Tomorrow: Comedy Hour with Steve Rannazzisi


Here at 4E, the midweek crunch has usually got us feeling a certain way.  You know, completely over the whole school thing and ready for the weekend?  Kind of like this:

However, this particular Wednesday we’re feeling a bit more upbeat.  What’s got us feeling this way, you may ask?  Well, Steve Rannazzisi, better known as “Kevin” from FXX’s hit show, The League, is coming to perform at Georgetown tomorrow night!  Doors open at 6:30pm in Sellinger Lounge, and the show is scheduled to start at 7pm and last until 8pm.  The best part?  Admissions is free!  Your GoCard is the only ticket you’ll need for this hysterical hour.

For those of you who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon and Netflix binged on The League yet, you’re clearly missing out.  The show revolves around a group of six friends who participate in a fantasy football league and reside in Chicago.  The debauchery they partake in is seriously second to none, as they are all willing to go to extreme measures to win their league.  The show is also predominantly improvised, further proving the hilarity of the motley cast.

While many tune in to watch Steve handle the trials and tribulations of dealing with the antics of his buddies (here’s to you Taco and Rafi), few fans realize how or why he got his start in the business.  In recent interviews, Steve has revealed how working in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks made him seriously reconsider his career decision.

Shortly after the attacks, he and his girlfriend packed up and headed to Los Angeles so he could pursue his dream of being a stand up comic.  After working in stand up for several years, Steve was discovered by Ashton Kutcher and given the opportunity to work on the show Punk’d.  Finally, in 2009, he signed on to star in The League and we’ve been laughing ever since.

Studying for your midterms can be put off but laughing with Steve Rannazzisi cannot.  So, will you be in attendance?

Long story short; grab your GoCard, head to Sellinger at 6:30pm tomorrow and get ready to fall out of your seat laughing.  You know you’ll see us there!


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Manly Monday: Fantasy Football Punishments

manlymondaysRon Swanson once said, “The only thing I hate more than lying is skim milk, which is water lying about being milk.”

What does this have to do with 4E, you might ask? Starting this week, the “men” of 4E will be running Manly Monday posts, bringing you the whole milk of blog posts. With Ron Swanson, the epitome of manhood in mind, we bring you the first every Manly Monday. Enjoy.

(Disclaimer: These posts apply to everyone. Not just men.)

The NFL is back in full swing, which means it is fantasy football season for the less-athletically-gifted among us. Leagues amongst friends can get incredibly competitive as people vie for bragging rights, money or some form of reward from the rest of the league. In some leagues, though, the focus shifts from the winner to the loser. Instead of prizes, the commish doles out punishments. Without further ado, here are some of 4E’s favorite league punishments.

The Waiter This one can take on a lot of different forms. The gist is that the last place finisher has to serve the league-winner in some fashion. This can be serving dinner at Leo’s, grabbing snacks/beverages on game day or even doing the winner’s laundry. It’s up to you.

The Name Change This one is more for leagues that play every year, but put simply, the winner gets to choose the loser’s team name for the entire next season (for those less-avid fantasy football fans, team names are taken VERY seriously). Also, the winner could choose to change the loser’s Twitter handle for a certain period of time. Just another take on it.

The Apology The loser of the league must send a letter to the parents of each league member, apologizing for wasting their son/daughter’s time all season. It’s nice, though not necessary, if league dues can cover the mailing costs.

Public Humiliation There are a lot of options with this punishment as well. This could entail performing at an open-mic night, karaoke night, bursting out into song at Leo’s, really anything. While singing is usually entertaining, embarrassing costumes are always fun too.

The SAT Our final punishment is the punishment for the loser in a league I am in. As the name suggests, the league loser must relive the awful four-plus-hour experience that is the SAT. You can either send the loser to a local high school to take the real test, or proctor it yourselves. I would recommend setting a minimum score he/she must receive to prevent intentional failing.

And for those of your that aren’t getting your fantasy fix through your leagues and aforementioned punishments, now we have short-term fantasy sports sites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings. Check out this awesome analysis to see how the two compare.

Good luck and Godspeed to those of you playing fantasy football this season; hopefully none of you will be completing punishments come January.