Rejected Thrill Pitches

We at the Thrill strive to bring humor into this forsaken world day after day. We search the inner most corners of our minds, depths of our souls and the bowels of our bowels for the content that you love so dearly. Although sometimes, we may stop short, go too far or just completely miss the mark in our creative process. Here are some pitches we didn’t quite think through… Continue reading

Interview with Maysoon Zayid, “I Got 99 Problems…Palsy Is Just One”

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Actress, comedian, and activist Maysoon Zayid visited campus last week to perform a comedy routine called “I got 99 problems … palsy is just one.” Zayid is the co-founder and co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, and runs the scholarship and wellness program, Maysoon’s Kids. Zayid, who has cerebral palsy, also participated in a discussion about race, ethnicity and disability before her show. Below are some of her thoughts from an interview conducted by Collegian News Editor Madeleine Thompson ’15.

Do you think comedy is the best way to get the word out about protecting the rights of the disabled community?

I really truly am not trying to spread a message. I’m a writer and I’m a comic so it all comes back to writing. … I’ve been writing for my entire life and the story I’m telling is my story. And I think that I’m strongest at doing comedy, so I guess it’s my preferred method, but I don’t think it’s necessarily the best method. … I think [spoken word] is the worst way to mainstream the disabled. That would make me just hate our people.

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A Brief Introduction to The StageFemmes

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The Kenyon campus has recently seen a revitalization of a particularly fabulous and significant organization called StageFemmes. The organization is run by a board of dazzlingly talented women, including Emma Miller ’15, Julia Greer ’15, Elizabeth Furman ’15, Natalie Margolin ’14, Madeline Jobrack ’13 and Sarah Johnsrude ’13. I sent these ladies a desperate e-mail asking them about what StageFemmes is, its mission statement and goals, and upcoming female talent in the acting world. Read their answers after the jump. Continue reading