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2011 Stories by Bryan Miller

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  • A Year in Review: Bang the Dumb Slowly

    published December 28, 2011

    Lizz Winstead's acerbic year-in-review show at the Parkway Theater is becoming an annual tradition, with the writer, comedian, and Daily... More >>

  • Talking Volumes: Chuck Palahniuk

    published November 16, 2011

    Host Kerri Miller kicks off the 12th season of the Talking Volumes series when she welcomes cult author Chuck Palahniuk. The descriptor "cult... More >>

  • Wits: Special Edition

    published November 16, 2011

    Brevity may be the soul of wit, but a little extra Wits is definitely a good thing. The comedy-centric variety show, which not long ago wrapped up... More >>

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    published November 16, 2011

    Jerry Seinfeld's latest project, like so many of his iconic jokes, succeeds because of its elegant simplicity. The online venture More >>

  • 1968 Scart Movie Night

    published October 26, 2011

    Horror movies are a great barometer of cultural angst—it's no coincidence that torture-centric fare like the Saw and... More >>

  • John Lithgow in Conversation

    published October 19, 2011

    Few actors can claim the range of John Lithgow, who's been lauded for his performances on stage and on screens both big and small. Born into a... More >>

  • Craig Ferguson

    published September 21, 2011

    When Craig Ferguson was tapped by David Letterman's production company to audition as the host of the post-Letterman Late Late Show on... More >>

  • Patches & Gretchen: Headquarters & Dimes

    published August 31, 2011

    Folk-punk frontwoman Gretchen Seichrist is relentlessly innovative and restlessly creative, so to follow up 2010's exceptional Sugar Head... More >>

  • Tommy Ryman

    published August 31, 2011

    The cover of Tommy Ryman's debut album, Bathtime with Tommy Ryman (Stand Up! Records), features the Minneapolis comedy favorite naked in... More >>

  • Tig Notaro

    published August 31, 2011

    Tig Notaro's new CD, Good One, is the first—and thus far only—comedy album to be released by Secretly Canadian, the label... More >>

  • Paul Hooper

    published June 29, 2011

    Paul Hooper is a strange bird, but he's fine with you knowing that. "I think I'm getting weirder as I get older," he halfway frets. "I really... More >>

  • Jesse Joyce

    published June 22, 2011

    At the age of 12, Jesse Joyce was inspired to become a comic by his uncle, who had worked in standup for a few years. "He sent me a tape of him... More >>

  • Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour

    published June 15, 2011

    "Part of what we're doing is taking back that word, 'liberal.' It's not a bad word. We always say we think being liberal is sexy because it means... More >>

  • Demetri Martin

    published June 15, 2011

    Demetri Martin's book, helpfully titled This Is a Book (Grand Central Publishing), is not a comedy cash-in, a glorified transcript of his... More >>

  • Chris Maddock

    published June 1, 2011

    Chris Maddock has always been a little bit comedy and a little bit rock 'n' roll, so it's apropos that he's recording his debut comedy album for... More >>

  • Donald Glover

    published May 18, 2011

    Donald Glover is best known as the dimly affable jock Troy Barnes on NBC's cult hit sitcom Community, but it's only a matter of time... More >>

  • Lewis Black

    published May 4, 2011

    Lewis Black has made a career of artfully losing his shit. His red-faced, spittle-flecked, and highly articulate comedy is a furious fusion of the... More >>

  • Nick DiPaolo

    published April 27, 2011

    In standup comedy, to be conservative is to be an iconoclast, and nobody is more gleefully iconoclastic than Nick DiPaolo. The East Coast native... More >>

  • Adam Carolla

    published April 27, 2011

    It's tough to figure out how exactly to label Adam Carolla. The California native was a carpenter and not-too-successful improv comic when he... More >>

  • Sarah Silverman

    published March 23, 2011

    Poppet-voiced provocateur Sarah Silverman splits the difference between Don Rickles and Audrey Hepburn—and that's quite a difference to... More >>

  • Tommy Johnagin

    published March 23, 2011

    The first year comedian Tommy Johnagin threw himself into standup as a full-time career, he was booked all 52 weeks. "A long time," he adds, "just... More >>

  • Brian Posehn

    published March 2, 2011

    Brian Posehn is a geek of all trades. His filmography includes nods to the horror geek (The Devil's Rejects), animation geek (voices for... More >>

  • Paula Poundstone

    published February 23, 2011

    Paula Poundstone is in the moment. The comedian, who got her start in 1979 and became one of the most prominent performers of the '80s comedy... More >>

  • Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

    published February 16, 2011

    The last time Josh Ritter was in town, the Idaho-born singer-songwriter played the swanky digs at Orchestra Hall, melding wry Americana with the... More >>

  • Marc Maron

    published February 9, 2011

    "I like things to be exciting and unexpected. I like when things come out of me that have never come out of me before," says comedian Marc Maron.... More >>

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