L-R: Chris Bliss, Josh (J. Elvis) Weinsteim Images courtesy the standups


Bliss & Weinstein

Daily from Oct. 16-20
8 p.m.
Daily from Oct. 19-20
10:30 p.m.

“My favorite expression of friendship is making stuff with people,” says J. Elvis Weinstein, better known in the Twin Cities as Josh Weinstein. “That’s why Chris [Bliss] and I do these shows once a year at Acme.” Weinstein’s many projects with friends include two podcasts, one with Andy Kindler, as well as his long-awaited documentary on musician/actor Michael Des Barres, which is due for release in early 2019. Doing standup is still part of the mix, though. “I like to cherry-pick the situation,” he says. Among the gigs he favors are feature slots with friends Tom Segura and Chad Daniels. Bliss, meanwhile, continues to work on his Bill of Rights project, which aims to get a monument of the first 10 amendments of the Constitution in all 50 state Capitols. When he’s not doing that, he’s busy with speaking engagements based on his popular TED Talk, Comedy is Translation. “The gist of it is what performing standup taught me about how we communicate,” he explains. “It’s such an intimate form of communication between strangers.” 18+.