Minnesota’s little comedy festival-that-could is all grown up

Back in 2011, Minneapolis comedy vets Bob Edwards and Andy Erikson decided to showcase the thriving Minneapolis comedy scene with a small but mighty festival with about 15 comedians in the basement of the Corner Bar. Seven years later, The 10,000 Laughs Festival has grown into a four-day festival with nearly 60 performers, including some … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store: A world of surprises in one big yellow barn

On a regular Thursday afternoon in the town of Jordan, Minnesota, two young boys are standing in the middle of a giant yellow barn, surrounded by every kind of candy imaginable and having a very important debate. “Okay, if you could only get one, would you get a gummy snake or alien?” one boy asks. … [ Read more]

Todd Glass pushes back on the idea of PC culture ruining comedy

Todd Glass isn’t afraid to speak his mind. With a career spanning more than three decades, the comedian has performed all over the world, sharing his observations, insights, and absurdities with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. His most recent Netflix special was released in January to overwhelmingly positive reviews, and his podcast, “The Todd … [ Read more]

Live comedy show ‘Minnesota Tonight’ makes a joke out of local news

Who says the news can’t be funny? Now more than ever late night talk shows are platforms that are just as powerful as traditional news outlets. Whether it’s “The Daily Show,” “Last Week Tonight,” or “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” watching news commentary shows has become a way for many people to not only laugh … [ Read more]

Clear Water Comedy puts Eau Claire on the map for something other than Bon Iver

When you think of comedy towns, you probably think of New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. Oh, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, of course. Just past the Minnesota border, the small town best known for Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has been quietly making a name for itself as an up-and-coming comedy hub, led by a crew … [ Read more]

These 4 Minnesota comedians will have you laughing in 2018

Last year, we shared our picks for five Minnesota comedians on the cusp of doing big things both locally and nationally. Not to give ourselves too much credit, but we sort of nailed it. From Chloe Radcliffe being selected to perform at Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco “Comics to Watch” showcase during the New York Comedy Festival, … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: Joe Mande

Whether you realize it or not, chances are Joe Mande has made you laugh. You might recognize his face if you’re familiar with his stand-up (and if you aren’t, you should be) or acting, but the place where he’s really made a splash is behind the scenes as a writer for some of TV’s biggest … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: Baddies Comedy Co.

The best comedians will get as much stage time as possible. But for comedians Bruce Leroy Williams, Brandon Riddley, and Pierre Douglas, there just weren’t a ton of options. So they made their own stage. Recognizing that the traditional comedy clubs and open mics in the Twin Cities didn’t spotlight very many black and urban … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: John Moe of ‘Hilarious World of Depression’

In 2015, when the live comedy program “Wits” got the axe from American Public Media after a five-year run, fans were curious where creator and host John Moe might pop up next. He disappeared from the public eye for a while, before reemerging in December 2016 with a new podcast that aimed to tackle the … [ Read more]

Comedian Mike Brody gets fresh with new album release and local shows

Comedian Mike Brody spent 2017 refreshing his material and, in a sense, himself. Since releasing his debut comedy album nearly five years ago and logging countless hours on stage in clubs all over the country, the veteran of the comedy game since 2000 had yet to record anything new. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ padding=”10″ background_color=”#ffffff” … [ Read more]

Inside the Mind of a Puzzle Master

New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz stretches and stimulates brains one clue at a time No matter who you are or what you are interested in, chances are good that at some point in your life, you’ve done a crossword puzzle. Whether you enjoy flexing some nearly forgotten grade school education, prefer mind-bending word … [ Read more]

Beating cancer one mile at a time: How cycling is helping Chris Gibbs in his fight against colon cancer

Now matter how hard you try to take care of yourself, sometimes life has other plans. Chris Gibbs learned this the hard way this past May, when the 45-year-old cyclist was diagnosed with colon cancer. “I didn’t see it coming,” Gibbs says of his diagnosis. “You try and do the right things [for your health] … [ Read more]

Capturing the science (and magic) of Pixar at Science Museum of Minnesota

Remember the first time you watched Buzz Lightyear fly “to infinity, and beyond?” How about the feeling you got when Dory told Nemo, “Just keep swimming?” Or how your jaw dropped when Lightning McQueen came speeding across your screen? This summer, you can get a glimpse into the science, engineering, filmmaking, and imagination it took … [ Read more]

Krav Maga on Bicycles

From the battlefields of Israel to the bike paths of Minneapolis, a team of self-defense instructors are teaching cyclists to protect themselves Gail Boxrud began thinking about the need for self defense while working as a journalist in Alaska. “I covered the police and crime beat, and found myself in some scary situations,” she says. … [ Read more]

The Cactus Blossoms take an eerie trip into the world of ‘Twin Peaks’

It’s fitting that the song, “Mississippi,” from local folk duo The Cactus Blossoms’ 2016 album, “You’re Dreaming,” recently received a second life thanks to a television show that thrives on horror, murder, and mystery. The duo and their song were recently featured on third episode of the newly revived “Twin Peaks.” “It happened because of luck,” … [ Read more]