Group fitness classes muscle in on local craft brewery scene

It’s 10am on Saturday morning at Bauhaus Brew Labs and the place is already raging. Music is blaring, people are shouting, and roughly 25 smiling, sweaty people are shoulder-to-shoulder in the taproom. This is not the first stop on a Northeast Minneapolis brewery crawl (at least, not officially); it is a kettlebell fitness class. This … [ Read more]

5 local comedians to watch in 2017

There’s no doubt that 2016 was a weird year. But if there was one redeeming quality to our last revolution around the sun, it was the continued explosion of our local comedy scene. Many of the Twin Cities’ most popular and reliable comedians made the move towards national stardom, moving to Los Angeles and New … [ Read more]

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Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris reflects on film’s 25th anniversary

Whether it’s recent remakes of “Ghostbusters,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” or the 26th version of “Batman,” it can feel like there really aren’t “new” movie ideas coming out of Hollywood anymore. In fact, the remakes of great movies of the ‘80s and ‘90s have been remade so many times that at this point it’s hard to … [ Read more]

A look inside ‘The Hilarious World of Depression’

In the summer of 2015, American Public Media dropped the axe on John Moe when it canceled “Wits.” The celeb-and-music-focused variety show had become synonymous with Moe, and to watch it go by the wayside was sad and depressing both for fans as well as the host himself. Moe disappeared from the public eye for … [ Read more]

Sisyphus Brewing is going all in on comedy

After spending nearly three years as a performer on the local Twin Cities standup comedy scene, Sam Harriman came to the realization that making a living doing comedy wasn’t going to be easy, and decided to pursue a different passion: brewing. That led to the birth of Sisyphus Brewing, which has become a popular brewery … [ Read more]

The laugh of Lyle LaRue

Visit any comedy club in the Twin Cities on any given night, and you’ll hear dozens upon dozens of voices laughing in unison. But of all these laughs, there is one that stands out just a little bigger, louder, and more full of joy than any others. Lyle LaRue is a 42-year-old native of Central … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Maria Bamford

Mental hospitals, medications, people-pleasing tendencies, addiction, and recovery. Are you laughing yet? This may not seem like the standard formula for comedy, but Maria Bamford isn’t a standard comedian. She has managed to work these elements into a comedy career that has spanned nearly three decades. That’s why it should have come as no surprise … [ Read more]

Patton Oswalt on stand-up, Twitter beefs, and a ‘Mysterious’ reboot

Despite the fact that some standup comedians manage to become A-List mega-stars (e.g. Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Kevin Hart, etc.), the reality is that even the most well-known comics see their popularity plateau at some point. Patton Oswalt is one of the few comedians who has managed to avoid this trap. He’s done so by … [ Read more]

Kings of the Ring: Local professional wrestlers share their greatest war stories

It’s a brisk Saturday evening on First Avenue, and there are bodies lining the sidewalks, waiting to push their way into one of the bars and nightclubs. While the booming of music and people screaming is enough to cause sensory overload, there is something happening inside of Mill City Nights that is more insane than … [ Read more]

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Maria Bamford on coming home, ‘Lady Dynamite,’ & portrayals of mental illness

When you’ve had a career as long and successful as Maria Bamford, it can be difficult to choose a “best” year. That said, 2016 has likely been Maria Bamford’s best year in comedy. Her highly anticipated Netflix show, “Lady Dynamite,” premiered back in July and has already been picked up for a second season. The … [ Read more]

Kathy Griffin dishes celebrity dirt, offers tips for Pride newcomers

Kathy Griffin is used to having the biggest personality in the room. But during Pride weekend, even she knows that she has work cut out for her. “Doing Pride, I’m out there trying to compete with boys in thongs,” she says. “But that’s what makes gay audiences the best; you can’t shake them.” This week, … [ Read more]

More than just “Dad Jokes”

For Twin Cities comedy dads, fatherhood means learning to take things a little less seriously On March 28, Gabe Noah and his wife, Alison, welcomed their first child into the world. The next night, he was on stage in front of a room full of strangers, making jokes about what his life was like 48 … [ Read more]

Louie Anderson returns to the comedy spotlight by saying yes to a dress

With a career spanning more than 30 years in comedy, there isn’t much that Louie Anderson hasn’t accomplished. The St. Paul native has performed standup all over the world, taken up residency in Las Vegas, voiced an Emmy award-winning cartoon based on his own life, and even hosted Family Feud. But this past January, Anderson … [ Read more]

Nora McInerny Purmort laughs, cries, and changes diapers in the face of pain

There’s no other way to put it: Nora McInerny Purmort is a certified badass. The 33-year-old’s blog, My Husband’s Tumor, went viral due to the raw, touching insight it offered into the real life ups and downs of her husband’s battle with cancer and what life’s been like since he passed on November 25, 2014. … [ Read more]

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Unlocking the Riddle Room

The full-immersion escape game celebrates its anniversary with a larger space, new games Art Allen has spent the last year trapping people inside of a starship. Before that, it was a bunker. This Saturday, he’ll open a much larger space, allowing him to lure even more people into temporary captivity, giving them only one hour … [ Read more]