Dublin Stand-ups

By: Julia Sprowls 

We’ve been studying and analyzing humor differences for an entire semester now, and on Monday night we finally got to experience the humor firsthand.

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A classic Dublin pub called Stag’s Head hosted a free comedy show called Comedy Crunch in its basement. The opening acts were Irish and British, and the headliner, Michael Harrison, was Canadian. It was a small venue, so the comedians interacted with the crowd throughout the show. Our group of American tourists stood out against the crowd, so we had the chance to say where we were from and why we were there. Each of the five stand-up comedians made jokes about the Americans in the crowd and Americans in general. Actually, most of the jokes involved racism. Each comedian made fun of themselves as well as other races and ethnicities they knew were in the crowd. As the show went on, our research was confirmed when we heard the Irish dry humor. We heard the comedians making fun of themselves, just as we learned earlier in the semester from our interviews.

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I Got It From My Mama

By: Danie Minor 

My mom, Beth Kaufman, is a comedian. She performs standup comedy up and down the east coast. She found her true love for comedy in a not-so-funny situation.


Six years ago, my mom was diagnosed with stage 3B breast cancer. She had to go through grueling chemotherapy, radiation and over 10 surgeries. While sitting in chemo one day, she decided she wanted to do something fun with the rest of her life. So, she finally round up the courage to go to an open-mic night for standup comedy! She had never stepped on stage before but once she did, she found her true calling.

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I got it from my Father

By: Bailey Purpura

So as you know by now, International Wit focuses on and loves humor. Not only does everyone on our team love to laugh, but we also find humor and its uses interesting. I believe one of the main reasons why I love humor so much is because of my father.

My father, Rich Purpura, has been a comedian since he was 16. He started performing inlocal comedy clubs in his hometown of Chicago and now has a more international audience. My dad currently works on cruise ships for cruise lines such as Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Holland America. When asked if he had any international work, he stated, “Working on cruise ships definitely gives you international experience. I perform for people from all over the world.”

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Interview with Caitlin Kelley

By: Danie Minor

International Wit had the chance to interview Caitlin Kelley, a Kent State graduate, who went on the first Global Ad and PR London trip. Caitlin currently works at Hitchcock Fleming and Associates as a Research Coordinator. International Wit would like to thank Ms. Kelley for taking the time out of her busy day to do this interview with us!