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Ben Roy’s ‘No Enlightenment in Sobriety’ is motivational misery, salve for misanthropic minds (Review)

Ben Roy’s ‘No Enlightenment in Sobriety’ is motivational misery, salve for misanthropic minds (Review)

By | April 13, 2014 at 11:37 am | No comments

If you follow modern stand-up comedy even casually, youʼre probably aware that booze and drugs arenʼt celebrated today like they once were. Humor superstars like Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron and Russell Brand have all become disciples of sobriety, bemoaning their dark years...

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‘Impractical Jokers’ comedy crew The Tenderloins kill at Gilda’s LaughFest

‘Impractical Jokers’ comedy crew The Tenderloins kill at Gilda’s LaughFest

By | March 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm | One comment

GRAND RAPIDS -- Things you don't see in a church: an extreme close-up photograph of someone's left testicle projected onto a giant screen, a video of a man eating dog shit and 1,500 people watching with rapt attention to both. That is, unless it's day nine of Gilda's LaughFest...

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Jason Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ is a cringeworthy delight (Review)

Jason Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ is a cringeworthy delight (Review)

By | March 22, 2014 at 9:55 am | No comments

Jason Bateman, of his directorial debut, Bad Words, offers this gentle caveat: “This movie isn’t for everyone.” Screened recently at Austin’s South by Southwest festival to a packed auditorium, the film does resist easy consumption. The story centers on a cynical...

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Chris Tucker talks tax problems, Michael Jackson and more at Gilda’s LaughFest

Chris Tucker talks tax problems, Michael Jackson and more at Gilda’s LaughFest

By | March 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm | One comment

GRAND RAPIDS -- Ever since news broke in 2009 that he owed the government a few million in back taxes, comedian Chris Tucker unfortunately became a constant presence on TMZ instead of on the big screen or on stand-up stages. In 2007 he starred in the third and what would become...

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Kevin Bozeman gives Gilda’s LaughFest an education in comedy

Kevin Bozeman gives Gilda’s LaughFest an education in comedy

By | March 15, 2014 at 10:15 am | One comment

GRAND RAPIDS -- If you haven’t heard of Kevin Bozeman yet, you will. The 14-year comedy vet is close to releasing his third album and was a huge highlight of this year’s Gilda's LaughFest. One of the many events throughout these 10 days of comedy festivities was an...

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SXSW Comedy, day 1: Seth Meyers reveals news on Stefon, Matt Besser leads Improv 4 Humans

SXSW Comedy, day 1: Seth Meyers reveals news on Stefon, Matt Besser leads Improv 4 Humans

By | March 10, 2014 at 10:29 am | No comments

AUSTIN – South by Southwest 2014 kicked off to… rain. And cold. Apparently the polar vortex gods do not discriminate between the great white north and the usually milder environs of Texas, to the chagrin of every SX patron trying to escape winter on March 8. One of those...

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Jackie Kashian: This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux (Review)

Jackie Kashian: This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux (Review)

By | March 5, 2014 at 11:24 am | No comments

Jackie Kashian opens her new hour-long stand-up special, This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux, with the promise to kill. And by now, it’s safe to say that any Harry Potter-heads among our readership have probably perked up instantly at the mention of the H-word. Wands at the...

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Keith and the Girl release The Ultimate Podcasting Guide (Review)

Keith and the Girl release The Ultimate Podcasting Guide (Review)

By | January 31, 2014 at 11:15 am | 4 comments

Podcasts are the blogs of 2014. Everyone and their mother's hairdresser seem to have one and advertisers are scrambling to get their products a personalized plug by both big name stars and up-and-coming shows. The only thing that seems to stop most people from starting their own...

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Comedian Brent Weinbach proves the most iron of all Iron Comics at SF Sketchfest

Comedian Brent Weinbach proves the most iron of all Iron Comics at SF Sketchfest

By | January 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm | 3 comments

SAN FRANCISCO – In the end, the audience at Cobb’s Comedy Club gleefully selected the understated, absurdist humor of Brent Weinbach as the winner of Iron Comic last night. So, what does that mean, exactly? Well, for one, it means Weinbach has skills well beyond slinging...

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