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"Book Review: 'Bunny, Bunny: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story' by Alan Zweibel" by Jamé McCraw

Bunny, Bunny: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story written and illustrated by Alan Zweibel is a tender and very personal glimpse into the relationship between a writer and performer who meet in summer 1976 during the freshman year of Saturday Night Live. Zweibel is responsible for penning scripts to the sketches featuring outrageous and memorable original characters such as Roseanne Roseannadanna and Emily Litella for Radner.

A series of dialogues and simple line drawings tell the story of the duo’s delicate friendship. A friendship cut tragically short after 14 years when Radner passed away from complications with ovarian cancer on May 20, 1989.

Sparse vignettes recreate moments of tension, fear, and confrontation but do not feel overly voyeuristic. Zweibel lovingly paints himself as the “asshole” during times of conflict. Gilda is his champion and closest ally. The pair have a profound love for one another that endures during times of uncertainty.

When she is instructed by Zweibel to hold onto casino winnings he could use to pay credit card debt, Radner has hotel security escort him away from her hotel room door when he comes begging out of the arrangement. There is a playfulness to this gesture and her apology the day after the incident comes in the form of a letter, which is hidden in the lavatory of his aircraft during his flight home.

This secret is revealed to Zweibel by a stewardess who tells him: “I was so touched by how warm and funny and loving this person was that I felt like I knew her my whole life and would’ve done anything for her.”

Fame is inevitable for the beloved performer who is approached by strangers so fond of her that they feel she is a familiar friend and call her by name. It is at this point that she asks Alan to call her Gilbert.

A romantic affair between the two of them nearly causes a rift as things fizzle out and they begin to explore the possibility of other partners. The picture Zweibel paints during these passages are stark. Small-talk on elevators and in hallways is painful to witness after knowing how well they are able to communicate with one another. This period of estrangement is resolved when Gilbert tells him, “I need you in my life because I trust you more than anyone and I don’t want to lose that.”

When Radner discovers Zweibel is in the grips of cocaine addiction, she confronts him directly. She tells him what he is doing is not only dangerous, but especially unwise for someone as “naturally insecure and paranoid” as he is. She encourages sobriety. At this time, she encourages him to clean up his act if he is serious about pursuing a relationship with a woman named Robin Blankman. The advice from his champion, Gilbert, is taken to heart. Zweibel and Blankman were married in 1979.

Over the next 10 years, Zweibel and Radner’s conversations appear to be spaced further and further apart as their lives take new paths. They did, however, manage to fulfill the role of a touchstone for one another in instances ranging from hilariously mundane to life-altering.

I am thankful to be privy to moments from such a special friendship. I have read Bunny, Bunny at least a dozen times over the past 13 years. Every month, I think of Radner telling her dear friend Zweibel that saying “Bunny, Bunny” as soon as you wake up on the first day of the month would bring good fortune. It is a sweet fairy tale that I have incorporated into my life. That being said, June 1 is just a week away.

Bunny, Bunny.

Jamé McCraw is a current student at DCH and performs with Watermelon. She enjoys watching squirrels through the windows of her little old house while holding hands with her cat, Stanley.

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Upcoming Comedy Books and Books by and About Funny People

A lot of books were released the last couple of years by comedians such as Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, and other authors not named Amy. These books excited a reading public, specifically a public interested in comedy and humorous writing. In that spirit, here are some upcoming 2017 releases – by comedians and humorists – to put on your Amazon wish list. (Quoted descriptions are from Amazon.) Lincoln in the BardoLincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders – February 14 "George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul."

 

Cheech is Not My Real NameCheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong by Cheech Marin – March 14 "This insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career with roles in The Lion King and, more recently, Jane the Virgin, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world."

