Humorology

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"Humo" redirects here. For the Belgian weekly magazine, see HUMO.

Humorology, or "Humo" for short, is an annual juried musical/variety show that takes place at the Union Theater of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The competition consists of six original mini musical comedies written, produced and performed by independent companies and overseen by a student-run executive board. Begun, in 1948, Humorology is one of the oldest traditions at the UW–Madison and has become the largest non-profit student service organization in Wisconsin.[citation needed]

About the show[edit]

Humorology is a competition among mini-musical comedy shows. Each 20-minute show takes popular music and adapts it into a story with singing, dancing, and comedy. Each show is written, directed, choreographed, and performed by students and the sets and costumes are student-made. Rehearsals begin in early October, when each cast prepares a nine-minute first half of their show to audition for the final show. Auditions take place in December when six casts are selected to move on to the final show, which is held in April in the Wisconsin Union Theater (Overture Center for the Arts 2013). In preparation for the final show, the remaining six casts lengthen their shows by nine minutes to produce an 18-minute mini-musical comedy. The six mini-musical comedies are performed over a series of three nights. On the final night of the show awards are given to the top three shows determined by a panel of judges. Additional "Caption" awards are given for Best Musical Number, Best Use of Theme, Best Female Performer, Best Male Performer, Best Dance Break, and Funniest Show.

The companies[edit]

Each Humo company consists of members of a UW–Madison fraternity teamed with members of a sorority. Individuals independent of the Greek system also participate. Nine companies and shows are created every year, but only six shows make it through auditions to the final performance.

Charities[edit]

Humorology is the largest non-profit student service organization in Wisconsin.[citation needed] Proceeds from Humorology performances are donated to several charities.

Notable changes[edit]

In 2014, changes in the structure of Humorology, Inc. brought the donations total from a record low in 2013 to a record high in 2014. Under the 2014 leadership of executive producers Rolf Ieuter and Carla Nasui, the fundraising structure was changed and greater emphasis was put on the philanthropy aspect of the show. This included a change in how the winning cast was chosen. Instead of the all out best show being picked by the judges, the best three shows are picked. Of the three casts picked, the winner is decided based on how much the cast fundraised.[1]

Recent history[edit]

Year 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2001 Pi Beta Phi & Sigma Phi Epsilon Delta Gamma & Acacia Chi Omega & Tau Kappa Epsilon
2002 Kappa Kappa Gamma & Acacia Delta Gamma & Sigma Alpha Epsilon Gamma Phi Beta & Sigma Phi Epsilon
2003 Delta Gamma & Sigma Phi Epsilon Gamma Phi Beta & Acacia Alpha Phi, Zeta Beta Tau, & Sigma Phi
2004 Delta Gamma & Delta Upsilon Kappa Kappa Gamma & Sigma Phi Epsilon Alpha Chi Omega & Acacia
2005 Pi Beta Phi & Sigma Phi Epsilon Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Phi, & Sigma Pi Delta Gamma & Pi Kappa Alpha
2006 Delta Gamma & Sigma Pi, & Sigma Phi Kappa Alpha Theta & Chi Psi (The Lodge) Alpha Chi Omega & Sigma Phi Epsilon
2007 Alpha Chi Omega & Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Gamma Rho & Alpha Epsilon Pi Delta Gamma & Sigma Phi Epsilon Kappa Kappa Gamma, Chi Psi, & Sigma Chi
2008 Gamma Phi Beta, & Delta Tau Delta, & Alpha Gamma Rho, & Alpha Epsilon Pi Delta Gamma & Delta Upsilon Kappa Alpha Theta, Sigma Phi & Sigma Pi
2009 Delta Gamma, & Delta Tau Delta, & Alpha Gamma Rho, & Alpha Epsilon Pi Gamma Phi Beta & Sigma Phi Epsilon Kappa Alpha Theta & Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
2010 Alpha Chi Omega & Sigma Phi Epsilon Kappa Kappa Gamma & Alpha Epsilon Pi Pi Beta Phi, & Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), & Phi Kappa Tau
2011 Delta Gamma & Sigma Phi Epsilon Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Gamma Rho, Chi Psi (The Lodge) & Delta Tau Delta Alpha Chi Omega & Alpha Epsilon Pi
2012 Gamma Phi Beta & Alpha Gamma Rho & Delta Tau Delta & Chi Psi (The Lodge) Kappa Kappa Gamma & Sigma Phi Epsilon Delta Gamma & Delta Upsilon & Kappa Sigma
2013 Alpha Phi & Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Chi Omega, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Gamma Rho, Delta Tau Delta, & Chi Psi Pi Beta Phi, Theta Chi, & Chi Phi
2014 Pi Beta Phi & Sigma Phi Epsilon Kappa Alpha Theta & Chi Phi Kappa Kappa Gamma & Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://i.imgur.com/yTrl3mS.jpg

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