Tagged comedy

AP Bio Succeeds on Its Minor Characters

The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has really started to take off over the last few years, going from an FXX show with a cult following to pop culture mainstays. Charlie Day has popped up in numerous movies, like Pacific Rim, Horrible Bosses, and The Lego Movie (and each of their sequels). Kaitlin Olson has guest-starred on many shows and headlines her own sitcom, The Mick. And Rob McElhenney has . . . been writing season 13? But, the newest project from an Always Sunny alum is AP...

The 50-Hour Die Laughing Comedy Marathon Is Back for Another Year of Fundraising

With 50 hours of multigenre comedy to sample, there’s something for everyone at Die Laughing, Minneapolis-based Fearless Comedy Productions’ annual fundraiser, which is back for a fifth year April 6–8, 2018. Acts include stand-up comedy, improv, musical performances, joke-offs, dance, educational content, live recordings of podcasts, and more. Fearless Comedy regulars and guest performers also participate in audience-funded challenges, punishments, and rewards. It’s the event of the year for many company members, who camp out at the venue and subsist on takeout...

Game Night Is a Winner

It takes daring for a movie to not only reference Taken 3 but mimic its climax. But Game Night is thankfully a comedy smart enough to know you can’t win by reference and raunchiness alone—this movie shows that it’s wiser to play by the rules for setting up a silly plot of twists, violence, and chaos instead of flipping over the board and hoping the audience will laugh at the mess. It helps that Game Night avoids the common...

In Fearless Five: Conspiracies, They Are Out to Get You—to Laugh

As soon as I walked in out of the frigid February night and saw the vintage Simplex film projector in the lobby of the Mounds Theatre, casually aimed at a signboard displaying a poster for A Klingon Christmas Carol, I thought I was in a pretty nifty theater. When I moved into the auditorium itself and saw the full-size TARDIS, door invitingly ajar, I knew that this was my kind of place. If you’re wondering whether I immediately ran...

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...
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