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  • 2012 in review: Top five Twin Cities comedy moments
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    2012 in review: Top five Twin Cities comedy moments

    published Dec 20, 2012

    Let's not be humble; the Twin Cities comedy scene is a big deal.Pretty much any night of the week, you can catch a theater show, club performance, or open-mic night that is so packed with talent; it w... More >>

  • W. Kamau Bell

    published December 12, 2012

    Not too many standup comedians have made the leap from the stage to late-night talk show host without having ever hit the road as a national... More >>

  • A John Waters Christmas

    published December 12, 2012

    John Waters has a slightly different outlook on Christmas. "I wish I could take a group of crackheads Christmas caroling. Wouldn't that be great?... More >>

  • HGTV host Nicole Curtis gives old houses new life
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    HGTV host Nicole Curtis gives old houses new life

    published Dec 18, 2012

    With Nicole Curtis, what you see is definitely not all that you get. At first pass, the pint-sized Minneapolis resident looks like she's a camera-ready TV star (which, well, she is). But as fans ... More >>

  • Nick Kroll

    published December 12, 2012

    Nick Kroll has been one of the biggest names of the alt-comedy movement for the past several years. Fans might know him from his role as Ruxin,... More >>

  • W. Kamau Bell hopes more than 10 people attend his show
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    W. Kamau Bell hopes more than 10 people attend his show

    published Dec 14, 2012

    At this time last year, W. Kamau Bell wasn't exactly a household name. In fact, he had never even done a national headlining standup tour. But one year later, he's the host of one of the hottest new l... More >>

  • John Waters on Christmas, caroling crack heads, holiday traditions
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    John Waters on Christmas, caroling crack heads, holiday traditions

    published Dec 13, 2012

    John Waters loves Christmas. He just celebrates it in his own unique way."This year, I'm having everyone over to my house, and it's actually going to be very traditional," the actor/director says of h... More >>

  • Nick Kroll on standup, sketch comedy, and solving crimes
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    Nick Kroll on standup, sketch comedy, and solving crimes

    published Dec 11, 2012

    To some he's Ruxin, the morally corrupt fantasy football titan from the FX comedy The League. To others, he's everyone's favorite nightclub connoisseur (and viral video superstar), Bobby Bottleservice... More >>

  • Your guide to mall Santas: A cautionary tale
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    Your guide to mall Santas: A cautionary tale

    published Dec 05, 2012

    Can we all agree that Christmas needs to calm the eff down?It's only December 5, and already parents from all over the suburbs are dressing their kids up in adorably horrifying outfits, braving the cr... More >>

  • NiCoral brings Batman, crafting, and costumes to the holiday shopping season
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    NiCoral brings Batman, crafting, and costumes to the holiday shopping season

    published Nov 26, 2012

    Bad news: Holiday shopping season started last weekend.That means fighting with crowds, blowing cash on stuff your family doesn't want, and convincing yourself that your brother totally needs a mini-f... More >>

  • The world through the eyes of Michael Birawer
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    The world through the eyes of Michael Birawer

    published Nov 15, 2012

    Michael Birawer sees things differently than most people.The St. Paul-based artist has carved out a niche for himself both locally and nationally, thanks to his unique perspective on some of the Twin ... More >>

  • Acme Comedy Co. hosts Mission Nutrition fundraiser
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    Acme Comedy Co. hosts "Mission Nutrition" fundraiser

    published Nov 05, 2012

    Now that all of this "election" nonsense is finally wrapping up, we can all get back to laughing at things that matter.This Wednesday night, Acme Comedy Co. is hosting a special "Mission Nutrition Com... More >>

  • Creative twists on played-out costumes
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    Creative twists on played-out costumes

    published Oct 17, 2012

    The countdown is on.In just two short weeks, bros and lady-bros will be dressing up in their sluttiest, most tasteless, and flat-out ridiculous outfits in honor of the greatest holiday ever created: H... More >>

  • Polyamorous with children: A mom's story
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    Polyamorous with children: A mom's story

    published Oct 15, 2012

    This past week, we dove deep into Twin Cities polyamory scene, to shed some light on how multiple people can co-exist in a loving, open relationship. If you haven't read it already, click here and do ... More >>

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    Polyamory in the Twin Cities

    published October 10, 2012

    Carrie, her husband Rick, and her boyfriend Mark are roommates who share a house in south Minneapolis. And like most roommates, they have... More >>

  • White Bear Lake UFC fighter Jacob Volkmann talks Obama, coming home
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    White Bear Lake UFC fighter Jacob Volkmann talks Obama, coming home

    published Oct 02, 2012

    Jacob Volkmann is coming home.Jacob Volkmann, a chiropractor from White Bear Lake who sports an impressive 14-3 mixed martial arts record, was supposed to have his latest UFC fight last month in Las V... More >>

  • Jim Breuer: A modern-day Cosby in a Metallica T-shirt
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    Jim Breuer: A modern-day Cosby in a Metallica T-shirt

    published Sep 25, 2012

    Jim Breuer has been a lot of things to a lot of people. He's been known as a stoner, a dad, and a Goat Boy. His ability to adapt himself and his comedy over the past 20-plus years has been one of... More >>

  • Found Footage Festival: Volume 6

    published September 19, 2012

    If you've ever watched a training video warning you about the evils of sexual harassment in the workplace, an infomercial for a product that's... More >>

  • Found Footage Festival brings the best of the worst VHS gold to Heights Theatre
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    Found Footage Festival brings the best of the worst VHS gold to Heights Theatre

    published Sep 18, 2012

    What do poorly made training videos, wound-treatment instructionals, and homemade workout videos have in common? They're all VHS gold.This Wednesday night, train-wreck aficionados of all kinds will co... More >>

  • Jakey Emmert wins Acme's Funniest Person Contest
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    Jakey Emmert wins Acme's Funniest Person Contest

    published Sep 05, 2012

    Related stories:Acme Comedy Co. enters the podcast game with 'NoLaughTrack'Acme Comedy Co: Best little wedding chapel in comedyJakey Emmert is the funniest person in the Twin Cities. And he has the ca... More >>

  • Internet Cat Video Film Festival

    published August 29, 2012

    Everyone loves watching cat videos on the internet. Everyone. Unfortunately, the majority of us are stuck trying to sneak a peek at these... More >>

  • Pete Lee: The most interesting man in comedy
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    Pete Lee: The most interesting man in comedy

    published Aug 07, 2012

    Pete Lee isn't a boring guy.Like many comics, Pete Lee's back story and the chain of events that led to him making a career out of getting onstage and telling jokes is pretty incredible -- in a good w... More >>

  • Olympic athletes: The worst commercials
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    Olympic athletes: The worst commercials

    published Jul 31, 2012

    Hey you guys, the Olympics started this weekend. Just thought you should know.For the next two weeks, we're all going to be glued to our television sets, getting amped up about sports we wouldn't norm... More >>

  • Scott Aukerman talks Comedy Bang! Bang!, Obama in a g-string
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    Scott Aukerman talks Comedy Bang! Bang!, Obama in a g-string

    published Jul 26, 2012

    Not everyone gets Scott Aukerman.His brand of comedy is awkward, off-beat, and yes, at times it's just plain weird. Still, as the creator of a successful podcast (Comedy Bang Bang), TV show (Comedy Ba... More >>

  • Midwest Tomato Fest

    published July 11, 2012

    Last year, roughly 2,500 people gathered at Afton Alps for the biggest produce battle our state had ever seen. This year, the fight is headed... More >>

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