 

Thank You for Coming to HattiesburgThank You for Coming to Hattiesburg: One Comedian's Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities in the World by Todd Barry – March 14 "Thank You For Coming to Hattiesburg is part tour diary, part travel guide, and part memoir. Follow me on my journey of small clubs, and the occasional big amphitheater. Watch me make a promoter clean the dressing room toilet in Connecticut, see me stare at beached turtles in Maui, and see how I react when Lars from Metallica shows up to see me at a rec center in Northern California."

 

LettermanLetterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman – April 11 "In a career spanning more than 30 years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. In Letterman, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes groundbreaking reporting with unprecedented access and probing critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer’s titanic legacy."

Last Man StandingLast Man Standing: Mort Sahl and the Birth of Modern Comedy by James Curtis – May 1 "Here, for the first time, is the whole story of Mort Sahl, America’s iconoclastic father of modern stand-up comedy. Written with Sahl’s full cooperation and the participation of many of his friends and contemporaries, it delves deeply into the influences that shaped him, the heady times in which he soared, and the depths to which he fell during the turbulent 60s when he took on the Warren Commission and nearly paid for it with his livelihood."

 

Are You AnybodyAre You Anybody: A Memoir by Jeffrey Tambor – May 9 "Are You Anybody is Tambor's chance to discuss his creative process and immense accomplishments from a life lived onscreen. Drawing from his formative childhood years, in which he describes himself as a fat Hungarian-Jewish kid with a lisp and a depressive father to how he drew inspiration from his life to create ... characters, Tambor's memoir is funny, insightful, and uplifting, touching on comedy and the enduring chutzpah required to make it through life."

 

US AbsurdityThe United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories from American History by Dave Anthony, Gareth Reynolds, and Patton Oswalt (Foreword)– May 9 "From the creators of the comedy/history podcast The Dollop, The United States of Absurdity presents short, informative, and hilarious stories of the most outlandish (but true) people, events, and more from United States history. Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds cover the weird stories you didn't learn in history class, such as 10-Cent Beer Night, the Jackson Cheese, and the Kentucky Meat Shower, accompanied by full-page illustrations that bring each historical 'milestone' to life in full-color."

Giant of the SenateAl Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken – May 30 "[This] book is about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it."

 

Theft by FindingTheft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2016) by David Sedaris – May 30 "Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime readers only think they know."

 

Best American EmailsThe Best American Emails: Re: A Collection of the Finest Party Planning Threads, Accidental Reply Alls, and Pharma Spams by Amanda Meadows – June 6 "A collection of the greatest writing in the American literary canon: email correspondences. From the eerily foreboding chain letters forwarded from your aunt to the slyly persuasive emails of Russian black market pharmacists, we scoured your inbox for this satire of literary collections and flagged these threads as timeless gems."

 

The Girl in the ShowThe Girl in the Show: Three Generations of Comedy, Culture, and Feminism by Anna Fields – August 8 "The Girl in the Show provides an in-depth exploration of how comedy and feminism have grown hand in hand to give women a stronger voice in the ongoing fight for equality. From I Love Lucy to SNL to today’s rising cable and web-series stars, Anna Fields’ entertaining retrospective combines amusing and honest personal narratives with the historical, political, and cultural contexts of the feminist movement."

Not Quite a GeniusNot Quite a Genius by Nate Dern – August 8 "From the senior writer at Funny or Die and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society. Anyone who’s ever scrunched their eyes at WiFi Terms & Conditions, listened to the reasons that led a vegetarian to give up meat, or looked on in horror at the evolving audacity of reality TV will appreciate Dern’s wicked and funny take on modern life."

 

The ImprovThe Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club that Revolutionized Stand-Up by Budd Friedman – September 5 "The Improv is an oral history of the most important comedy club in America, emceed by Budd Friedman himself, and featuring in-depth interviews with some of the most important names in comedy — including Jay Leno, Michael Keaton, Bill Maher, Larry David, Larry Miller, Jeff Garland, Jerry Stiller, Kevin Nealon, Gilbert Gottfried, Joe Piscopo, Tim Reid, Will Shriner, Roseanne Barr, Judd Apatow, Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Leslie Moonves, Howie Mandel, Bill Engvall, Lily Tomlin, Rick Newman, Norman Lear, Billy Crystal, Alan Zweibel, Dick Cavett, Fred Willard, Jimmie Walker, David Steinberg, and many more!"

