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.

Kyle Dunnigan Vanswers Our Questions

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 27 December 2013 11:02 |

The next time you have a burning question that needs an answer, try asking Craig, the awkward, dull-witted YouTube alter-ego of comedian Kyle Dunningan. Fans submit questions and Craig answers them, with unorthodox, hilarious results he calls "Vanswers." Dunnigan says he's been doing the character for years.

Dave Landau: The King of Michigan Comedy

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 13:42 |

Comedian Dave Landau may have houses in both L.A. and Detroit, but it's clear the latter is the house that he considers to be home. Sure, L.A. can be glamorous and all, but who can resist the allure of Michigan?

LaughFest Brings in Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker, Jim Gaffigan and Jay Leno for Fourth Installment

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Tuesday, 12 November 2013 08:54 |

Gilda's LaughFest announced its 2014 headliners this morning, including its signature dinner event, which is an evening with talk show host, Jay Leno. The festival is also bringing back Jim Gaffigan and Sinbad, which both sold out shows in previous years.

Comedy, Boobs and '90s Pop Culture: The Marvelous Life of Sarah Jean Anderson

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 21 October 2013 16:45 |

If you were to sit down for a casual conversation with comedienne Sarah Jean Anderson, you could easily expect to witness filthily absurd tangents filled with singing, dancing and countless '90s pop references, all probably within the first five minutes.

She is loud, crude and utterly endearing, and she uses these traits to create comedy and art that she hopes will ultimately have a positive impact on the world.

River City Improv Turns 20 and Invites Marc Evan Jackson Out to Play

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:18 |

Come this February, River City Improv will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and if you have yet to experience one of the troupe's sidesplitting improv sets, you best remedy that soon. Rick Truer, one of the founding members of the group, estimates that between its public shows and private event performances, RCI performs roughly 60-80 times per year, so there are plenty of chances to check it out.

Comedian Chad Daniels is No Stranger to Grand Rapids

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 26 August 2013 11:17 |

Chad Daniels is a comedian whose standup act is incredibly difficult to describe. One minute he'll be setting up intricate grammar jokes in a Dmetri Martin-esque fashion, then in the blink of an eye his subject matter switches to penis jokes and locker room fare.

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