Judah Friedlander: A Hero For Our Time

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:22 |

It's hard to be humble when you're the World Champion. For comedian Judah Friedlander, this is a status he has maintained for years during his stand-up sets, but he insists that it's all for the good of the American people.

Gilda's LaughFest Attempts to Break Another World Record

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 08:42 |

Gilda's LaughFest kicks off on March 6 with another attempt to break a world record. In the past, people gathered in downtown Grand Rapids with rubber chickens, mustaches, cardboard beaks. This year, the goal is to get the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark.

 

Up and Coming Michigan Comics

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:29 |

Get to know these up-and-coming comics now so you can say you knew them when.

The Tenderloins on Friendship and Practical Jokes

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:10 |

Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano met years ago during their freshman year of high school. Bonding over their shared love of comedy, they dabbled in improv and stand-up throughout high school, before going their separate ways in college. When the foursome met up after college in '99, they agreed the climate was perfect to reignite their act and take it to the next level, creating The Tenderloins.

The Rebirth of Nick Thune

Written by Lindsay Patton | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:06 |

Nick Thune may have the honor of holding the strangest IMDb credit of all time. Search under his latest movie Johnson, and there he is, credited as the main character's disembodied penis. Thune embraced the role, and went out of his way to make sure he got it right.

Mike Birbiglia Gears Up for New Tour

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:02 |

Mike Birbiglia likes to tell stories. Personal, hilarious stories. And in order to ensure friends and family who appear in the stories don't get offended, he keeps some safeguards in place.

Maria Bamford on Making Serious Topics Seriously Funny

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 10:59 |

When most people hear the terms "bipolar" or "OCD," they probably wouldn't think of them as necessarily funny issues. For comedian Maria Bamford, who has publicly acknowledged that she has bipolar disorder and anxiety issues, these topics are pure comedy gold.

Jen Kirkman Finds Humor in All the Odd Places

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 February 2014 09:38 |

Ask most comedians who helped inspire them to pursue comedy and most would likely rattle off names like George Carlin and Chris Farley. Ask Jen Kirkman this question and you get a different answer entirely.

Revue LaughFest Picks

Written by Andrea Kooiker and Colleen Schonfield | Monday, 24 February 2014 08:50 |

With dozens and dozens of events going on in the 10-day span of LaughFest, it's hard to decide which ones to choose. Let us help you with some of our LaughFest picks.

Alonzo Bodden on Supervillains, Global Tours and "Last Comic Standing"

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 24 January 2014 16:09 |

Many comedians are ecstatic to perform the next biggest club or to branch out on a U.S. tour. Alonzo Bodden, however, prefers to branch out a little farther.

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