Insolence is Bliss! 108th Libel Show by the Numbers

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Look out, professors! The 108th Libel Show has got your number once again.

March 29, 2016

For more than a century, the annual student send-up of life at the University of Virginia School of Law known as the Libel Show has left attendees holding their sides — whether from too much laughter, or from the actual puncture wounds of being skewered.

As always, this year's installment, "Libel 108: Wet Hot American Libel," which runs Thursday through Saturday, highlights the comedic and musical talents of law students. All performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) in Caplin Auditorium, with tickets available online and in Hunton & Williams Hall.

"The show is the result of the hard work of nearly 100 students at UVA Law," said producer Jennifer Talbert, a third-year law student who gave us a by-the-numbers preview of the show:

  • 85 students cast (everyone who auditioned, and then some); the cast also serves as the crew
  • 17 band members
  • 9 writers (not counting the Junta, Libel's management team)
  • 36 students on the Junta
  • 7 song-and-dance numbers
  • 18 faculty members lovingly skewered (“For now…” Talbert said.)
  • 128.5 rehearsal hours
  • Number of libel suits filed based on 108 years of performances: 0

Professors George Cohen, Anne Coughlin and G. Edward White will deliver faculty rebuttals during the Thursday and Friday performances. Friday's performance will be targeted to first-year law students, and Saturday is alumni night.


For more information, visit the Libel Show Facebook page or email

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