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. In January, determined to get himself back on track, … [ 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]

Urban comedy takes center stage in Twin Cities

On a Friday night in St. Paul, the newest comedy club in town, Baddie’s Comedy Co., is packed to capacity. On stage, comedian KJay is absolutely destroying, and the laughter is so loud that you’d think there were well over 130 people inside. Since opening back in February of this year, Baddie’s has created a … [ Read more]

Bank robbers, prostitutes, and gang members share stories for a new podcast with comedian Gabe Noah

A bank robber, a male prostitute, and a gang member sit down with a comedian and share their most insane and personal stories. This isn’t a joke; it’s a new podcast that launched earlier this month. Local comedy standout Gabe Noah’s “Profession Confession” podcast is exactly what it sounds like. Each episode, Noah finds people … [ Read more]

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]