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BEST COMEDY CLUB Minneapolis 1999 -

Readers' Choice: Acme Comedy Co.

The Twin Cities comedy circuit may be a bit small compared with its '80s heyday, but Acme has managed to keep the Twin Towns guffawing with a mix of well-known national headliners and local acts. The place to see comic stars, this club has played host to the sardonic sneers of Margaret Smith, the I'm-mad-as-hell-and-I'm-not-going-to-take-it-anymore sputterings of The Daily Show's Louis Black, the political grumblings and musings of Will Durst, and the imaginative routines of college cult favorite Dana Gould. The star power doesn't eclipse local acts, though, as comedians like Dwight York, Dave Mordahl, and Colleen Kruse all get their shot at the microphone. To ensure that the pool of local talent doesn't go dry, Acme also hosts the annual Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest, in which amateur funnypeople compete for the coveted title. Local comic Dave Mordahl and ex-Twin Citian Nick Swardson jump-started their comedy careers in past competitions. Acme's heady blend of big names, rising locals, and fresh faces just might make you think that the '80s live again--can big hair and narrow ties be far behind?

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