Although students enjoyed an informal collection of skits in 1952, the first official Assault & Flattery took place in 1953 as part of the first Law Day’s activities, and was organized by law student Ed Weiss. The revue (according to the 1963 playbill) aimed to “bring Faculty and students together for a night of mirth and frivolity.” In contrast to more recent performances such as Motion’s Eleven (2011), these early performances were known only as Assault & Flattery. Also unlike today’s show, the Assault & Flattery sketches of the 1950s consisted of a series of sketches put on by various law school organizations as part of a competition. Faculty performed a sketch as well.
Winners of Assault & Flattery (1953-1959)