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Skoog: Credits, connections and competition (or how to get away with sexual misconduct in the Minneapolis comedy scene)

Skoog: Credits, connections and competition (or how to get away with sexual misconduct in the Minneapolis comedy scene)

Caroline Skoog

July 9, 2020

Content warning: sexual misconduct, harassment Yelling jokes at indifferent Tinder dates who are just trying to enjoy a drink at the bar is unfortunately a skill that takes years to develop. When I started stand-up in 2016 as a first-year college student, I was not good. No first-timer is. I was lucky to...

UMN multimedia sketch comedy crew finds humor in staying home

<p>Censorquip members Jack Callahan, Alison Davis, Claire Nelson<br>
Carter Starkey, Genevieve Krause, Clare Graney-Dolan, and Claire Farnham, from top left, meet virtually to discuss their upcoming show, As Seen on TV on Sunday, June 21.</p>

Nina Raemont

June 26, 2020

No generation knows how to find the humor in horrible situations quite like Gen Z. And Censorquip, the University of Minnesota’s newest multimedia sketch comedy group that began producing sketches during the first few months of the pandemic, knows this best. With their third sketch comedy show pre...

Mixing comedy with magic, students step up to the mic

Magician open mic night, held at the Comedy Corner Underground on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Meg Bishop

March 5, 2020

If you saw someone wearing a black cape, pulling a bunny out of a hat while uttering “abracadabra,” you’d know straight away that they were a magician.  Noah Sonie sported a hoodie and jeans, but brought enough tricks and gimmicks to make an audience erupt in applause. Sonie is just one amat...

A&E’s Twin Cities Pride Guide

<p>Natalie Deeble and daughter Saniya watch as the Pride Parade marches down Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis on June 24, 2018.</p>

Becca Most

June 18, 2019

As Pride month comes to a close, what better way to celebrate the LGBTQ community than to attend events that highlight (and financially support) local queer artists in the Twin Cities? Here’s A&E’s guide to a handful of events happening this week. Tuesday: Queer Voices literature night Since i...

Ricky Lagoon croons his tunes

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

April 29, 2019

If ‘60s big band music and satirical masculinity is your thing, Ricky Lagoon will make you swoon.  For one night only, the comedy concert “Ricky Lagoon: He Croons!” will include classic swing and jazz tunes with never before heard jokes, performed for the first and last time at the Cedar Cul...

Embrace the Pundamonium

Becca Most

March 26, 2019

Pun-lovers and word-enthusiasts crowded the basement of The Spring Street Tavern on Wednesday night, clumping together near the stage.  Many had arrived early, desperate to sign their name for a slot to compete. Others, knowing every table would be full, were sure to grab enough chairs for their...

Bringing comedy theater center stage … allegedly

The cast of

Becca Most

February 25, 2019

Riddled with countless bags of Funyuns and molting feather hats, An Alleged Theatre Company brought the renowned Greek play "The Birds" into the 21st century last weekend, but with their own twist. As audience members filed into the snug Phoenix Theater, Danylo Loutchko and Jake Mierva got ready to ...

Local comedy group is no fool’s errand (although their name may suggest otherwise)

<p>The illustration is based on the work of Shannon Rahkola.</p>

Becca Most

February 18, 2019

The Purple Onion Cafe was buzzing Friday night as students squeezed into the back corner of the restaurant, craning their necks for a glimpse of the makeshift stage.  Over the course of the night, Fool's Errand took their comedy variety show audience on a ride, their skit settings venturing from a ho...

Culture compass: Cat meditation, local music and “You”

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

January 24, 2019

Friday: Fool’s Errand Comedy Variety Show Back with another variety show, Fool’s Errand will provide the Purple Onion crowd with some jokes and tunes for the first Friday night of the semester. The show includes improv, stand-up and music from The Enchantments. It’s the perfect opportunity to get those...

‘Noises Off’ finds comedy in chaos

Noises Off is running until Dec. 16 at the Guthrie Theater.

Liv Martin

November 5, 2018

“Noises Off,” which performed this week at Guthrie Theater, is not an average play – it is a play within a play. The acclaimed 1982 comedy, written by Michael Frayn, comments on how the drama of putting together a theater production can sometimes be funnier than the performance itself. “Noises Off” te...