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Hal Sparks' Job Description: Everything

Written by Tyler DeJong | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:00 |

He's not a stand-up comic, but sometimes he tells jokes. Nor is he a musician, but sometimes he plays rock music in front of people.

Not an actor, but he pretends to be someone he isn't. Hal Sparks is an artist, an emissary of human emotion, and these are some things that he does.

TJ Miller Battles Hecklers, Comes to Grand Rapids This Month

Written by Josh deLacy | Monday, 26 March 2012 15:41 |

A heckler in Atlanta once punched TJ Miller in the face. During another stand-up show in Myrtle Beach, a woman slapped her watch and shouted, "You got 15 minutes to say something funny!"

But despite these occasional abuses from his audiences, TJ Miller is devoted to comedy. When he isn't performing stand-up in L.A.'s comedy clubs, he is touring or filming or producing some other form of humor.

Rodney Carrington: Comedy in a cowboy hat

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:08 |

Rodney Carrington says there is only one thing he has yet to accomplish during his long and fruitful career as a comedian. "Quit — that's pretty much the only thing I haven't done," Carrington said.

River City Improv Keeps Moving

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:06 |

The shelf life for a local improv team is nine months to a year. Apparently, River City Improv is not your average team. Comprised completely of Calvin College alum, the Grand Rapids-based improv team has been providing side-splitting antics on stage since 1994.

Marc Maron says WTF!

Written by Rich Tupica | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:56 |

When a fan randomly approached Marc Maron on the street a few years ago and told him his comedic style is a crossbreed of Iggy Pop and Woody Allen, the New Jersey-born comic agreed.

In fact, Maron agreed with the branding so much he added the comparison into his official bio. But now, the veteran 48-year-old comic and "WTF" podcast host says things have changed.

Don't We Boys: Humor in the Darkest Places

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:53 |

A man sitting on death row with guards conversing doesn't sound like an all too hilarious situation. Leave it to the Don't We Boys to find the humor in it.

Anjelah Johnson: Comedy and Quarterbacks

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:42 |

A church might not be the most common — or even ideal — venue for a comedy show, but Anjelah Johnson is enthusiastic about her opportunity to perform at Fountain Street Church as a part of the second installment of the comedy festival.

"The funny thing is, I started comedy at a church," Johnson said. "I took a joke writing class at my church ...We had to perform at the church as a part of our graduation."

The Dark, Absurd, Honest and Relatable Dan Cummins

Written by Tyler DeJong | Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:18 |

"Dark, absurd, honest, relatable." These are the words Dan Cummins chooses to describe himself with. Where these descriptors lack in meaning, words like 'angry,' 'cynical,' 'maniacal' and 'slightly cruel' fill in the empty spaces.

Kevin Nealon remembers meeting Andy Kaufman, time on 'SNL'

Written by Rich Tupica | Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:27 |

When Kevin Nealon nervously approached Andy Kaufman on the sidewalk in front of The Improv in Hollywood back in the late ‘70s, it proved to be a surreal moment – one he vividly remembers.

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