Monday, December 15, 2008

Jeremy Announces This Year's Awards

The winner of the Alexander Andrews Appreciation Award for overall commitment to the Variety Hour is Jared Friedman. Serving as head writer and co-producer, Jared left his mark on, literally, every sketch in VH3. He co-wrote the cooking show "Leftoverz" and some hilarious jokes for TTH; he organized and performed in the improv act at our premiere; he lent his voice to the "Maggie Mo Murder Mystery;" he built the awesome "Students to Outer Space Club" model rocket ship; he acted in "eCarnegie" and the "Students to Outer Space Recruitment Video;" and he was an integral part of our field team for the "Bhangra in the Burgh Interview" segment.

The fourth ever (!!) Jeremy B. Neuberg Most Valuable Player Award goes to Ellen Hyland, a founding member of the VH, who took an essential role in our cast this semester playing the title role in "Ellen Cooks Last Night's Leftovers," a memorable part in "eCarnegie," and appearing in all three of our live acts. She clinched the award during the final week of production by leading the efforts to spread the word about our show, helping to put together another fantastic installment of TTH, and sharing her hilarious story of aggressive massage techniques. Your trophy will be available in January (as will those of previous JBNMVP winners).

The Blake, awarded to the producers of the best digital submission, goes to Danny Kane, Paris Obdan, and Liana Rosenberg for their thoroughly entertaining "Maggie Mo Murder Mystery" trailer. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Margaret Morrison send an enigmatic private investigator on a quest to discover who killer her. Was it the lawyer? The cute little paper girl? The Doctor? Find out on a campus near you - Summer 2009.

And finally, the VH's newest award, the Friedman Prize for Writership, goes to rookie cast member Brendan Sullivan. A major contributor to our script, Brendan played a key role in developing many of our skits for production and he wrote a significnat share of our TTH jokes. In addition, he took on the position of TTH co-host and participated in all of our improv acts.

Congratulations winners!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Season 3 Available Online Now!

The Variety Hour is proud to announce that Season 3 is available online on our YouTube Channel! See the Variety Hour recruit students to space, finish up last night's leftovers, and introduce a new website to find the perfect "Study Buddy." You can check out some of the videos below! Live content will be uploaded shortly.

This Season's Opening:



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

VH Episode 3 - 12.4.2008

That's right sportsfans, the CMU Variety Hour is holding the red carpet premiere of its 3rd episode this Thursday in McConomy Audiorium from precisely 8PM to 9PM. This show's featured acts include: All New VH Digital Shorts, Things That Happened with Brendan Sullivan and Ellen Hyland, Tim Dimond, Off The Top Improv, Ellen Hyland's "A Cautionary Tale", SoundBytes, AND SO MUCH MORE!! Admission is FREE.

Get ready to get blown away!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

VH Season 3 Update

Production is going GREAT halfway through our third season of the Variety Hour! We've been making fantastic progress and the invites to perform just keep coming. This semester continues to be crazy busy! November is our crunch month!

What we've done:
-Ellen Cooks Last Night's Leftovers
-Students to Outer Space Club Recruiting
-"Who Killed Maggie Mo" Trailer
-10/23 Opening Act for Bill Burr at CMU Homecoming '08

What's coming up:
-VH3 Filming/ Editing
-VH3 Live Act Auditions
-11/8 Bhangra in the Burgh
-11/15 Insomnia Film Festival
-11/16 TriDelt Charity Brunch?
-11/20 Up Til Dawn?
-12/4 VH3 Premiere!!!!! THE BIG DAY!

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Variety Hour Extends an Invite to the Carnegie Mellon University Orientation Council

The Variety Hour is attempting to grow even further.  The best outlet would be to inspire unique talents to perform would be the freshmen talent show.  The Variety Hour is interested in seeing which of these unique talents would be good to recruit for the Variety Hour itself.  In turn, the Variety Hour will become a producer for the talent show and some of the technical components.  Essentially, we are creating a glorified Camp Talent Show. But that's what everyone had when they were little and that's what people should embrace.

We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Technabob Features CMU Gurlzzz!