The Improv HandbookThe Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond (2nd edition) by Tom Salinsky - October 19 "First published in 2008, this second edition features a new foreword by comedian Mike McShane, as well as new exercises on endings, managing blind offers, and master-servant games, plus new and expanded interviews with Keith Johnstone, Neil Mullarkey, Jeffrey Sweet, and Paul Rogan."

 

Jason Hensel is a graduate of the DCH improv training program. He manages the DCH blog and performs with .f.a.c.e., the ’95 Bulls, and Bound Together.

Praise is the Hardest Thing to Accept

Well Done I read a lot of self-help books.

It's not a recent development as I approach year 30 of existing or as I grow more in touch with my depression and anxiety. Self-help books were the types of books that took up my bookshelves when I was a child. Well, that is, outside the large collection of Bibles in our house. If you stuck your hands between the couch cushions, you would not find coins, but either a miniature New Testament or The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are.

What I enjoy about self-help and personal development books is that they provide exercises that are meant to provide more insight to your character. I'm a quiet person; I don't enjoy talking about myself. But I LOVE writing about myself, hence me being a blogger. Hello, I am the man behind the curtain. Well, woman behind the curtain...shut up.

My current read is Wishcraft by Barbara Sher, which is a goal-setting book, and one of the exercises is broken up into two versions. One is for introverts, in which you pick four-to-five people or fictional characters that would be a part of your ideal family and write from their perspective any and all praise that they would have for you. [Insert role-play joke of your own here. I'm a classy lady, I'm not doing it.] The second version is more extroverted, in which you ask someone you trust to praise you for three minutes and you dictate everything that they say. They cannot be vague or introduce constructive criticism, and you can't say a single word or react. They praise; you listen.

I really didn't want to do the extroverted version. And there are tons of exercises and tricks in these books that require you to talk to another person. I would always skip those, focusing on the journaling aspects and listing my interests. My reason was that I didn't want to bother anybody. At least, that's the reason I gave. Truthfully, I was just frightened of what I would hear.

But last night, I broke out my phone and asked my husband if he would mind praising me for three whole minutes. He said, "Sure." Kevin was the perfect guy for this exercise, whether or not I was married to him. He is a positive guy, but he is also honest and will not bullshit you. I hit the record button and he started talking. I tried my best to just listen to what he has to say.

Here's the thing: I am aware of all the negative things about me. I'm awkward, anxious, and depressive my hair is falling out. I'd rather jump out a window than participate in small talk. I don't understand the craze around Orange is the New Black. I still don't know what "on fleek" means, and so much more for only $99.99. So listening to nothing but praise about myself was... it was an odd experience. There's a similar exercise in improv—the compliment circle—where you turn to the person next to you and compliment him or her. But you only give them one compliment, not a full three minutes of it. And I'm not a fan of showing sentiment in public because I can be super emotional. Even in the privacy of my own home, while my husband was saying nice things, I had to only half listen because I knew I would be a bawling mess.

Hearing someone else tell you how wonderful you are is something that is hard to believe. Sometimes, in the midst of depression, it feels like a lie. But it's moments like these when I look back at what friends, teachers, and several family members have said... and it's hard to imagine that they are all lying about the same thing.

Ugh, sentimental things! Here's a picture of a velociraptor! (The feathery velociraptor, not Jurassic Park velociraptor.)

Velociraptor

KC Ryan is currently a Level 5 student at DCH. An office worker by day, she spends her nights writing, improvising, recording podcasts, and having existential crises. She’s a co-host of Parsec Award-nominated podcast Anomaly Supplemental about general sci-fi and fantasy topics. Her greatest achievement so far is convincing her husband to watch Project Runway.

