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Vice President of the Comedy Club Caroline Skoog performs a standup bit at the Comedy Corner Underground on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Meet the UMN Comedy Club: Quirky people, stretchy shirts and tiny hands

Ksenia Gorinshteyn
October 11, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Comedy Club shares a rare form of art appreciation with the campus community: laughing so hard that you forget it’s only Wednesday night.  The Comedy Club is a student...

Members of Ladybrain Sketch Comedy perform a sketch about the male gaze and the

Using their Ladybrains: a UMN alumnae-founded comedy group breaks comedy norms

Maddy Folstein
June 6, 2018

As women comedians in the Twin Cities, University of Minnesota alumnae Gabby VandenAvond and Amie Durenberger faced enough frustration working in male-dominated writer's rooms.  “I think women are...

Steven Kreager and Andrew Friedman perform a skit as part of the

University students launch weekly comedy showcase

Maddy Folstein
November 2, 2017

Although the Minneapolis comedy scene spans an array of stand-up venues, University of Minnesota students Kate McCarthy and Nick Saxton and University graduate Andrew Friedman found a gap in the comedy...

Comedian and former SNL cast member, Vanessa Bayer, performed her stand-up routine at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The tragic punchline victim in this year’s homecoming comedy show? Communication studies.

Kate Drakulic
October 23, 2017

Saturday Night Live star Vanessa Bayer and local Minneapolis comedian Brandi Brown brought hundreds to Ted Mann Concert Hall for a two-hour comedy show Tuesday night. Organized by Student Unions and Activities,...

Left Improv actors Hannah, and Taha perform an act based on a audiences annoyance with her phone not updating Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The rest is still unscripted: Minneapolis’ distinct improv comedy scene

Katie Lauer
June 22, 2017

Long form improv is not “ComedySportz,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” or “Saturday Night Live.”The style moves away from games and skits, and features shows of multiple unscripted scenes, created...

Culture compass: Concerts, craft beer and comedy

Katie Lauer
March 30, 2017

Friday: Lizzo in ConcertThere is little doubt that Minneapolis-based vocal powerhouse Lizzo will bring down the club Friday. Her 2016 EP “Coconut Oil,” is full of gospel soul and electronic club bangers,...

Comedian Hasan Minhaj will headline Al-Madinah Cultural Center's Comedy Night on Sunday.

UMN’s Al-Madinah hosts Comedy Night to raise awareness, raise laughs

Maddy Folstein
March 29, 2017

Spreading awareness is sometimes best done through humor. To prove this, the University of Minnesota’s Al-Madinah Cultural Center is hosting its annual comedy night as the kick-off event for Islam Awareness...

Comic book writer Eliot Rahal poses in his office in front of his published comic books at his home in Minneapolis on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.

Comic book writer Eliot Rahal starts new hybrid stand-up comedy show

Joe Cristo
December 1, 2016

Comic book giants like Marvel and DC no longer supply a fringe hobby for a youth subculture.Instead, connoisseurs are turning to the flourishing independent comic book market, and writer Eliot Rahal is...

Local comedian and host of

A sucker for silly

Austen Macalus
May 3, 2016

On stage, Maggie Faris dons an old-school cabbie driver hat, circular owl-framed glasses and a fun-loving attitude. She’s the same in person.      In a typical set, Faris may talk...