Comedy, Boobs and '90s Pop Culture: The Marvelous Life of Sarah Jean Anderson

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 21 October 2013 16:45 |

If you were to sit down for a casual conversation with comedienne Sarah Jean Anderson, you could easily expect to witness filthily absurd tangents filled with singing, dancing and countless '90s pop references, all probably within the first five minutes.

She is loud, crude and utterly endearing, and she uses these traits to create comedy and art that she hopes will ultimately have a positive impact on the world.

River City Improv Turns 20 and Invites Marc Evan Jackson Out to Play

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:18 |

Come this February, River City Improv will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and if you have yet to experience one of the troupe's sidesplitting improv sets, you best remedy that soon. Rick Truer, one of the founding members of the group, estimates that between its public shows and private event performances, RCI performs roughly 60-80 times per year, so there are plenty of chances to check it out.

Comedian Chad Daniels is No Stranger to Grand Rapids

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 26 August 2013 11:17 |

Chad Daniels is a comedian whose standup act is incredibly difficult to describe. One minute he'll be setting up intricate grammar jokes in a Dmetri Martin-esque fashion, then in the blink of an eye his subject matter switches to penis jokes and locker room fare.

Dan St. Germain: Sitting on a Pile of Skulls

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 26 July 2013 12:00 |

Dan St. Germain knows where a good Internet short can get a comedian and has spent time perfecting that art. As a result, his shorts have appeared on the front page of Funny or Die and his series "Kicking Dan Out" is featured on the My Damn Channel Comedy Network.

St. Germian puts all his efforts into writing, producing and acting in his shorts and readily dismisses the notion that just simply focusing on being creative will get the job done. “You can't do that in this day and age,” he said. 

New York Native Michael Che Makes the Comedy Rounds

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:20 |

When it comes to telling jokes, Michael Che feels honesty is the best policy.

Nate Bargatze: Patriot, Comedian and Son of a Clown

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:56 |

Most children grow up with parents whose professions are paradoxically mysterious and boring, with job titles such as "senior project engineer" or "regional manager." Nate Bargatze's dad, however, was in an entirely different league.

He was, quite literally, a clown... at least until he switched careers to world-renowned magician. None of this, however, ever phased Bargatze.

Erik Griffin's Comedy Melting Pot

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:02 |

Erik Griffin is a first-generation American, born to a mother from Central America and a father of European descent. Because of his genes, Griffin is what he refers to as "very racially ambiguous," a trait that has proven valuable in his comedy.

Mo Mandel Writes His Way to the Top

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:41 |

Mo Mandel recently sold three different sitcoms, is working on a movie script and is wowing audiences across the country with his crude, unpredictable humor. He's managed to do all of this by the ripe age of 30.

Finding the funny in West Michigan

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:05 |

Three years ago, Sarah Cavanaugh was a self-described "average West Michigan mom." She added "comedian" to her resume when coworkers encouraged her to sign up for a community comedy showcase during the inaugural year of the 10-day comedy festival LaughFest.

Garfunkel and Oates Create Comedy with a Melody

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:53 |

Folk-comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates started out with a series of lo-fi YouTube videos that Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome had created for the amusement of friends and family. Thousands of hits later, it became apparent the duo was on to something.

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