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Three Books for Comedy Nerds with Depression

Humorous Depression Books I'm a career book nerd—started as a library assistant in high school, went on to become a Borders retail kid, and now my current job involves working with older books. I like to consider myself a reader, but I've become extremely picky with the things I read. Especially humor, which is probably the most difficult thing to convey in written word. Like Shakespeare, humor is at its best when it's performed.

Then again, can you really enjoy a book about mental illness that is written without any humor? I have depression and anxiety, but I can still laugh at a good joke. And when the joke lands in print, that's the work of someone who understands themselves as well as their comedic voice.

I've found three memoirs-slash-personal essay collections that meet my unrealistically high standards for both humor and authenticity. They've made me laugh, cry, and forced me into epiphanies for underlying issues. If you're looking for a book club pick that will embrace your need for weird and honest, consider any of these.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

If you aren't aware of Hyperbole and a Half, you are probably new to the Internet. Although the blog is a barren wasteland now due to her up-and-coming writing career and her latest book coming out this summer, Hyperbole and a Half's print companion includes some of the blog's most popular posts as well as a few newer ones. Brosh's two-part "Adventures in Depression" is included in the print version, chronicling her perspective on what it's like to experience depression and explaining it in such a bizarre yet nuanced way, involving dead fish. It sounds weird, and it is, but there's never been a more appropriate analogy for what I undergo at low points. Another favorite is a chapter not seen on her blog entitled "Identity," which I won't spoil here. I actually want you to read these, guys.

Furiously Happy by Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson

I'm a fan of The Bloggess, a blog run by fellow Texan lady Jenny Lawson. I would even say she inspired me to create a wishlist on Pinterest for taxidermy creatures of my own. (Napoleon Bonaparte mouse, you will be MINE someday.) Following her hilarious debut memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Furiously Happy delves a little bit deeper into what it's like to have a slew of mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and a host of others. She writes about deeply touching moments where she walks out into the snow or has a conversation with her husband about how hard life is. And then there's the part where she goes to Australia and is determined to hold a koala while wearing a koala costume. This is literary gold, friends.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

My friend Sue recommended this book to me, saying that it hits points on mental illness as well as the fascinating life of actress and Internet entrepreneur, Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Geek and Sundry). Now, I don't believe in "serendipity" or anything like that, but reading this book at the time that I did was a bit of a wake-up call. During her chapter regarding the start-up of Geek and Sundry, a YouTube network dedicated to geeks and... their... sundries (words good at, I am!), Day describes the amount of stress she put herself under and how it affected her not only mentally but also physically. Then I recalled another friend of mine who was undergoing a similar situation, and we both joked about how she had "stress cancer," because that's how you get through hard times. As I ended that chapter, I turned to my husband and said, "I think I have stress cancer like Felicia Day did." But he was asleep because apparently I had been hardcore reading this book until 12 a.m.

KC Ryan is currently a Level 5 student at DCH. An office worker by day, she spends her nights writing, improvising, recording podcasts, and having existential crises. She’s a co-host of Parsec Award-nominated podcast Anomaly Supplemental about general sci-fi and fantasy topics. Her greatest achievement so far is convincing her husband to watch Project Runway.

The Texts that Helped Me Teach Myself Improv

Improv Books No one on my college improv troupe coached or taught from a place of experience. In that way, the culture felt egalitarian. We were just 20 people that had accepted one another and formed a special-interest group. You’d participate in a long-form set once every three weeks, and in the interim, you’d give show notes and hop in for a closing game of “sex with.” It worked, but those of us with a more-than-casual interest weren’t satiated by table scraps of anecdotal knowledge.

Relative to troupe newcomers (who often had never done improv before), the elder statespersons had spent a couple years practicing once a week and had done maybe 25 shows if they were super active. We went to festivals where we’d talk to other improv nerds and occasionally take workshops from “professional” performers. We usually made the pilgrimage to improv Mecca during winter break to watch shows at iO and The Second City. While in Chicago, we’d hopefully land a two-hour slot with an ordained member of the establishment that would open our minds’ eyes wider than any campus practice could (Rachel Mason is a red priestess).

