On Harvard Time

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On Harvard Time
Genre Comedy
Created by Mia Walker, Kristina Dominguez, Derek Flanzraich, Michael Koenigs
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
Location(s) Cambridge, Massachusetts
Running time 7-10 minutes
Original network Harvard Undergraduate Television
Original release April 5, 2007 (2007-04-05) – present
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On Harvard Time is a Harvard College student-run Internet comedy news show. Modeled after The Daily Show, it presents, comments, and satirizes Harvard College news in a comedic fashion. It has been considered one of Harvard Undergraduate Television's flagship shows[1] since its founding by Mia Walker, Kristina Dominguez, Derek Flanzraich, and Michael Koenigs, in 2006.

History and description[edit]

Now in its sixth consecutive season, On Harvard Time produces bi-weekly episodes as well as periodic humorous interviews with both Harvard and national public figures, such as Harvard Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons, Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove, Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Rainn Wilson, and 2008 U.S. Presidential candidate Mike Gravel. On Harvard Time's November 2008 "Harvard Yale Aid" video, mocking Yale University before the annual Harvard-Yale football game, was named 2008 Ivy League Video of the Year by IvyGate Blog.[2][3][4]

Among former writers for the series is current Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri.[5]

Influence and controversy[edit]

On Harvard Time content has been cited in Wonkette,[6] Gawker[7] and The New York Times.[8]

A parody of Yale University's "That's Why I Chose Yale" admissions video sparked national outrage[9] after The Yale Daily News criticized its treatment of a recent murder on the Yale campus.[10] In response, On Harvard Time apologized and removed the reference.[11][12]


  1. ^ Drago, Samantha F. (2008-10-01). "Comedy on Harvard’s Terms: A look into HRTV's most popular show." The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved on 2010-05-08.
  2. ^ 2008-12-29. "OHT Wins Pan-Ivy Recognition!." The On Harvard Time Blog. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  3. ^ "About On Harvard Time" at HUTV's site. Famous recurring characters include Chef Brian, Drew Faust, Low Confidence TF, and your mom. Famous almuni include Harrsion Greenbaum, Alex Petri, Pete Davis, Derek Flanzraich, and Molly Fitzpatrick. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  4. ^ "All On Harvard Time Videos" at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  5. ^ "Get That Life: How I Got My Own Humor Column at the "Washington Post"". 29 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Newell, Jim. (2008-04-09). "College Kid Verbally Kicks Karl Rove In Balls." Wonkette. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  7. ^ Kamer, Foster. (2009-11-21). "The 99th Percentile Bowl: 2009’s Harvard-Yale Game, A Compiled Air-to-Ground Report," Gawker. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  8. ^ Patterson, Randall. (2008-03-30). "Students of Virginity." The New York Times. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  9. ^ The Huffington Post. (2010-11-17). "Harvard Parodies "That's Why I Chose Yale," Makes Annie Le Barb (WATCH)" The Huffington Post. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  10. ^ Yale Daily News. (2010-11-17). "News' View: Taking the rivalry too far." Yale Daily News. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  11. ^ Finucane, Martin. (2010-11-18). "Harvard group apologizes for Yale spoof video seen as insensitive." The Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
  12. ^ Stannard, Ed. (2010-11-18). "Harvard group apologizes, removes Annie Le reference from spoof Yale video." New Haven Register. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.

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