For Stepdad, It's All About Who You Know

Written by Nick Manes | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:53 |

It goes without saying that the music industry has changed in the last decade. A garage band no longer has to shop around a demo to the biggest labels to "make it."

Garfunkel and Oates Create Comedy with a Melody

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:53 |

Folk-comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates started out with a series of lo-fi YouTube videos that Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome had created for the amusement of friends and family. Thousands of hits later, it became apparent the duo was on to something.

Sink's Spins on Music: The Bangups, local CD releases

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:50 |

The Bangups' journey in fashioning its new rock album, Hellcat, took its share of twists and turns, from an invigorating stint on 2012's national Warped Tour to a "crazy" detour into the realm of "chiptune" bands that create electronic music using sound chips from video game consoles.

Gary Valentine: Funny is a Family Business

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:50 |

Sometimes comedy is a family affair – at least for Gary Valentine. Take for instance the way he was introduced to the world of comedy. "It was in 1988 when my mother signed me up for an open mic night at a local comedy club," Valentine said.

Where most comedians have to explain to their parents why they decided to give up their office job and toss out their college credentials to pursue a career in comedy, Valentine had his mother there egging him on.

Funny Business: Q&A with Brian Borbot

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:47 |
Q&A

REVUE sat down with funny man Brian Borbot and lobbed some questions at the founder of Sunday Night Funnies. He helps shed some light on the current state of comedy in West Michigan.

Jackie Kashian: Queen of the Dorks

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:45 |

Podcasts are all the rage these days. Whether you're a political junkie, music snob, science geek, foodie or basically a fan of any subject, chances are there is a podcast out there tailor-made for you.

And if you happen to be a fan of fandom? Look no further than Jackie Kashian's "Dork Forest."

This month's silver screen action boasts such titles as Dead Man Down, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Croods, Admission, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Jim Breuer: Stand-Up and Step Back

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:41 |

For Jim Breuer, stand-up comedy is a crass and priceless art form. "It's probably the only thing you'll see live that's unedited and completely raw," he said. "You just don't know what you're getting when you go see live comedy, and I love that."

Breuer's breakout was his 1995-1998 stint on "Saturday Night Live," where one of his characters was the memorable-yet-slightly annoying Goat Boy.

Loni Love: Love Leads the Way

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:40 |

Loni Love has appeared as a correspondent on "Dr. Oz" and on "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News". She can be seen providing commentary for VH1's "I Love the..." series, she's a regular panelist on "Chelsea Lately" and she's made numerous guest appearances on other television shows.

This is just a small portion of her ever-expanding catalog of television projects, a mode of exposure she has come to greatly appreciate.

Memoirist Wade Rouse Helps to Celebrate the Voices of Michigan

Written by Kyle Austin | Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:34 |

Had it not been for the sage advice of a Cape Cod innkeeper, Wade Rouse may never have set foot in Michigan. After learning that Rouse and his partner had driven all the way from St. Louis for a vacation, the woman wondered why they hadn't just gone to Michigan instead.

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