In the absence of a regularly-appearing comedy authority figure, excited nerds like myself turned to texts. Anyone who has fallen hard for improv has sought out some sort of reading material. I’ve learned a lot from name brand books and off-the-beaten-path works. This week, I want to synopsize and endorse(ish) the five texts that helped me develop my affinity for the dark arts before classes were a viable option.

Every theater has a different style of improv, and every individual performer at every theater has a different style, too. My goal here is to categorize the type of technique being pedaled, what I liked/disliked about the text, and what it has done for me as an improviser. Most of these texts you can find for around $10 on Amazon. The UCB book is $25 last time I checked.

Truth in Comedy, Halpern/Close/Johnson

For those who enjoy: Primary Colours, Cupcake, Dairy Based

Often the first text that new improvisers read, Truth in Comedy sells agreement and listening. (It also sells itself with constant references to iO alumni.) The work of Halpern, Close, and Johnson serves as a great introduction for those teaching themselves about improv. It’s heavy on “yes, and” and promotes a grounded, committed style of play. It also offers plenty of exercises that can be morphed into group games in a show (a la “conducted story” or “the ad game”). The book’s organic focus helps to stoke those group mind coals with which we all enjoy cooking. The end of the text also includes an introduction to the Harold for interested parties.

Improvise: Scene from the inside out, Mick Napier

For those who enjoy: Samurai Drunk, Kool Aid, Franzia

Napier staunchly rejects any notion of “the rules” when it comes to improvising. He asserts that taking care of yourself at the top of a scene is the best gift you can give your scene partner. The way he dispenses with the idea of “doing it right” can be a revelation for anyone stuck in their own head. By doing something, anything, at the top of a scene, you’ve chosen to act rather than marinate in the fear of the unknown. Napier also adds a lot of great exercises you can do on your own to develop your improv mind. I should note that a misinterpretation of Improvise can lead players to bulldoze or ignore the ideas of others. I would recommend it as an intermediate text, rather than an initial foray into improv reading.

Impro, Keith Johnstone

For those who enjoy: Local Honey, Age Appropriate, Release the Hounds

Impro was written before improvisation had become a popular medium. Johnstone used improv techniques and games with his students to get them to loosen up. His observations and life experiences create a rich well from which to pull little improv mantras. I especially have enjoyed his sections about status and spontaneity. You’ll see people raising and lowering their own status in every single social interaction you have after reading Impro. Those two sections in particular pair well with Improvise, for those looking to go on a reading spree. Also, there’s a weird section about masks at the end that’s kind of fun to skim through, if not totally helpful.

The UCB Comedy Improvisation Manual, Besser/Roberts/Walsh

For those who enjoy: Photobomb, The Rift, 1995 Chicago Bulls, Wheel of Formats

Totaling 384 pages, this text earns its label as a manual. Consider the UCB book a longer and more comprehensive version of Truth in Comedy, but for game-oriented improv. The authors focus on how to recognize patterns and play games more so than establish relationships in scenes. By serving the game, the rest of the pieces will fall into place. The UCB manual comes complete with loads of exercises and color illustrations. Format guidelines in the book’s final section offer great ideas for fledgling troupes looking to create a style of their own. The UCB manual has especially salient takes on heightening/exploration and crazy town. As a warning, the text is pretty analytical and can put you in your head if you’re not tempering it or discussing it with someone else.

True and False, David Mamet

For those who enjoy: Small Town, Manick, David and Terry

David Mamet doesn’t agree with Konstantin Stanislavsky. I’ve never read that guy’s books, but apparently they make acting seem like a highfaluting, elitist pursuit. Mamet instead distills acting into a simple approach: Know your lines, don’t add to them, and say them with a loud voice so that the audience can hear you. The accessibility is a relief for those of us who didn’t grow up in the theater. I’ve never considered myself an actor. I have no formal acting training. This is a great book for anyone who looks at acting as a wholly separate and mystical art form too lofty for the mind and abilities of an improviser. Plus, Mamet’s writing is just plain fun to read.

