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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 >>


    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 >>


    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 >>


    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 >>


    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 >>


    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 >>


    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 >>


    Three tips for Wizard World Comic Con n00bs

    published Apr 30, 2014

    This weekend, the biggest, most star-studded Comic Con to hit the Twin Cities takes over the Minneapolis Convention Center. More than just your standard gathering of dorks and cosplayers, Minneapolis ... More >>

  • Nick Griffin: Babysitting comedian

    Nick Griffin: Babysitting comedian

    published Apr 24, 2014

    Nick Griffin has an impressive comedy resume. With a career spanning more than two decades, he has appeared on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Conan, and just a few short weeks... More >>

  • Sheng Wang

    published April 16, 2014

    For some comedians, performing standup for a living is something they've dreamed about since they were kids. For Sheng Wang, standup was something... More >>

  • Deon Cole

    published April 9, 2014

    If you've been a fan of Conan O'Brien over the past five years, then you know all about Deon Cole. He's been a writer and performer on O'Brien's... More >>


    Sheng Wang: "I'll probably do standup for another 10 years or so, then retire and deliver pizzas"

    published Apr 15, 2014

    Most standup comedians discover their talents at an early age, be it as the class clown or oddball in school. Sheng Wang wasn't one of those people."I was never the go-to funny guy or anything like th... More >>


    Deon Cole talks Black Box, Googling himself

    published Apr 09, 2014

    Deon Cole isn't someone you forget easily. He's been synonymous with Conan O'Brien since his brief Tonight Show run back in 2009, and has been a writer and performer on Conan since its inception, beco... More >>


    We played "F*ck, Marry, Kill" with Kristen Schaal

    published Apr 03, 2014

    Is there anything that Kristen Schaal can't do?Whether she's playing the psychotically obsessed NBC page Hazel Wassername on 30 Rock, psychotically obsessed Conchords super fan Mel on Flight of the Co... More >>

  • Cheech & Chong

    published March 19, 2014

    We may be a month away from April 20, but it's still about to get super hazy up in here. This Friday night, the OGs of stoner comedy, Cheech and... More >>

  • Jeff Caldwell

    published March 12, 2014

    For some parents, their worst fear is that their child will forgo the somewhat "safe" route of heading to college and getting a real job in favor... More >>


    Cheech Marin talks comedy, cartoons, and weed (obviously)

    published Mar 19, 2014

    If you've ever heard of marijuana, chances are you know about Cheech and Chong. The original stoners of comedy have one of the longest lasting careers in history, with dozens of albums, films, and ev... More >>


    Jeff Caldwell: "I insist that people address me as 'Doctor'"

    published Mar 13, 2014

    For some parents, their worst fear is that their child will forgo the somewhat "safe" route of heading to college and getting a real job in favor of becoming something like an actor or a  standup... More >>


    Local comedian Isaac Witty on Conan tonight

    published Mar 05, 2014

    Another Twin Cities comedian will be showing up on the small screen tonight. Isaac Witty is set to perform on Conan. A longtime veteran of the local comedy scene, Witty has performed at basically ever... More >>

  • Mick Foley

    published February 19, 2014

    In the late '90s, wrestling fans all over the world were packing arenas with signs that read "Foley is God." These days, former WWE superstar Mick... More >>


    Trivia Mafia hosts Oscar movie trivia night this Tuesday

    published Feb 24, 2014

    This Sunday night is the biggest event of the year for A-list actors, directors, and middle-aged moms who LOVE red-carpet fashion. The Academy Awards is Hollywood's chance get sauced and celebrate the... More >>


    WWE superstar Mick Foley: "I don't do standup; I'm a storyteller"

    published Feb 20, 2014

    In the late-'90s, WWE superstar Mick Foley was known as the "hardcore legend" of pro wresting, thanks to his brutal, bloody brawls with the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. He's been thr... More >>

  • David Koechner

    published February 12, 2014

    For most actors who try their hand at standup, the biggest concern is having overzealous fans yelling out catchphrases and one-liners from their... More >>

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