Post-quarantine Comedy: Comedy clubs adapt to provide laughs

Just a few short weeks after being told comedy clubs could open once again, Khadijah Cooper was onstage in front of a sold-out crowd at The Comedy Corner Underground. But it didn’t quite look the same as it used to. “The room seats like 70, so the new capacity is like 30,” she explains of … [ Read more]

Dubh Linn Brew Pub helps Duluth, Minn. stake its claim as Comedy Capital of The North

By now you may have heard that the Twin Cities comedy scene is a pretty big deal these days. But north of Minneapolis, Dubh Linn Brew Pub has been the epicenter of comedy in Duluth for nearly 10 years. Brothers Mike and Seth Maxim were born and raised in Duluth and opened the pub over … [ Read more]

5 Comedians to Watch in 2020

  Whether it’s the best amateurs competing in Acme’s Funniest Person Contest every summer, Ali Sultan’s People of Comedy showcase at Sisyphus Brewing putting the spotlight on comedians of color, the Big Fat Comedy Hour at Lush offering up a “Virgin Sacrifice,” or just a newcomer stepping up at an open mic, the next great breakout comedian … [ Read more]

Face Time: LGBTQ pro wrestlers are shaking off old stigmas and changing the game

On a Saturday night at a F1RST Wrestling show at the Uptown VFW, 20-year-old Devon Monroe is going toe-to-toe with arguably the biggest name in independent professional wrestling: Joey Ryan. Monroe, who is openly, proudly gay, is sporting flashy rainbow hologram tights, and flying around the ring like a seasoned veteran, while the crowd is … [ Read more]

Comedian Adrian Washington puts St. Cloud (and himself) on the comedy map

Adrian Washington’s start in stand-up comedy was less than ordinary. While some aspiring comics are scratching and clawing their way for a few brief minutes of stage time at a local open mic, Washington managed to talk his way onto the stage. “I remember one night I was at First Street Station in St. Cloud, … [ Read more]

Comedian Robert Baril on Russia, dating a grandma, and his new album “TMI”

For Robert Baril, there is no such thing as TMI. The Twin Cities comedy veteran has been one of the busiest and most consistent performers over the course of the past decade. Whether he’s talking about his personal life (he’s currently engaged to a grandmother, which is the premise of one of his more popular … [ Read more]

Comedy in Reverse: Kevin Farley brings a big name from the screen to the stage

Getting on stage to perform comedy with the last name “Farley” can carry some pretty lofty expectations. Nobody knows this better than Kevin Farley, the younger brother of Chris. This weekend, Farley will make his way to the Twin Cities metro for three nights of stand-up shows through the towns of Maple Grove, Loretto, and … [ Read more]

Fanning the Flames: Minneapolis Fire Collective Creates Connections and Burns Down Barriers

Photos by Marla Klein What started as a hobby for Amy Bloss—aka “Fire Mama”—has transformed into a massive fire community in Minneapolis. Today, Bloss is the executive director of the Minneapolis Fire Collective (MFC), an organization that offers fire performances, classes, and events. The group started back in 2008 with just 12 members and was … [ Read more]

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Ci Ci and Khadijah Cooper find their own paths in Twin Cities comedy

Working with family can be a tricky thing. Personalities clash, relationships outside of work boil into the workplace, and next thing you know you’re in the middle of a 20-year standoff over something that no one can remember. Fortunately for comedians Ci Ci and Khadijah Cooper, their place of business is big enough for the … [ Read more]

Laughing with the Lord: Church comedy finds the light in Minnesota

There are some places you just aren’t supposed to laugh: funerals, weddings, baptisms—to name a few. What do they all have in common? They all take place within the hallowed walls of churches. To many people, church is just not funny. But some performers, like Joseph “Juice” Sutton, are changing that opinion one congregation at … [ Read more]

Chad Daniels talks about his new hip and the smell of comedy history

We’re only a couple of months into 2019, and Chad Daniels has already had a busy year. The Fergus Falls native and long-time comedian—and favorite of Acme Comedy Company—has been headlining clubs all over the country, is getting ready to release a new TV special, and is raising his two teenage children. He also just got a … [ Read more]

5 Minnesota Comics to Watch in 2019

Between the internet, Netflix, and HILARIOUS co-workers, it can often feel like comedy is all around. Which is literally the case in the Twin Cities. Each year, the comedy scene here continues to expand with more stages, bigger crowds, and new, talented performers. While there are comedy shows and comics for pretty much any taste, … [ Read more]

Laughing with Louis Lee: The man behind the curtain at Acme Comedy Co.

From Robin Williams to Mitch Hedberg, Daniel Tosh to Maria Bamford, the list of legendary names that have stepped on stage at Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis reads like a comedy hall of fame. But the most influential person in the club’s 27-year run has never been on stage and doesn’t tell jokes. Acme owner … [ Read more]

From immigration to kidnappings, Ali Sultan’s ‘Stories with my Muslim Mom’ is the surprise podcast of 2018

Ali Sultan is one of the smartest, funniest, and most genuinely likeable comedians in the Twin Cities right now. And he clearly got it from his mom. As a stand-up, Sultan has been having an incredible year. After making his television debut on Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City” in 2017, he has followed up … [ Read more]

WWE legend Jake ‘The Snake’ returns…with stories

When people think about the glory days of professional wrestling, they think about guys like Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, and Andre the Giant. While those three (and others like them) may have had larger-than-life personas, there was one superstar who was better than anyone when it came to telling a story with his words … [ Read more]