Danny Neely is currently a Level 5 student at DCH. He works part time at a bakery and another part of  the time as a freelance writer. You can see him perform as a member of Big Turtle, Clover, Coiffelganger, Empty Inside, and Warm Milk.

Do You Guys Really Like Me? (And Other Worries)

Mindy Kaling Would you ever guess, based on the title of this blog post, that I’m currently reading Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)? I know it’s an older title but I buy most of my books from Half Price Books. Usually, I wander in, stay for a few hours and then leave with an armful of those that I intended to read a long time ago but never got around to. This is one of them. The title alone makes me wonder if Mindy Kailing and I are actually the same people as that’s certainly been a concern of mine, multiple times.

During day one of Level 4 improv, I had to do a one-man show. At first, the idea of it terrified me but as soon as I was told I was going first, I didn’t have time to be afraid anymore and knew exactly what I’d do. Something I knew well, obviously. My one-woman show would simply be me sitting at home, alone, on a Friday night. I’d be on my couch, drinking wine, being ridiculously insecure about everything, from liking things on Facebook to whether or not anyone would ever care to read my essays to whether or not my friends are all actually hanging out without me. The good news is that I don’t have to worry about that last one much anymore (I’ll get to the “why” shortly). The others, though, we’ve still got a long way to go.

Growing up, I had a hard time finding a group(s) of women who were really and truly supportive. I mean, I had friends, but I usually had one best friend and then just got along well with everyone else. I was in choir, I was drill team captain (yeah I was! I had to brag a little…), I was in multiple academic clubs but even still, it always felt like, while the other ladies involved were my friends, we were all secretly trying to get ahead of the others. Or, maybe I just couldn’t relate to any of them. Maybe some of that was by choice, however. College was a similar story as I typically hung out with the boys and had a couple of close girlfriends to talk about said boys with.

I didn’t exactly expect that to change in recent years but it most certainly has. I’ve mentioned it before but I’ve never met a more supportive group of people overall than those I’ve met at Dallas Comedy House (DCH). That goes double for the women that I’ve met at DCH.

I’ve heard it said in general, and I’ve heard it said to me personally by Kaitlin Marone, a standup I interviewed prior to the Dallas Comedy Festival this year, that female comics need to stick together, and it’s so true. Women are funny and while some who don’t know any better might disagree, we are. Just while writing this piece and Googling for other essays of the sort for inspiration, (not that I need it, you ladies inspire me enough, but I also got distracted and needed to read something to get back on track) if you type, “why female comics…” you’ll get three autofills that are similar to, “why female comics aren’t funny.” Needless to say, it’s beyond important that we support each other’s work and support each other personally.

It’s difficult to explain but to have a group of women around you, no matter how large or how small, who are there to constantly lift you up, laugh with you, laugh at you, watch trash TV with you (shout out to #RHODCH!), support you and tell you that you’re OK, and be 100 percent honest and sincere about it, it’s a big deal. It’s something that your soul needs.

BeyonceI’ve always looked up to those people who, though they genuinely inspire me and make me want to be better, they were untouchable—public figures, musicians, celebrities, etc. I still look up to those people, but now I have those fellow strong women around me and I can’t even begin to express how much I’ve learned from them, and not to mention, the genuine friends I’ve made. Friends who are there to empower you, to inspire you, that’s what I’ve found at DCH. Don’t get me wrong, Beyonce is amazing but having powerful, funny, and smart women around, in person, yeah, you, we, do run the world, in my opinion. (Sorry. I had to.)

Megan Radke is currently a Level 4 student at DCH. She is a copywriter and social media manager by day and an essayist and mediocre musician by night. She is a constant consumer of books, music, film, and all things comedy. She is also great at racking up copious amounts of credit card debt with spur-of-the-moment travel.