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  • Wits: Kumail Nanjiani

    published June 18, 2014

    We're only halfway through 2014, but it's official: Kumail Nanjiani is having a good year. While many may recognize him from shows like... More >>

  • Kumail Nanjiani

    published June 18, 2014

    We're only halfway through 2014, but it's official: Kumail Nanjiani is having a good year. While many may recognize him from shows like... More >>

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    Last Comic Standing recap: Semi-Final Day 2

    published Jun 20, 2014

    And then there were 10.Last night, the last group of semi-finalists squared off for their chance to join the other five comedians chosen for the finals. Celebrity mentor Wanda Sykes was on hand once ... More >>

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    John Moe discusses his new book, Wits' 50th, and Star Wars

    published Jun 19, 2014

    No one really knows how John Moe's brain works. But it's pretty fun to watch.The Wits host has gained a passionate national following thanks to his unique sense of humor, seemingly endless supply of p... More >>

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    Steve Byrne talks Sullivan and Son Comedy Tour: "We're like a four-headed monster"

    published Jun 19, 2014

    Let's be honest: Summer television is awful.It's packed with reruns, reality shows, and garbage that most self-respecting people with half a brain wouldn't be caught dead watching (big shout-out to Th... More >>

  • Wrestlepalooza IV

    published June 11, 2014

    Wrestlepalooza is back for its fourth installment this weekend at First Avenue with its cast of face-smashing, high-flying wrestlers, including... More >>

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    Three tips for surviving the Great Bull Run

    published Jun 18, 2014

    This whole "extreme running" thing used to be cute.Before now, it was all color runs, bacon chases, and the occasional zombie. But this weekend, things are going to get REAL.This Saturday, Elk River E... More >>

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    Kumail Nanjiani discusses the best dick joke in history

    published Jun 17, 2014

    This is shaping up to be a very good year for Kumail Nanjiani. As one of the stars of the breakout hit TV show Silicon Valley, the comedian has opened the eyes of new fans that may not have been famil... More >>

  • WWE Monday Night RAW

    published June 4, 2014

    When former WWE legend and Minnesota native Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig appeared on the second episode of Monday Night Raw back in 1993, his... More >>

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    Last Comic Standing recap: Semi-final day 1

    published Jun 13, 2014

    After three weeks of competition, last night's Last Comic Standing kicked off the semi-finals with 14 of the 28 remaining contestants performing for the judges, including the two remaining Twin Cities... More >>

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    Wrestlepalooza burlesque performer Sweetpea: "It's about the sizzle, not the steak"

    published Jun 12, 2014

    What happens when you take the best independent wrestling talent, the sexiest burlesque performers, and live punk rock, then jam them inside of First Avenue? You get the fourth installment of Wrestlep... More >>

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    KDWB's Steve "Steve-O" LaTart battles comedians over heckling

    published Jun 12, 2014

    This past Tuesday, the House of Comedy wrapped up its fifth annual Funniest Person With A Day Job contest, with some of the very best Twin Cities comedians competing for the $1,000 grand prize. Ultima... More >>

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    Eddie Izzard talks Force Majeure, Monty Python, marathon running

    published Jun 11, 2014

    To hell with the Dos Equis guy; Eddie Izzard really is the most interesting man in the world.The British actor and comedian has performed for sold-out theaters and arenas all over the globe, oftentime... More >>

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    WWE Superstar Curtis Axel carries the legacy of Minnesota pro wrestling

    published Jun 09, 2014

    From the early days of the AWA, the legacy of pro wrestling in Minnesota is well documented. Now third-generation wrestler Curtis Axel is carrying that torch as a WWE Superstar. If he looks familiar, ... More >>

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    Last Comic Standing recap: Invitationals 4

    published Jun 06, 2014

    FINALLY. For the past two weeks, we've been on the edge of our seats, anxiously waiting to see the Twin Cities comedy scene represented on NBC's Last Comic Standing. We've had a few quick glimpses, li... More >>

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    Nick Swardson delivers at Acme homecoming

    published Jun 04, 2014

    So there's this guy named Nick Swardson. He's been in some movies and stuff. And he's from Minnesota. Maybe you've heard of him? Last night the comedian/actor,  who has appeared in umpteen movies... More >>

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    Last Comic Standing recap: Invitationals 3

    published May 30, 2014

    If you forgot to watch Last Comic Standing last night and kicked yourself this morning for missing out on seeing your favorite Minneapolis comedians square off for a chance to join the elite list of s... More >>

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    SNL's Jay Pharoah on comedy, Drake, The Hunger Games, and more

    published May 28, 2014

    To the casual fan, Jay Pharoah is a lot of things. The Saturday Night Live star is best known for his spot-on impressions of everyone from President Obama to Will Smith, as well his viral video smash... More >>

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    Last Comic Standing recap: Premiere

    published May 23, 2014

    Last night kicked off the eighth season of NBC's standup comedy showdown, Last Comic Standing.     For its first new season in four years, the show features 100 of the best comedians fr... More >>

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    Twin Cities comedians prepare to be Last Comic Standing

    published May 22, 2014

    Beginning this Thursday, 100 of the best comedians from all over the world will compete for a prize package worth $250,000, which includes a talent deal as well as a development deal for a television ... More >>

  • Minneapolis Bike Week

    published April 30, 2014

    While some cyclists are total badasses, willing to pedal through the elements all year long, the majority of us have been anxiously waiting for... More >>

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    Pete Lee, Tracey Ashley, Tim Slagle, and Tim Bedore prepare to Crash & Burn at Acme

    published May 06, 2014

    For most comedians, trying out a few brand-new jokes in front of a paying audience is risky, if not completely unheard of. This week, four of Acme Comedy Co.'s most popular headliners will take that i... More >>

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    Seeking out Wizard World's D-List

    published May 06, 2014

    By now you might have heard that there was a comic book thing happening this past weekend.Thousands of fans packed the Minneapolis Convention Center for Wizard World Comic Con, where some of the bigge... More >>

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    Important life lessons from The Karate Kid

    published May 02, 2014

    This year is the most important year in the history of cinema: The Karate Kid is turning 30. Back in 1984, Daniel LaRusso and his mom packed their shitty station wagon and hit the road in search of pa... More >>

  • Nick Griffin

    published April 23, 2014

    Nick Griffin is coming to Minnesota this week for one reason and one reason only: babysitting. Oh, and he'll squeeze in some comedy, too. "My... More >>

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