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Live review: Nick Swardson

By | April 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm | No comments

Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI – 4/4 If there’s one sure-fire way to get a room full of frat boys to crack up, it would be to play a Dane Cook CD. If there’s one sure-fire way to get a room full of frat boys who are majoring in philosophy and accompanied by their field...

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Live review: Stella in Ann Arbor, MI

By | December 9, 2008 at 2:16 pm | No comments

Dec. 6 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI Their short-lived Comedy Central TV show may be forever doomed as a footnote to a footnote in pop cultural history, but Stella’s resourceful, comedic towel has yet to be thrown in. The infamous comedy troupe – comprised of Michael...

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Elvira Kurt: Canuck of all trades

By | September 1, 2008 at 9:11 am | No comments

It’s hard to find a comedian quite like Elvira Kurt. Perhaps best known in the States for her painfully hilarious insights about growing up as the gay daughter of Hungarian immigrants in her native Toronto, she is also a seasoned television personality with a unique knack for...

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Margaret Cho: Reality strikes

By | August 18, 2008 at 2:27 am | 4 comments

Margaret Cho is, quite simply, a living icon of the stand-up comedy world. More than a comedian and entertainer, the San Francisco native is a strong-voiced activist for womens' rights and the rights of gays and lesbians. And now the power she wields will only grow as her new...

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Doug Williams: Standing up for comedy

By | July 23, 2008 at 9:07 am | 7 comments

With the success of the third season of Starz' First Amendment Stand-up, produced by Martin Lawrence, show host and veteran comedian Doug Williams is on the verge of a career breakthrough. For the past eight years, the country has been steeped in military quagmires, a flailing...

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Michael Ian Black: My Custom Van

By | July 14, 2008 at 1:01 am | No comments

So, really, just who is the real Michael Ian Black? What sort of conversation might you expect to get were you to encounter him, one on one? Does he have a favorite color, and if so, is it green? (They say geniuses pick green). It’s hard to say, seeing as how Black is the kind...

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Maysoon Zayid: Comedian without borders

By | May 26, 2008 at 1:52 am | One comment

Comedian Maysoon Zayid knows no borders. Onstage, her jokes find their way into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, her traditional Palestinian father and the facts that she's Muslim, has cerebral palsy and is still a virgin in her early 30s. Offstage, she spends time in the West...

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My first time: revenge, and a dream comes true thanks to stand-up comedy

By | April 2, 2008 at 4:12 am | No comments

It wasn’t the endless hours of Comedy Central worship that inspired it. It wasn’t the constant encouragement, or the idolization of all things comedy; it wasn’t even the overdue enactment of a lifelong dream come true. No,...

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Jon Reep: More Wilco, less Toby Keith

By | March 3, 2008 at 3:53 am | 2 comments

Last Comic Standing winner Jon Reep has made a name for himself as the high-energy, lovable hillbilly from North Carolina. But as you'll soon discover, the comedian embraces all collars, not just the blue kind. Though his name is not exactly household yet, you've no doubt...

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