Sarah Colonna on Attending the Super Bowl, Tweeting Gisele B√ľndchen

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Sarah Colonna grew up a sports fan, mostly following baseball. "My dad was a sports editor, so I'm more knowledgeable than I would have been otherwise," the Arkansas native explains. "I'm a big baseball fan because when I would visit him in the summer in California, it was baseball season."

Colonna's dad worked at the Orange County Register, which made her a fan of the Los Angeles Angels.

Nowadays she's engaged to a footballer, Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan. Football isn't a sport Colonna followed previously. "As I've gotten older I appreciate it more. Football used to be something that could be on in the background, but I never followed it."

That, of course, has changed.


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Lachlan Patterson: From BC to LA to LCS

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When Lachlan Patterson moved from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Los Angeles, he left his native Canada with what he felt was a good deal of solid material.

"I think I had a lot of comedy about Canada, and there were a lot of references to Canadian pop culture that I had to get rid of, which was a little heartbreaking because some that stuff was my favorite," he says. "But moving to the United States was great. When I moved to Los Angeles, I went to the local comedy clubs right away, and these comedians were destroying. I got to see the best at their best. It was really great to see that."


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Mary Mack Plays He Said, She Said

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Last December City Pages spoke to comedian Tim Harmston, who was doing a week at the Acme Comedy Co. One of the subjects discussed was Harmston's wife and fellow comic, Mary Mack. Harmston told us how he was smitten the first time he saw Mack, and how they will bounce ideas off of each other when building their respective standup sets.

With Mary Mack coming to town to do a run of shows at Acme, we thought it would be a good opportunity to play "He Said, She Said," and see how accurate Harmston's assessment of their relationship was. Upon hearing this, Mack laughs. "Like the Newlywed Game?" she suggests.

Well, sort of.

See also:
Tim Harmston on Wife Mary Mack, Minnesota vs. L.A.

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Comedians on Comedians: Isaac Witty on Drugs, Redemption, and Conan

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Last year, Isaac Witty's comedy career was in a state of crushing uncertainty, a far cry from his early days as a standup, which included numerous gigs with Mitch Hedberg and a late-night appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. There was also a four-year streak of cocaine-fueled debauchery that nearly tarnished his reputation forever.

"This was last March, and it was winter depression time," he says. "It was that winter that lasted forever, and it was one of those days where I stayed in my pajamas all day long and I ordered a pizza and ate the whole pizza and just laid in bed."

But moments before falling asleep he received an email from a Conan booker about performing on the show -- an opportunity Witty had thought was well out of the realm of possibility.


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The Daily Show Writers Bring a Night of Political-ish Comedy to Brave New Workshop

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In today's constantly evolving landscape of late-night television and cable news, there is one show that has consistently broken down barriers and served as the mouthpiece for a generation: The Daily Show. 

An institution in its own right, The Daily Show has defined the current era of political comedy, combining pointedly honest commentary with some of the funniest bits on TV. This week, Adam Lowitt, co-executive producer of The Daily Show, will be joined by fellow writers Matt Koff, Travon Free, and Zhubin Parang at Brave New Workshop for The Daily Show Writers Standup Tour: An Evening of Political-ish Comedy. 

Before he hits Minneapolis, we talked with Lowitt about the future of the show and the current landscape of political comedy.


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Kevin Hart's Deep Cuts of Comedy

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If you were to ask 100 people on the street, "Who is Kevin Hart?" you might get a seemingly endless list of movie and television credits. Whether it's from his roles in hits like The Wedding Ringer and Get Hard, or his recent hosting duties on the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, Hart is one of the most recognizable faces in all of Hollywood. This week, however, he will be making a stop in Minnesota and doing the thing that brought him to the A List: standup comedy.

Currently in the midst of the biggest comedy tour in history, Hart is bringing his What Now? tour to the Target Center Friday night, giving fans the chance to see their favorite TV and movie star back onstage. 

While some may be familiar with his insanely successful 2013 standup comedy film, Let Me Explain, Hart has been tirelessly working on stages all over the world for nearly two decades. To boost your comedy cred and get you in the mood for his show this weekend, we went back and found some of the very best Kevin Hart "deep comedy cuts" from his standup career. 


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Danny Pudi: "As Far As a Community Movie, I'm In."

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In 2009, a TV show called Community premiered on NBC. The sitcom, which was initially positioned as a starring vehicle for The Soup host Joel McHale, quickly gained an incredibly loyal, cult-like following. While all of the characters were engaging and endearing in their own way, it was clear that the focal point of the program was Abed Nadir, the pop culture-obsessed misfit played by Danny Pudi.

After surviving cast changes, cancellations, and a move from traditional television to a new home on Yahoo, the show continues to set the bar for funny, weird, meta sitcoms, with Pudi firmly seated in his study room chair at Greendale Community College. 

This week, Pudi takes a break from life as Abed to join John Moe and musical guest Har Mar Superstar for Minnesota Public Radio's Wits at the Fitzgerald Theater. Before he takes the stage this Friday night, we talked with the actor about mustaches, ESPN documentaries, and whether Community fans will finally see the mythical #SixSeasonsAndAMovie.


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Cameron Esposito Talks Comedy, Writing, Betsy Hodges

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Cameron Esposito didn't plan on becoming a cultural figure. 

The Chicago native set out to be a comedian first and foremost, and she's been pretty successful at it. After gaining notoriety as a regular member of the Chelsea Lately roundtable, she had memorable appearances on late-night talk shows like Conan and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. But around the end of last year, things began to really take off. 

Her album Same Sex Symbol came out in December and was met with huge praise from both fans and critics alike. In addition, she began starring in a fantastic video series for BuzzFeed, called "Ask a Lesbian," giving viewers honest, funny insights into lesbianism. Now she's inked a deal to write her memoirs, has become a regular contributor for publications like the AV Club, and headlines clubs all across the country.

This week, she'll return to Acme Comedy Co. for one show only. Before her quick trip to Minnesota, we talked with Esposito about constantly feeling pressure to do more, never running out of material, and why she gets bored of listening to herself talk. 

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Andi Smith Is Ready to Crash & Burn at Acme This Week

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Andi Smith feels she may be perfectly suited for Crash & Burn at Acme this week. The show, put together by Tim Slagle, one of the club's favorites, sends four comedians up onstage each night to work through 25 minutes of material they've never done in public before.

With a three-year-old daughter and aging parents to look after, Smith, a St. Louis native, hasn't toured as much as she used to.

"Last summer, I moved into a campground in the Wisconsin Dells," she says. "I had gone up to visit my mother, and we were riding around on golf carts, because that's what you do when you live in a campground. They have a real house near Madison, but vacation in a campground all summer."


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The Turkeys Resume Flight at Brave New Workshop

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This past year, the Twin Cities comedy super-crew the Turkeys suffered an unthinkable loss when comedian Gus Lynch passed away in Mexico while on vacation with his family. 

"When Gus died, it just sort of changed the dynamic," says Gabe Noah, the unofficial leader of the group. "We all got sort of depressed and just thought that [The Turkeys] was over with."

As it turns out, that wasn't the case and the Turkeys are flying high once again with a new show, a residency at Brave New Workshop's Experimental Thinking Centre, and some creepy puppets. 


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