Comedy vs. Racism: Alonzo Bodden tackles modern day issues at Dr. Grins

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 01 December 2016 10:35 |

If there’s one thing longtime stand-up comedian Alonzo Bodden knows, it’s the healing power of humor. From donating a kidney to his brother to confronting institutionalized racism onstage, Bodden is a big believer in laughter as medicine for those who are hurting in mind, body or soul.

Many will remember him best from his two seasons on NBC’s reality competition series Last Comic Standing, where he won the grand prize during season three back in 2004. 

Randy and Mr. Lahey bring the ‘Trailer Park’ to Kalamazoo

Written by Eric Mitts | Friday, 28 October 2016 10:40 |

When you have Canadian actor John Dunsworth on the phone with friend and fellow actor Pat Roach, don’t expect to get in too many serious questions. The Trailer Park Boys duo talk about their tour in and out of character — all while bantering back and forth with each other like they have for 11 seasons. Here’s just some of our conversation, discussing drinking, legalizing marijuana and even this month’s election.

Kathleen Madigan: Comedy Vet Brings ‘Mermaid Tour’ to Kalamazoo State Theatre

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 08 September 2016 13:58 |

Kathleen Madigan is eager to celebrate her 51st birthday on stage in Kalamazoo.

A veteran of standup, Madigan already knows about the area’s great beer selection, asking fans to tweet bar recommendations for her post-Mermaid Lady Tour performance birthday festivities.

Hannibal Buress Returns to West Michigan on the 'Hannibal Montanabal' Tour

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 06 September 2016 21:52 |

Hannibal Buress is full of surprises — just look back to this past February. The comedian made a special unannounced guest appearance at Dave Chappelle’s show in DeVos Performance Hall, then upped the ante by headlining his own pop-up show the next day at the Pyramid Scheme. And to make matters more interesting, he did all of this in the midst of a snowstorm.

Michael Kosta: Ann Arbor Native Returns to Grand Rapids

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 04 August 2016 08:42 |

If you asked a teenage Michael Kosta what tennis meant to him, he’d tell you, “It’s no laughing matter.”

After all, the now 36-year-old comedian grew up in Ann Arbor playing competitively before going on to win four Big Ten titles with the University of Illinois. It was getting serious. But when it came time for the pro circuit, Kosta topped at number 864 in the world, earning around $11,000 over four years. That’s when he began to see some humor in competition.

Music comedy legend and pop culture icon “Weird Al” Yankovic has titled his latest adventure the “Mandatory World Tour.” It’s a joke, of course, on the cyclical nature of the entertainment industry, which he finally found himself free from after 32 years under a major label recording contract. His latest LP, 2014’s Mandatory Fun, was his first to ever debut at Number One on the Billboard Charts, and solidified his status as the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history. REVUE had the rare chance to pick Al’s one-of-a-kind brain last month, and found out why he reluctantly embraced social media, why he turns to his teenage daughter for tips on new targets to spoof, and more.

The only thing more surreal than the work of outsider artist/musician/comedian David Liebe Hart is the man himself.

Known to his cult fanbase for appearances on the late-night Adult Swim show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Liebe Hart, 61, worked as a street performer for nearly 40 years before receiving any widespread exposure. 

Mr. Lucky: Comedian Kyle Dunnigan Headlines at Pyramid Scheme

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 23 May 2016 14:10 |

Comedian Kyle Dunnigan is the first to admit he’s a lucky guy. And he’s not talking about when he semi-famously dated Sarah Silverman from 2011 to 2013. 

For him, timing has been his saving grace — being in the right place at the right time.

“When I look back, so many things could have gone a different way for me where I’d be sitting in an office somewhere now. And they didn’t,” Dunnigan told REVUE. “I know a lot of talented people who didn’t really get a break. So I’ve got to attribute that to luck.”

Hot Blooded: Lewis Black heads to Michigan for two shows in May

Written by Eric Mitts | Saturday, 07 May 2016 14:03 |

The way this year’s presidential primary season has gone so far, comedian Lewis Black wishes he could’ve written it as a novel.

“I think it reads better as fiction than it does as reality,” Black said about the drama surrounding the campaign trail this spring. 

Black, 67, is no stranger to the literary life. The funnyman first started out as a playwright in New York City in the 1980s after graduating with an MFA from Yale. It was only later that he ventured into the world of standup, where he’s since been acclaimed as one of the top comics of all time, and become known for his rage-fueled rants and scathing sarcasm. Friday, May 20, he brings that venom to the Kalamazoo State Theatre. 

Slim Fast: Why Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Decided to Shed Some Pounds

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 11 April 2016 15:15 |

On his Fuse TV reality series Fluffy Breaks Even, standup favorite Gabriel Iglesias devours dangerously delicious meals across the country with his close cadre of personal friends. 

But after they’ve savored the last bites from hilariously unhealthy places like the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, the real challenge begins: Finding a way to work off the exorbitant amount of calories they’ve just consumed in order to “break even.”

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