Heather McDonald

Daily from Jan. 6-7
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Heather McDonald isn’t afraid to say what she thinks. “I like that I can be honest and not give a shit,” she says of her approach to standup and her Juicy Scoop podcast, which has managed to push through the crowded comedy/gossip/entertainment field to become one of the most consistently funny and engaging programs in the game today. “Screw it. I feel like I’m at the point in my career where I have the freedom to just air it out and say what I want. If someone has a juicy story, I want to hear it, I want to talk about it, and I want to name names.” McDonald has taken over the comedy world in all aspects, whether it’s appearances on the now-defunct Chelsea Lately, her phenomenal standup special I Don’t Mean to Brag, two best-selling memoirs, and that previously mentioned podcast. Regardless whether she’s dishing on her own adventures in parenting and sex (not at the same time), or her take on the latest Hollywood dirt, McDonald is a rare type of performer who is equally funny regardless of the outlet. While she’s known as an accomplished comedian, McDonald says that the shows this weekend in Minnesota are somewhat of a “thank you” for her loyal podcast listeners. “The reaction [to the podcast] has been the total surprise of my career,” she says. “I love knowing that people listen to it while they’re working out, doing data entry, or breastfeeding, and I’m really happy to have the chance to meet them in person.” Will Weldon features.