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Minneapolis’s LGBT Redneck Amanda Costner Talks Surf Ninjas, Garth Brooks, and Redneck Repurposing

On a recent Saturday night, I found myself in the basement of Spring Street Tavern at Comedy Club Underground, waiting for the show to start. Amanda Costner, also known as LGBT Redneck, was hosting a live comedy show to celebrate the release of her first album. Free album download cards were scattered across the tables, and the crowd was markedly different from what you might expect at a comedy show: predominantly female and over 20. Amanda’s friends promptly kicked...

MST3K Revival Head Writer Elliott Kalan Talks Making the Leap from Superfan to Creator

In the not too distant future (April 14, 2017, by all accounts) and somewhere in time and space (Netflix), cheesy-movie juggernaut Mystery Science Theater 3000 will return to the small screen. MST3K, created right here in Minnesota by Joel Hodgson, has amassed legions of fans—myself included—since it first premiered in 1988, and anticipation is high for the revival. I reached out to Elliott Kalan, head writer for the new series, to talk about the show. Kalan was previously known...

Vilification Tennis Takes on the War on Christmas

Yule Regret This: The Vilification Tennis War on Christmas, the insult-battle group’s November 26 holiday special at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, was disturbingly comical. If you haven’t heard of Vilification Tennis—who have appeared at CONvergence, Transvestite Soup’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, and other events in addition to their own dedicated performances—you owe it yourself to catch one of their shows. Their usual fare is not the family-friendly version you may have seen at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. At Yule Regret This,...

#PodGoals: The Worst Idea of All Time

#PodGoals is an in-depth examination of outstanding podcasts from the world of geek and pop-culture entertainment. I listen so you don’t have to . . . then I tell you how amazing they are and that you should listen anyway. Grown Ups 2 (2013), Adam Sandler’s teetering monument to mediocrity and fart jokes, has been called many things by critics. “Lazy” and “pointless” are what they say when they’re trying to be magnanimous. “Desperate,” “slothful,” “indulgent,” “sexist,” and “abrasive”...

Hard Wired is a Comedic Tale of Crossed Signals

Hard Wired is a tale about how technology brings people together in the digital age, even if they can’t stand each other in the analog world. In it, Noel (played by Spencer Faust) and Jesse (Matt Alex) have just had a bad break up and they’re both getting on with life as well as you’d expect. Jesse takes the sanguine approach, his heart on his sleeve as he spirals deep into a cyclone of abandonment issues. Noel withdraws, goes...

MN Fringe 2015: Everybody Wants You to Live

The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival runs Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 9, and features nearly 175 theater, dance, and other experimental performances. All shows are 60 minutes or shorter and are being hosted at 25 venues throughout Minneapolis. On a summer night disgusting enough to (almost) make me wish for the frigid Minnesota winter, I climbed the steps of the Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota to watch Everybody Wants You to Live, one of the selections...

Welcome to the Endearing Cult Comedy That is Count Arthur Strong

Never have I ever watched a sitcom and gone, “Golly, I sure do love the laugh track with the show!” Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot stand laugh tracks—I think they are the bane to all good comedies. But, believe it or not, the little British sitcom Count Arthur Strong is improved by it. I actually laugh during it. Yes, I audibly giggled with the laugh track. Not only that, the show is utterly adorable. I’m sure a...

Jenny Bandage vs the Unpronounceable A.K.R.O.N.Y.M. is a Family-friendly blend of Social Satire and Innocent Silliness

Last weekend, Fearless Comedy Productions presented their second original comedy production, Jenny Bandage vs the Unpronounceable A.K.R.O.N.Y.M. at the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis. In it, the titular scientist/secret agent (played by Dawn Krosnowski) matches wits with her arch-nemesis Professor A.K.R.O.N.Y.M. (John Kunik) in a globe-spanning quest to save the world from ignorance and super villainy. In a story liberally peppered with geek jokes and social commentary, Bandage is on a mission to save her sidekick and stop her...

50 Straight Hours of Comedy Right Here in Minnesota for Die Laughing 2: Laugh Harder

A truly unique event is happening this weekend here in the Twin Cities. It is a marathon—spanning 50 solid hours—of live comedy, put on by local group Fearless Comedy Productions, and featuring some of the best, freshest, and funniest performers in the Minnesota comedy scene. This is only the second year that Fearless Comedy Productions has held their annual fundraiser, so don’t fret if you haven’t heard of it before now! I had a chance to speak with Jena Young,...

Comedy Spotlight: Kings at HUGE Theater, Minneapolis

When I walked into HUGE Improv Theater to see Hannah Wydeven’s new 9:30 Friday-night show, Kings, all I knew was that it boasted an all-star improv comedy cast and that it was playing at a nonprofit theater in Uptown that consistently sold out its shows. Wydeven, of Show X, a five-year-long-running show in the Twin Cities, has forged a reputation for herself as a force to be reckoned with onstage. It was no surprise, then, as I waited in the...
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