during last year’s Last Comic Standing. She will be competing again this year on Saturday.
Photo by Josie Fioretto.

Preview: Former Last Comic Standing winner competes again

April 4, 2014

Junior Amie Talbert won Augustana’s Last Comic Standing event last year by telling the story of how a homeless man told her she would make a good prostitute. Talbert is back again to compete in this...

During his 11 years on the radio, comedian Roy Wood Jr. used to perform prank calls. He is in the process of finalizing his last prank call album.
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Preview: Comedian Roy Wood Jr. to perform stand-up at Augie

January 30, 2014

Before reprising his role as Roy for the third season of TBS’s sitcom “Sullivan and Son,” comedian Roy Wood Jr. will be performing at Augustana through the Office of Student Life and Leadership’s...

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