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2009 Stories by P.F. Wilson

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  • Jeff Dunham

    published September 2, 2009

    Watching ventriloquist Jeff Dunham perform live, you might catch a glimpse of what Steve Martin used to call "creativity in action." It's the part... More >>

  • Costaki Economopoulos

    published August 26, 2009

    Costaki Economopoulos bills himself as "the biggest name in show business," but there's more to this standup comic than clever wordplay. Well... More >>

  • Fraser Young

    published August 19, 2009

    It's like starting over for Canadian comic Fraser Young. The Toronto native, now based in New York City, is trying to establish an American fan... More >>

  • Greg Warren

    published August 19, 2009

    "My act is probably a little more personal than other people's," says St. Louis native Greg Warren. "Most of my act are these characters, and most... More >>

  • Moshe Kasher

    published August 12, 2009

    When asked about what he likes to do onstage, comedian Moshe Kasher replies, "I don't have very much to say. My set, and this is not a joke, is... More >>

  • Tim Young

    published August 12, 2009

    What makes comedian Tim Young laugh? "People falling down," he says. "People getting hurt. Sometimes. I'm very juvenile, but my act is not." A... More >>

  • Michael Somerville

    published August 5, 2009

    "You need to be good at a lot of things to make a living," says comic, columnist, and TV host Michael Somerville. "It's not like the old days... More >>

  • Paul Hooper

    published July 29, 2009

    Since childhood, Paul Hooper wanted to be a standup comedian, though it took him a while to work up the nerve to do it. "Somewhere around the age... More >>

  • Rene Bray

    published July 22, 2009

    "When I got out of college I wanted to be an attorney," says comedian Rene Bray, "but I was afraid to speak in front of people. I don't know what... More >>

  • Emo Philips

    published July 15, 2009

    Emo Philips loves the Twin Cities, but he doesn't care much for the Mall of America. "I think everyone goes to the Mall of America eventually," he... More >>

  • Andy Kindler

    published July 8, 2009

    Standup comedian Andy Kindler feels he's really hit a groove with his gig as a correspondent for The Late Show with David Letterman.... More >>

  • Tim Harmston

    published July 1, 2009

    "You know, my act is like a car crash," says comedian Tim Harmston, "with bits and pieces flying all over the place. Sometimes it makes sense,... More >>

  • Bill Santiago

    published June 24, 2009

    Years ago, before most people knew who Barack Obama was, Bill Santiago thought about the possibility of a black president. "If you're asking how... More >>

  • Bill Cosby

    published June 24, 2009

    Seems every recent generation has a Bill Cosby—literally. Folks growing up in the '60s knew him as the co-star of the I-Spy TV... More >>

  • K.P. Anderson

    published June 17, 2009

    A lot of funny people seem to come from the Twin Cities, including K.P. Anderson. He started in standup while still at Hamline and today is... More >>

  • Paul Gilmartin

    published June 10, 2009

    You probably recognize Paul Gilmartin as the co-host of the TBS program Dinner and a Movie. Though he's had that gig since the mid-'90s, he... More >>

  • Demetri Martin

    published May 27, 2009

    Demetri Martin is probably most widely recognized for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and, subsequently, his own sketch comedy... More >>

  • Ian Bagg

    published May 20, 2009

    Inspired by the comedy albums of Bill Cosby and Jonathan Winters, comedian Ian Bagg is still a big fan of the format. "I know most guys have DVDs... More >>

  • Jimmy Pardo

    published May 13, 2009

    What's new with Jimmy Pardo? "I'm in my brand new car," he says as he heads for an audition in Los Angeles. "My lease was up so I got a brand new... More >>

  • Paula Poundstone

    published May 13, 2009

    "I'm not doing a tour that could be on the back of a sweatshirt," explains Paula Poundstone. "I'd like to, 'cause I'd get a sweatshirt out of it."... More >>

  • Chris Bliss

    published April 29, 2009

    Chris Bliss became a juggler to escape a career as an attorney. An early job highlight came when he was asked to join Michael Jackson's 1984 tour.... More >>

  • Colin Hay

    published April 29, 2009

    "I never felt any pressure to write hit records...from anybody except myself," says former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay, who has been solo since... More >>

  • Lisa Lampanelli

    published April 29, 2009

    The fact that her website is called insultcomic.com should tell you quite a bit about Lisa Lampenelli. The... More >>

  • Tim Slagle

    published April 22, 2009

    While comic Tim Slagle has always had a knack for political humor, it's a subject he's trying to move away from. "I don't think the country has... More >>

  • Daniel Tosh

    published April 22, 2009

    When he's not telling jokes in a comedy club, Daniel Tosh can usually be found riding the waves. Of the two, he'd rather be surfing. "But standup... More >>

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