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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
For the past three years, Gilda’s LaughFest has given us a healthy dose of laughter for 10 straight days a year. It’s brought us giant stars like Bill Cosby and Betty White, up-and-comers like Anthony Jeselnik and Hannibal Buress and reminded us of the wealth of comedy we have at home.
The award-winning professional theatre Mason Street Warehouse kicks off its 11th season at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (400 Culver St., Saugatuck) on June 21 with the musical comedy Xanadu. Forbidden love takes a whole new spin when Greek goddess meets mortal artist during the disco era—roller disco at that.
With so many businesses devoted to craft brews, and new ones constantly popping up, it's safe to say Grand Rapids loves beer. Recently voted Beer City USA and named one of the Top 10 Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers, the city is home to dozens of microbreweries and counting.
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