Funniest Person in Grand Rapids competition underway

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Monday, 30 March 2015 19:02 |

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.’”

Iliza Shlesinger: Equal Opportunity Offender

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00 |

When Iliza Shlesinger started pursing stand-up out of college, there weren't a whole lot of women in the audience and there even less performing on stages alongside her.

The Don't We Boys Plan for a Big Year

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00 |

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.

Brian Posehn: Sorry, Guys. Fart Jokes Aren't Forever

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00 |

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.


Michael Kosta's sophomore stand-up album brings more edge to observational wit

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 08:58 |

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.

Don Friesen's Journey from Bankruptcy to the Spotlight

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 22 December 2014 16:54 |

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.

A Clashtick Christmas Celebrates Everyone's Holiday Quirks

Written by Anastasia Hauschild | Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:31 |

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.


Mike Green Brings the Laughs with His (Mostly) Clean Humor

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 21 November 2014 11:12 |

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 Announces 2015 Headliners

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 11 November 2014 08:18 |

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.

Lewis Black to Headline DeVos Performance Hall April 24

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 03 November 2014 11:11 |

Lewis Black's The Rant is Due tour was so successful in 2014 that he's doing it all over again. 

The Rant is Due: Part Deux (see what he did there?) kicks off in New York on Jan. 8 and comes to Grand Rapids April 24.


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