Comedian Robert Baril on Russia, dating a grandma, and his new album “TMI”

For Robert Baril, there is no such thing as TMI. The Twin Cities comedy veteran has been one of the busiest and most consistent performers over the course of the past decade. Whether he’s talking about his personal life (he’s currently engaged to a grandmother, which is the premise of one of his more popular … [ Read more]

Comedy in Reverse: Kevin Farley brings a big name from the screen to the stage

Getting on stage to perform comedy with the last name “Farley” can carry some pretty lofty expectations. Nobody knows this better than Kevin Farley, the younger brother of Chris. This weekend, Farley will make his way to the Twin Cities metro for three nights of stand-up shows through the towns of Maple Grove, Loretto, and … [ Read more]

Fanning the Flames: Minneapolis Fire Collective Creates Connections and Burns Down Barriers

Photos by Marla Klein What started as a hobby for Amy Bloss—aka “Fire Mama”—has transformed into a massive fire community in Minneapolis. Today, Bloss is the executive director of the Minneapolis Fire Collective (MFC), an organization that offers fire performances, classes, and events. The group started back in 2008 with just 12 members and was … [ Read more]

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Ci Ci and Khadijah Cooper find their own paths in Twin Cities comedy

Working with family can be a tricky thing. Personalities clash, relationships outside of work boil into the workplace, and next thing you know you’re in the middle of a 20-year standoff over something that no one can remember. Fortunately for comedians Ci Ci and Khadijah Cooper, their place of business is big enough for the … [ Read more]

Laughing with the Lord: Church comedy finds the light in Minnesota

There are some places you just aren’t supposed to laugh: funerals, weddings, baptisms—to name a few. What do they all have in common? They all take place within the hallowed walls of churches. To many people, church is just not funny. But some performers, like Joseph “Juice” Sutton, are changing that opinion one congregation at … [ Read more]

Chad Daniels talks about his new hip and the smell of comedy history

We’re only a couple of months into 2019, and Chad Daniels has already had a busy year. The Fergus Falls native and long-time comedian—and favorite of Acme Comedy Company—has been headlining clubs all over the country, is getting ready to release a new TV special, and is raising his two teenage children. He also just got a … [ Read more]

5 Minnesota Comics to Watch in 2019

Between the internet, Netflix, and HILARIOUS co-workers, it can often feel like comedy is all around. Which is literally the case in the Twin Cities. Each year, the comedy scene here continues to expand with more stages, bigger crowds, and new, talented performers. While there are comedy shows and comics for pretty much any taste, … [ Read more]

Laughing with Louis Lee: The man behind the curtain at Acme Comedy Co.

From Robin Williams to Mitch Hedberg, Daniel Tosh to Maria Bamford, the list of legendary names that have stepped on stage at Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis reads like a comedy hall of fame. But the most influential person in the club’s 27-year run has never been on stage and doesn’t tell jokes. Acme owner … [ Read more]

From immigration to kidnappings, Ali Sultan’s ‘Stories with my Muslim Mom’ is the surprise podcast of 2018

Ali Sultan is one of the smartest, funniest, and most genuinely likeable comedians in the Twin Cities right now. And he clearly got it from his mom. As a stand-up, Sultan has been having an incredible year. After making his television debut on Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City” in 2017, he has followed up … [ Read more]

WWE legend Jake ‘The Snake’ returns…with stories

When people think about the glory days of professional wrestling, they think about guys like Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, and Andre the Giant. While those three (and others like them) may have had larger-than-life personas, there was one superstar who was better than anyone when it came to telling a story with his words … [ Read more]

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]