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Mac DeMarco cleaved on “The Eric Andre Show”

Jared Hemming
December 7, 2014

On a recent episode of Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show,” indie rock sweetheart Mac DeMarco became indie rock victim Attacked DeMarco when a gaggle of Asian warriors forced DeMarco’s...

Your average joke: Tommy Johnagin’s Midwestern comedic edge

Jared Hemming
November 4, 2014

Though stand-up comedian Tommy Johnagin’s career took off by the time he was 21, he didn’t escape the dreaded day job drudge. And of course, he worked those experiences into his act. “I...

Garfunkel and Oates to play Varsity Theatre

Jackie Renzetti
September 4, 2014

When Riki Lindhome first uploaded her whimsical duets with Kate Micucci to YouTube, she wasn’t expecting an audience larger than her parents. Needless to say, the pair didn’t foresee John Oates...

Arj Barker maintains a big presence on stage while exuding calmness.

A San Franciscan in Australia

Joe Kellen
July 23, 2014

Last week, comedian Arj Barker’s comedic side took a backseat to his inner romantic as he vacationed at his family’s northern California getaway. “It’s chilly, like, 55 degrees...

Corbett, Nelson and Murphy are just three guys havin' a good time. (Havin' a good time.)

RiffTrax takes Minneapolis out for a night at the movies

Joe Kellen
July 9, 2014

RiffTrax is, at its simplest, a group of friends trying to make each other laugh. Under the RiffTrax moniker, comedians Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy record MP3 commentaries that go...

Kumail Nanjiani's cunning wit comes from great work ethic.

Kumail Nanjiani to play Mill City Nights

Joe Kellen
June 18, 2014

When comedian Kumail Nanjiani moved to New York City, he decided he was only going to write material that was true to his actual experiences. Luckily for him, there were things like the pigeon man. “The...

Eddie Izzard is a political and comedic force to be reckoned with.

London’s Mayor Izzard?

Spencer Doar
June 11, 2014

With the likes of Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone before him, London has a malleable template for unconventional mayors. In 2020, comedian and actor Eddie Izzard hopes to continue the trend (and if that...

Paul F. Tompkins could be the best-dressed comic in this hemisphere.

Paul F. Tompkins: uncovering the story

Joe Kellen
May 28, 2014

Paul F. Tompkins scurried through his living room hanging pictures — hammer in one hand, box full of dishware in the other and phone cradled on his shoulder — a casual effort for the comedian. “We’ve...

Eugene Mirman's comedy is both crispy AND nutritional!

Pretty good comedy: Eugene Mirman prepares to tour U.S

Joe Kellen
May 8, 2014

During one fateful day in sixth grade, Eugene Mirman knew he was going to ace his book report. He hadn’t actually read the assigned novel — instead, the future comedian came into class and...

Comedian Lizz Winstead adds politically charged sass to her Minnesota nice.

Lizz Winstead: Political and present

Joe Kellen
April 24, 2014

A tired, half-bored Lizz Winstead sat in a bar on a blind date, watching the first Gulf War unfold on television. Before entering the unremarkable New York City establishment, the comedian and future co-creator...