Hey You, College Kid, Put Down Those Textbooks!

collegeWe all know that studying is important if you want to finish college and not end up under your parents’ roof again in the bedroom your mom now calls the craft studio. Cramming too hard, however, can backfire. Not only will you become the most boring person you know—if you still know anyone at that point—but your brain won’t be in top form. You need to take study breaks. What kind of study breaks? Since you’re a smarty pants college type, we knew you were going to ask that and did a little research to figure out which study breaks were the best. The answer is, laugh breaks.

We could insert a bunch of footnotes here citing the studies we read, but who wants to see footnotes in a blog? Trust us, laughter will improve your grades.

But where can you go for a good laugh break? See, we know what you’re thinking and we’re not only going to share with you the best place for a laugh break, we’re also going to give you a student discount once you get there.

The Dallas Comedy House (DCH).  Every Wednesday in October and November.

Buy a ticket to the 8 p.m. improv show and you can get into the 9 p.m. show for free with a valid college student ID. We’ll also have special student-priced mascot drinks.

"DCH is always looking to bring new audiences in to our comedy community," said Maggie Rieth Austin, a DCH performer and teacher. "College students work hard and play hard—and we're excited to offer them a mid-week opportunity to let lose and laugh."

Oh, and tell your friends, because there’s a contest to see which university has the most audience members at the shows. The school with the highest number of free tickets claimed at the 9 p.m. show for October and November will get a poster in the lobby and its college-specific drink will stay on the menu until the spring contest.

We'll also encourage audience members to take a picture of themselves in school logo clothing and post with hashtag #DCHLaughBreak.

Come on out to the Dallas Comedy House on Wednesdays! Your brain will thank you, and your mom’s craft group will send blessings your way.

When not busy saving the planet in his day job, Darrin Larson studies improv at the Dallas Comedy House and is preparing to graduate from the program in October. He also enjoys writing, with work featured in The Huffington Post and the Dallas Morning News, and on-stage in Dallas’s live storytelling show, Oral Fixation.

(Image: Tom Simpson/Creative Commons)

DCH'S First Pun Contest

PunDo you like the punny? Are you puntasic with words? Do you see everything through a pun-ism? Well, then, you may be interested in our first pun contest. Here are the details: - Four teams of three people will compete. - There will be an elimination round each round until we declare a winner. - The first few rounds will include pre-written puns, with the categories given to the teams 48 hours in advance. - The remaining rounds will be performed on the spot, with just a little bit of prep time after the topics are given. - Anyone can enter. You don't have to be a comedian/performer. Ad agency nerds tend to do well with puns, so this is a great opportunity for them. - There's a prize at the end: $50 Uncle Uber's Gift Card and $50 DCH Gift card! Hooray for prizes!

TO ENTER a team of three contestants, you need to send submissions to: 1. First/Last Names of All Team Members 2. Email addresses of All Team Members 3. Team Name 4. (3) Punny Newspaper Headlines About The State Fair of Texas 5. Optional: A team picture of the three members together!

The four teams will be selected based on their State Fair pun entries.

Ready? Set? Pun!

HOWLaween at DCH

This week's jam session was special. Not only did we have a rowdy audience, we also had a costume contest. The grand prize was a free level of classes (worth $230!). Please forgive me: I wasn't able to get good photos of every entry. Here, though, are some of them.

















After much applause, the two finalists were Jane R. LeBlanc






and Greg Tuohy, who was our winner. Congratulations, Greg!

DCHTV Debuts

DCHTV.netTalkies are the latest craze sweeping the entertainment world, and DCH is right there in all the cray cray. Let us introduce you to At, you'll be able to watch funny videos, listen to funny podcasts, and hob-nob with funny people.

We suggest you visit the site right now and vote in the Dallas Comedy Festival Short Film Contest. There are 14 great entries, and the eight films receiving the most votes will be shown at a free screening this Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dallas Comedy House. The winners will be determined by 50 percent audience vote and 50 percent panel of judges vote.

We'll see you there!

Deep Ellum Branding Contest

Deep Ellum Sign by Terry ShuckWe love our little home here in Deep Ellum. It's a neighborhood that's definitely seen its ups and downs. Currently, it's in an upswing, and because of that, the Deep Ellum Community Association (DECA)--in partnership with the Deep Ellum Foundation (DEF)--is having a “‘Deep Ellum Texas’ Branding Contest." Create the winning logo and you'll be awarded $1500. Not too shabby, eh? More info:

The winning logo for Deep Ellum Texas will be featured on [marketing materials] plus other traditional and non-traditional medias. Judging will be by a panel composed of creative design professionals along with representatives of DECA and DEF.

To obtain entry information, send an email to

DECA will host a question and answer session at Mokah Coffee Bar (2803 Taylor St.) on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at 3 p.m., and then again at 7 p.m.

Deadline for Submission is midnight on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

(Photo via Flickr: Terry Shuck / Creative Commons)