Place Becomes Character for Northern Michigan Writer

Written by Meaghan Igel | Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:08 |

It's one of the first things creative writers learn: in order to tell a story effectively, one must anchor the story in a particular setting or place. Northern Michigan-based writer Jack Driscoll, who has written four novels and four books of poetry, and who just released his second collection of short stories.

Rodney Carrington: Comedy in a cowboy hat

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:08 |

Rodney Carrington says there is only one thing he has yet to accomplish during his long and fruitful career as a comedian. "Quit — that's pretty much the only thing I haven't done," Carrington said.

River City Improv Keeps Moving

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:06 |

The shelf life for a local improv team is nine months to a year. Apparently, River City Improv is not your average team. Comprised completely of Calvin College alum, the Grand Rapids-based improv team has been providing side-splitting antics on stage since 1994.

Marc Maron says WTF!

Written by Rich Tupica | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:56 |

When a fan randomly approached Marc Maron on the street a few years ago and told him his comedic style is a crossbreed of Iggy Pop and Woody Allen, the New Jersey-born comic agreed.

In fact, Maron agreed with the branding so much he added the comparison into his official bio. But now, the veteran 48-year-old comic and "WTF" podcast host says things have changed.

Don't We Boys: Humor in the Darkest Places

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:53 |

A man sitting on death row with guards conversing doesn't sound like an all too hilarious situation. Leave it to the Don't We Boys to find the humor in it.

Anjelah Johnson: Comedy and Quarterbacks

Written by Jayson Bussa | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:42 |

A church might not be the most common — or even ideal — venue for a comedy show, but Anjelah Johnson is enthusiastic about her opportunity to perform at Fountain Street Church as a part of the second installment of the comedy festival.

"The funny thing is, I started comedy at a church," Johnson said. "I took a joke writing class at my church ...We had to perform at the church as a part of our graduation."

Local Laughs: Q&A with Stu McCallister

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:27 |
Q&A

Questions for Stu McCallister, local comic and Dr. Grins emcee.

Jane's Addiction Escapes the Past

Written by John Sinkevics | Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:05 |

Sharing a Los Angeles rehearsal studio space in the late ‘80s during the formative years of Jane's Addiction gave singer Perry Farrell enduring memories of "people in weird costumes who I hung out with on a daily basis."

Inside the Work Ethic of Henry Rollins

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:35 |

Henry Rollins doesn't take vacations. "I'm always kind of doing something — there's never really any downtime," he said. "And I'm not trying to impress you with my workload."

Eisley Succeeds With New Label

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:12 |

After signing with Warner Bros. Records in 2003, Eisley went on a four-year tear releasing two full-length albums and six EPs, touring with a number of other bands including Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Switchfoot and Bleach, as well as making its television debut on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

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