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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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]

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]

Tickets still available: Sisyphus Comedy and Taste Of The Nation

Two events happening this weekend for your consideration: Ahmed Bharoocha at Sisyphus Brewing (Friday-Saturday) If you’ve never seen a comedy show at Sisyphus Brewing, then you’ve been missing out. The stage half of the Downtown West taproom has become one of the best comedy venues in town, and this weekend’s headliner should prove that without … [ Read more]

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]

Comedian Pete Lee retakes the stage to turn personal pain into laughs

Pete Lee has always been a pretty positive guy, and his comedy has reflected his sunny disposition. The Wisconsin native got his start on the same stage as many other comedians in the Minneapolis comedy scene: Acme Comedy Company. Lee has always stood out for his light-hearted approach to comedy (even when he talks about … [ Read more]

The Onion could soon be “La Cebolla”

The Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications announced today that it had acquired a large stake in The Onion, the comedy and satirical digital media group, reports The New York Times. Univision said the move is part of the company’s efforts to extend its digital reach and strengthen its portfolio of comedy outlets. Terms of the deal … [ Read more]

5 Minnesota comedians to watch in 2016

Every year, it seems like the number of talented stand-up comedians in the Twin Cities grows exponentially. From new, raw talent gaining buzz on the open mic scene, to regulars making the leap to headliner status, to locals exploding into the national spotlight, the Twin Cities comedy scene continues to up the ante in terms … [ Read more]

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St. Paul author dubbed the Funniest Writer in America

St. Paul writer Julie Schumacher was the first woman to win the Thurber Prize for American Humor on Monday, September 28. The award has been around for 18 years; past winners include Jon Stewart, Ian Frazier, and David Sedaris. Schumacher, a University of Minnesota professor, won the award for her novel “Dear Committee Members.” The book is a … [ Read more]

Comedian Andy Erikson stands tall

In August 2007, I wanted to be a stand-up comedian. I figured I was funny enough, as many naïve, overconfident first-timers do. I headed to Acme Comedy Company for its famed Monday open mic night, managed to get on the list along with a handful of other newcomers—Acme has always been accommodating to potentially untapped … [ Read more]

Jokes that Rock

Local comedy music gets its moment in the spotlight It takes an exceptional level of talent, dedication, and practice to be a great comedian. The same can be said for musicians. While thousands of people will try and fail at one or the other, a select few somehow manage to be great at both—and seamlessly … [ Read more]

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5 Minnesota Comedians to Watch in 2015

The Twin Cities are known for attracting the best stand-up comedy talent in the country. Every week, clubs from all over the area bring in top-notch headliners, who constantly mention Minnesota as one of their favorite places to perform. But most nights, comedy fans leave the club saying things like, “The headliner was good, but … [ Read more]

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