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  • Dr. Mambo's Combo

    published December 29, 2010

    1987 was a notable year for Minnesota: the Twins won the World Series, Prince released one of his best albums in Sign 'O' the Times, and... More >>

  • 2010: The Year in Whatever
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    2010: The Year in Whatever

    published Dec 27, 2010

    ​Who has time to catch up with everything? Seeing movies, reading comics, following comedy, watching TV--each of these activities can be a full-time job in itself, and when it comes time to sum it a... More >>

  • Metallagher's New Year's Dyer's Eve

    published December 22, 2010

    If there's one thing the existence of Metallagher proves, it's that portmanteau-based novelty bands are only as good as what their name promises.... More >>

  • Yo Gotti

    published December 22, 2010

    Yeah, it's Christmas Eve -- but it's also Friday night, and hitting the clubs isn't necessarily out of the question. In that event, Karma's scored... More >>

  • Stocking Stuffers

    published December 22, 2010

    It's never fun having to go through Christmas without getting a single thing you've asked for. You were good all year -- comparatively speaking --... More >>

  • Five movies to watch instead if 'Tron: Legacy' sucks
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    Five movies to watch instead if 'Tron: Legacy' sucks

    published Dec 16, 2010

    ​Let's be fair here: I haven't seen Tron: Legacy yet, and it's likely you haven't, either. And despite the suspicion that so often swirls around CGI-filled blockbusters--especially remakes, reboots,... More >>

  • Keep the receipt: the gifts that make our holidays awkward
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    Keep the receipt: the gifts that make our holidays awkward

    published Dec 09, 2010

    ​In an ideal scenario, giving gifts to a friend or loved one during the holiday season is laughably easy. You find out what they want when they drop an obvious hint, or you know them well enough to ... More >>

  • Spot On: Choice clips from the British Television Advertising Awards

    published Dec 02, 2010

    ​For two dozen years now, the Walker has staged an annual symposium on the idea that television commercials can actually be entertaining -- at least if they're from Britain. Like a somewhat artsier ... More >>

  • Scott Pilgrim and the hipster-geek divide
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    Scott Pilgrim and the hipster-geek divide

    published Nov 23, 2010

    ​If you had to save a pop-culture artifact to show people 25 years from now in order to help them make sense of what this decade's youth culture was like, you could do a lot worse than the Scott Pil... More >>

  • Tim and Eric Awesome Tour, Great Job! Chrimbus Spectacular 2010

    published November 17, 2010

    Christmas is stressful enough as it is without television getting in the way—the faux-heartwarming holiday moments shoehorned into usually... More >>

  • The Upright Citizens Brigade's sketchy characters visit the Varsity

    published Nov 16, 2010

    ​It's not easy to come up with inspired nonsense off the top of your head, even when you've got some outside sources of inspiration. (Hell, I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to start this ... More >>

  • Prof

    published November 17, 2010

    Prof is one of those MCs who teeters on the borderline between making any beat sound good and making it sound irrelevant. Sometimes he rides a... More >>

  • Upright Citizens Brigade

    published November 10, 2010

    If traditional sketch comedy is tricky enough to get right, then the spontaneous, unpredictable art of improv sketch comedy is downright perilous.... More >>

  • Doug Stanhope rants, 'blorts,' and more at the Varsity

    published Nov 08, 2010

    ​Doug Stanhope is not interested in your approval. He might be owed some -- at least if mortified horror can fuel approval -- but he will not make it easy for you. "I wish the road down was faster,"... More >>

  • Takin' it to the Tweets: Five Comedy Feeds to Follow on Twitter

    published Nov 04, 2010

    ​So you've got Conan, Kanye, and Colbert on your feed. You were one of the first 1,500 people to follow Aziz Ansari. You're keeping tabs on everyone who ever wrote and performed on Mystery Science T... More >>

  • Bill Burr, human Molotov cocktail

    published Oct 25, 2010

    ​A lot of comedians like to justify their edgier material with an arrogant disclaimer: "I'm actually up here sayin' what you only think." Veteran provocateur Bill Burr might as well offer an addendu... More >>

  • Alternative monster ideas for when zombies, vampires, and werewolves don't cut it
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    Alternative monster ideas for when zombies, vampires, and werewolves don't cut it

    published Oct 21, 2010

    ​People, we are currently depleting one of our most precious natural pop-culture resources: monsters. In an era where the tenor of the times seems to be "everyone around me is a mindless automaton ... More >>

  • Rayguns, Robots and Tattooed Philosophers: Comic Creators to Watch at Fallcon

    published Oct 14, 2010

    ​If you've ever been to a comics convention, you probably have a good idea as what to expect from the 23rd annual installation of the Midwest Comic Book Association's gathering, FallCon. And sure, i... More >>

  • Mallman Marathon 3

    published September 29, 2010

    Most musicians never manage to write 400 pages of lyrics and 78 hours' worth of songs in their entire careers. But Mark Mallman? He tends to see... More >>

  • Patton vs. Audience: Whoever Wins, We Laugh
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    Patton vs. Audience: Whoever Wins, We Laugh

    published Sep 20, 2010

    ​The crowd that came to the Pantages to see Patton Oswalt on Saturday night expected an edgy, provocative yet giddily enthusiastic set from one of the top comedians in the business. What they didn't... More >>

  • Patton Oswalt

    published September 8, 2010

    In old-time Hollywood, being a triple threat meant you were a talented singer, dancer, and actor. But in the comedy world, it means you can kill a... More >>

  • Gizmonic Institute: Sidehackers

    published August 25, 2010

    After two successful months regaling the Clown Lounge with classic episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Gizmonic Institute is going... More >>

  • E.L.nO.

    published August 18, 2010

    For far too long we've been told that Electric Light Orchestra were insufferable '70s cheese, a bloated prog-rock monstrosity that valued... More >>

  • E.L.nO.

    published July 21, 2010

    For far too long we've been told that Electric Light Orchestra were insufferable '70s cheese, a bloated prog-rock monstrosity that valued... More >>

  • III Kings Soundsystem

    published July 21, 2010

    Anyone can throw on a red-green-and-gold ensemble, guzzle Red Stripe after Red Stripe and natter on about how they had a real deep experience... More >>

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