Red Hot Poker (Yale)

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Red Hot Poker
Origin Yale University
Genres Sketch Comedy
Years active 1855-Present (with a short break for the Civil War)

Red Hot Poker is a New Haven-based sketch comedy group at Yale University.[1] The group performs 6 original full-length shows per year and also performs with other comedy groups.

Most recently[when?] they have performed with Purple Crayon of Yale University, The Oxford Revue of Oxford University, and comic duo Frangela.[2][3]


At the beginning of each academic year, Red Hot Poker begins its formal rush process. Potential new members attend open auditions to read sides [clarification needed] from the previous years' shows. Callbacks are offered to the top auditionees. The group typically "taps" 3-5 new members per year.