No Jokes Barred: Comedian Jim Norton returns to Grand Rapids

Written by Rich Tupica | Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:55 |

This month, Norton brings his Kneeling Room Only Tour to Grand Rapids. The show includes some new material slated for his next special, which he plans to release next year. After seven specials stocked with self-deprecating black comedy, his followers may wonder if he’ll soon run out of warped personal anecdotes. Rest assured, Norton’s got a stockpile of freaky tales to draw from.

Brotherly Laughs: Kevin Farley talks family, bringing his own comedy to Muskegon

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:48 |

Whenever actor/comedian Kevin Farley steps onstage, he has to admit one thing almost immediately: Yes, he is Chris Farley’s brother.

There’s no denying the family resemblance between Kevin and his beloved Saturday Night Live star brother, Chris, who passed away in 1997 after a decade-long comedy career that included timeless characters and hit movies like Tommy Boy.

Over his 30-year career, stand-up comedian Todd Barry has become a master of working a room. With his signature dry wit, he can turn everyday small talk into hilarious banter that keeps an entire crowd rolling with laughter. 

Two Grand Rapids women have come together to create a comedic duo thriving off not stand-up or skits, but the power of the internet. 

With a show primarily hosted on Facebook, local standup comics Kaira Williams and Megan Elaine have gathered a sort of cult following. The show varies each time in length and content, but it always promises banter between the two personalities. 

(Not) Feeling Blue: Despite today’s world, Josh Blue brings the laughs

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:44 |

Heading into last year’s presidential election, comedian Josh Blue took things as seriously as any stand-up comedian could — he ran for office. 

Joining up on the independent ticket of fellow comic Ron White as his vice presidential nominee, Blue said their platform included a nationwide legalization of marijuana and better treatment for veterans and the disabled.

“We probably should have stuck with that,” Blue said. “I think we would’ve won.” 

Heidecker & Hamburger’s Sold-out Show (Very Good Job)

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 09 October 2017 16:41 |

Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington are both one-of-a-kind, incredibly talented comics who have garnered a following for so skillfully pretending to be without much talent or skill.

From Los Angeles to Chicago and Madison, Wis., the Grand Rapids Improv Festival is bringing in performers from all across the country.

Throughout the week-long festival, nearly 40 troupes will travel in and out of Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids for a wide variety of performances. 

When comedian Demetri Martin comes to Grand Rapids this month on his Let’s Get Awkward tour, longtime fans should know that among his many new jokes, he also hopes to share some more personal stories. 

The ‘Not-Too-Bad’ Comedy of Brian Regan

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:28 |

OK, let’s get one thing straight when it comes to stand-up comedian Brian Regan: His birthday is actually June 2 — not Oct. 2 like the internet might lead his friends and fans to believe. 

“I have a good friend who always calls me on Oct. 2 to wish me a happy birthday, because that’s my Wikipedia birthday, and I never corrected him because I always got a kick out of it,” Regan said. “It’s nice for me, because I get two birthdays out of it. I get my actual birthday on June 2 and then I get my Wikipedia birthday.”

If there’s one thing that’s true for moms, it’s that they could all use a good night out. 

Thankfully, comedians/viral video sensations Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley — of the top-trending Web series #IMOMSOHARD — are here to help.

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