In the ‘80s, stand-up comedy boomed. Clubs were packed, legends were born and anything was possible. For one glorious decade stand-up reigned. Decades later the Internet has introduced the new generation of stand-up comedians. A comedy renaissance is underway and it’s larger and more diverse than ever before. That’s where Taylor De La Ossa comes in.
Stu McCallister has hosted the Funniest Person in Grand Rapids competition for eight years now. At this point, he’s always frank with the newcomers taking the stage for the first time.
“I’m completely honest. I say, ‘You’re not going to win,’” McCallister said. “So many people have this thing where they come in like, ‘I’m gonna f*ckin’ win,’ and I tell them, ‘There are 90 people in this contest. One person wins. You’re not going to be that person.’”
As far as benchmark goals are concerned, The Don’t We Boys are ahead of schedule. Shortly before recruiting Scott Erickson as their third member near the end of last summer, sketch comedians Joe Anderson and A.J. Schraeder of The Don't We Boys wrote up a list of goals for 2015.
A father, a fanboy and a “fartist,” comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn is many things, but a grown-up isn’t one of them.
Currently co-writing Deadpool for Marvel Comics, and working on a comedy/metal album with Scott Ian of thrash icons Anthrax, Posehn is now living out his inner adolescent dreams.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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