Rob Little on the Secret World of Cruise Ships

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"I've performed on 63 cruises in the past two years," says comedian Rob Little. His seafaring work ethic has paid off, as he was recently named Carnival Cruise Lines' Comedian of the Year. "That was pretty cool. I've been doing a lot of clubs and corporate shows, too."

Actually, the cruise gigs are similar to comedy clubs in that they run for several days. "They kind of book us on two cruises at a time," he explains. "So you'll go on the last half of one cruise then stay on the ship for the first half of the next cruise. It can be anywhere from three to five days."

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Maz Jobrani at Varsity Theater: Win Tickets!

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Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani has performed his standup around the world, including a set with the King of Jordan in the audience. Jobrani's standup explores race and cultural misunderstandings, as well as family dynamics. He is the founder of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, and his other television specials include Brown and Friendly and I Come in Peace.

We've got a pair of tickets to Jobrani's Thursday-night performance at the Varsity Theater. Here's how to enter to win:

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Valley Meadows Takes Over the Twin Cities (Comedy) Rap Scene

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In a town where the hip-hop scene is so incredible, there can only be one (or two) true kingpins. Those two dudes are Valley Meadows.

Wait! Pull back, angry hip-hop-loving commenter! We meant comedy rap. 

"By the time you're done saying 'comedy rap' most people have already turned their backs," says Gary "Mr. S" Schishynszenski (also known as comedian Chris Knutson). "We really like that challenge."

Knutson, along with his partner Zach Coulter -- a.k.a. MC Tom Johnson -- will be performing at tonight's opening of the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival alongside the Monday Night Comedy Show.

Before they unleash their sick flow all over Club Underground at the Spring Street Tavern, we caught up with one half of the illest comedy rap duo around to talk battling, webisodes, and Will Smith.


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Standup Michael Malone: "I Just Feel Like I've Tapped Into an Honesty in My Actual Stage Voice"

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"The hour has changed," says Michael Malone of his standup set. "It used to be a lot more high-energy and all that and characters. Now? I've kind of boiled it down. It's gotten a lot more honest."

Last year, Malone started going in a more introspective direction, talking about how his father passed away when he was very young. That series of shows, performed in 27 cities across 17 states, was well received. Toward the end of the tour was when word came that his stepfather, Wayne, had passed away suddenly.

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5 Must-See Shows at 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival

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With 13 shows taking place over the next week at 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival, you're going to need to plan ahead. Here are five must-see shows.

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10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival: Six Days of Punchlines, Booze, and Herding Cats

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Bob Edwards is burned out on comedy.

For the past several hours, he and a handful of equally exhausted comedians have been sitting in his living room, wading through a seemingly endless stream of awful web videos that he's projected from his phone to the television. There are brutally amateur improv performers who are barely suited for high school theater, hacky standups flinging joke-book-worthy one-liners, and a 65-year-old woman providing a three-minute tutorial on how to perform fellatio on an old man.

With each passing video, the group gets increasingly slaphappy. Picture a scene out of Mystery Science Theater 3000, but instead of robots in a theater being tortured, it's comedians reviewing submissions for this year's 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival.

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Justin Bieber's Favorite Comedian Chris D'Elia Talks Standup, Acting, Fashion

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There are lots of comedians who have famous fans. But Chris D'Elia might have the most famous of them all. 

This past summer, the boy prince of pop music himself, Justin Bieber, tweeted "@chrisdelia u are hilarious," giving the comedian immediate mainstream exposure with non-comedy fans. The real rub, however, was in December when Bieber personally requested to be roasted onstage at the Laugh Factory in L.A. following D'Elia's performance, which he graciously obliged. 

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Standup Eddie Pepitone: "I tell people I've been fired from more restaurants than I've eaten in"

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Comedian Eddie Pepitone doesn't consider himself to be a joke writer like his old friend and Minneapolis favorite David Feldman. "What I talk about onstage is all in the moment for me," he says. "It's what I've been thinking about and how events affect me." One thing that inspires his material is reading. "I get super-charged by reading different authors. My favorite political guy is Chris Hedges. If I read an article by him that day, it just might inspire me to talk about certain things or a news item that really angers me."

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Gus Lynch Wins Joke Joint Comedy Club's Best Comedian Ever Contest

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There are lots of funny comedians in the Twin Cities. But there can only be one "Best Comedian Ever." Last night, Gus Lynch staked his claim to the title during Joke Joint Comedy Club's Best Comedian Ever finals. 


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Chad Daniels on Traveling Through Asia, His Kids, Acme Homecoming

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A lot of comedians will embellish details of their lives for the sake of a joke. Others will create an entirely different reality when they're onstage. And then there's Chad Daniels.

"If you want to know what a day in my life is like, come see my standup," says Daniels. The 39-year-old father of two has allowed fans to hear all about his children growing up, as he shares the painfully awkward, hilarious details of their lives through his brutally honest brand of comedy.

"People ask me if my jokes about my kids are real, and they absolutely are," he says. "My daughter is 10 now and she's as sweet as ever, and my son is 15 and becoming a man. I think that my comedy and my material has continued to grow with them."

Before he returns home for a week of shows at Acme Comedy Co., the club where he began his career, we caught up with the most famous resident of Fergus Falls to talk about his recent trip to Asia, his children, and why he thinks there is such a thing as too much material.

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