St. Paul author dubbed the Funniest Writer in America

St. Paul writer Julie Schumacher was the first woman to win the Thurber Prize for American Humor on Monday, September 28. The award has been around for 18 years; past winners include Jon Stewart, Ian Frazier, and David Sedaris. Schumacher, a University of Minnesota professor, won the award for her novel “Dear Committee Members.” The book is a … [ Read more]

Comedian Andy Erikson stands tall

In August 2007, I wanted to be a stand-up comedian. I figured I was funny enough, as many naïve, overconfident first-timers do. I headed to Acme Comedy Company for its famed Monday open mic night, managed to get on the list along with a handful of other newcomers—Acme has always been accommodating to potentially untapped … [ Read more]

Jokes that Rock

Local comedy music gets its moment in the spotlight It takes an exceptional level of talent, dedication, and practice to be a great comedian. The same can be said for musicians. While thousands of people will try and fail at one or the other, a select few somehow manage to be great at both—and seamlessly … [ Read more]

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5 Minnesota Comedians to Watch in 2015

The Twin Cities are known for attracting the best stand-up comedy talent in the country. Every week, clubs from all over the area bring in top-notch headliners, who constantly mention Minnesota as one of their favorite places to perform. But most nights, comedy fans leave the club saying things like, “The headliner was good, but … [ Read more]

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Remembering Comedian and Actor Gus Lynch

Last week, the Twin Cities comedy community lost one of its most talented up-and-coming performers when Gus Lynch passed away while on vacation with his family in Mexico. Officially, his cause of death was cardiac arrest that took place following injuries sustained while walking among ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. However, as his friend and … [ Read more]

Comedy vs. “The Man”: How a Minnesotan comedy club fought City Hall and won

On any given evening, it’s easy to find amazing comedy in bars, restaurants, and taprooms all over Minneapolis. Whether it’s the Monday Night Comedy Show at Spring Street Tavern, open mic night at Campus Pizza on Wednesdays, or the recently launched Comedy Night at Sisyphus Brewing, the wealth of options for live comedy is one … [ Read more]

Flock of Turkeys: How a group of Minnesota comedians is taking flight

Comedy super group combines stand-up, video sketches to form seven-headed monster.  What do the world’s worst erotic novelist, a ranch dressing–obsessed diner, and a wildly inappropriate therapist all have in common? They’re all characters in the bizarre world of The Turkeys. Comprised of long-time Twin Cities comedy staples Gabe Noah, Isaac Witty, Gus Lynch, Chris … [ Read more]