Michael Kosta's sophomore stand-up album brings more edge to observational wit

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 08:58 |

Before we get started, let’s get one thing straight: Michael Kosta’s new stand-up album, in his own words, “was written for, and designed to be enjoyed by, very attractive people,” and so by extension, this column was, too.

Don Friesen's Journey from Bankruptcy to the Spotlight

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 22 December 2014 16:54 |

Most college kids who get a fake ID use it for one thing, and one thing only: to obtain copious amounts of alcohol. Of course there is the occasional oddball who has ulterior motives, and comedian Don Friesen is one of them.

A Clashtick Christmas Celebrates Everyone's Holiday Quirks

Written by Anastasia Hauschild | Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:31 |

Christmas is a time of joy, peace, togetherness... and strange traditions. Every family has at least one quirk that would lead most of us to cower in the corner with confusion.

 

Mike Green Brings the Laughs with His (Mostly) Clean Humor

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 21 November 2014 11:12 |

If you need living proof you don't need a foul mouth to be funny, look no further than comedian Mike Green. Sure, he may not be quite as squeaky clean as when he first got onstage at age 14 to MC a church talent show and crack a few jokes, but he certainly drops far fewer f-bombs than most of his contemporaries.

LaughFest Announces 2015 Headliners

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 11 November 2014 08:18 |

LaughFest announced its 2015 headliners today, with more announcements to come as the festival draws near. Headlining LaughFest's fifth year is actor, late show host and comedian George Lopez. He will perform at DeVos Performance Hall March 15 at 8 p.m.

Lewis Black to Headline DeVos Performance Hall April 24

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 03 November 2014 11:11 |

Lewis Black's The Rant is Due tour was so successful in 2014 that he's doing it all over again. 

The Rant is Due: Part Deux (see what he did there?) kicks off in New York on Jan. 8 and comes to Grand Rapids April 24.

 

From Radio to the Stage: Roy Wood Jr.'s Journey to Stand-Up

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 24 October 2014 14:01 |

Most of the biggest comics out there are used to doing early morning on-air interviews on radio shows every once in a while. Comedian Roy Wood Jr., however, has been on both sides of the mic; not only as the interviewee, but also as radio host.

Comedy Tuesdays at Tip Top Deluxe Provides Platform for Up and Coming Grand Rapids Talent

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:49 |

Most comedians who've made it will tell you they all started their careers the same way: with a love for laughter and performances at many, many open mic nights. Josh Courtnay, local comic and creator of Comedy Tuesdays at the Tip Top Deluxe Bar, is no stranger to this concept. He has plenty of time under his belt in the Grand Rapids comedy scene and has spent countless hours curating and performing at open mic nights.

Kalamazoo Improv Fest to Bring the Laughs to Alamo Drafthouse

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:53 |

If you have a conversation with Dann Sytsma, one thing becomes apparent very quickly: the guy loves improv. Like, a lot. So much so he became the sole proprietor of Crawlspace Theatre Productions, a Kalamazoo-based production company focused on the art of improv.

"Sullivan & Son" Goes from the Small Screen to the Stage

Written by Peter Chhum | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:03 |

Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr. and Ahmed Ahmed have momentarily left the beer steins at the bar to embark on the "Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour."

 

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