Congratulations CMU Gurlzzz! External press! I couldn't be more excited to see this happen! is a tech, gadget blog, and today site owner and author Paul Strauss put a great blog up today about it!

"The girls of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are undoubtedly some of the dopest chicks you’ll ever encounter. Not only do they do they possess mad algebraic skillz and could probably kick your ass in World of Warcraft, they have the only finest taste in tech blogs." -

The video CMU Gurlzzz has over 8000 hits since it's debut in the beginning of may. The Variety Hour is looking forward to seeing what Technabob's press will do to it!

Very nice, gurlzzz!


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

All Videos Up On YouTube!

Check out the latest episode of the Variety Hour, including a bonus video of "Tampons."


A New Page Turned

Congratulations to the new executive board of the Variety Hour! I can't wait to see what happens with it next semester!!!

*Board of Directors

Executive Producer*
Jeremy Neuberg

Co-Executive Producer*
Jared Friedman
Liana Rosenberg

Director of Cinematography*
Blake Coughenour

Producer of Cinematography*
Jonathan Kush
Associate Producer - Can Duruk

Director of Relations - Lobbyist
Carolina Velez

Head Writer
Jared Friedman

Jeremy Neuberg

Ellen Hyland

Communication Designer
Website - Tshirt - Posters

Carolina Velez
Liana Rosenberg

Lindsay Liu

Christopher Farley & Richard Pryor Mermorial After Party Planning Committee Heads
Vika Kovalchuk
Jason Hawkins

Each pitch must have a director and producer with pitch
Broadcast Live
Younger Members
Writing Table
New York Writing Retreat
More Digital Shorts
Stronger Tech

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Award Winners!

The Variety Hour is please to announce that there were three award winners on Wednesday Night.

The Alexander Andrews Appreciation Award for overall commitment to the Variety Hour. This year's winner was Jenna Steely for her overwhelming support for CMU Gurlzzz, Greek Sing's "Hazy Sunday," Star Wars Bagpipe, and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. This award was started in 2007 at the first show.

The Jeremy Neuberg Most Valuable Player Award went to Jared Friedman for his production work with "Hazy Sunday," reconstructing and organizing a rap and sketch. He also answered the call when interviewers were needed at Carnegie Mellon's midway, knocked the improv OFF THE TOP!, and is looking to get more involved in the Variety Hour next year!!!

The Blake Coughenour Digital Submission Award is a new award this year encouraging outside parties to submit their digital shorts for the Variety Hour premiere. This year Mike Paletta, Tony Paletta, Sean Conboy, and Foster Crawford all came together to create "Crybaby." "Crybaby" is a silent black and white film that displays the angst of a young man who has just been left by his girlfriend, Ezra. We find Mr. Crawford tumulting down a sad and lonely spiral, only to discover that his means of destruction are less than adequate for his desires. Find this video on YouTube in the nearest of futures.

Congratulations everyone!

The Variety Hour - Episode 2! It's gonna be up!

Check this out for a full recap of last Wednesday's Variety Hour: The VH Steps Up.

The videos will be posted over the next week, so subscribe and be updated when the videos are posted.

This is CMU Gurlzzz written by Jenna Steely, Courtney Gooch and Vika Kovalchuk. Cinematography and editing by Blake Coughenour; Beat by DJ Master Mike; Sound Engineering by Alex Andrews.

Like to watch live comedy? The Variety Hour has its own Improv Team: Liana Rosenberg & Carolina Velez, Ellen Hyland & Alex Andrews, and Jared Friedman and Jason Hawkins all tackle the teamwork needed when one loses their hands.

Looking for more? Keep posted at


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Tartan Recognized Us!

The night began with a “CMU Variety Hour,” a show similar to the late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live. The “Variety Hour” was performed by mechanical engineering junior Ellen Hyland and social and decision sciences senior Tim Dimond, featuring a news segment called “Things That Happened” in the style of SNL’s “Weekend Update”, along with the rap “Hazy Sunday,” detailing the aftershock of those crazy Carnegie Mellon Saturday nights performed by a group of students. The real competition began with the singles performances by six fraternities.