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.
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 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.
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.
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.
In case you haven't heard of her, Jillian Michaels is a lot like the real life version of Brooke Windham, Ali Larter's character from the original Legally Blonde. The difference is, Michaels didn't get to where she is by bending and snapping; rather, she's a genuine self-help, self-styled fitness guru with a sense of integrity that stretches beyond the length of a dollar sign.
If you're following a gluten free diet, one thing you might not get enough of is quality bread. At Green Restaurant, located on the East Beltline between Biggby Coffee and Noodles & Company, the homemade bread is so tasty that owner Mike Meyer sells it by the loaf. At $7.99, it's gluten, dairy and egg free, making it ideal for vegans, too.
Future Islands is a band that's not shy about examining the human condition. Since 2006, this synthpop trio out of Baltimore has churned out three albums exploring the complexities of love, the truths found in memories and even the deep emotional scars left behind by breakups.
The Academy Awards are great and all, but sometimes it's even more fun to check out new and lesser-known projects by the smaller guys the academy hasn't even heard of. This month, West Michigan offers a variety of events to experience the best (and worst) independent cinema has to offer.
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