Corey Adam Releases Comedy Album with No Jokes

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While every comedian dreams about releasing an album or a special of their best material, the trade-off is that it forces them to retire those jokes from their set. While this isn't a big deal for headliners who have hours' worth of material, for up-and-coming comedians who are still developing an act it can be a problem.

Corey Adam ran into this challenge last year when he approached local comedy powerhouse Stand Up! Records about possibly putting out an album. 

"They told me that I wasn't ready to put out an album, and they were right," he recalls. "I've got probably 45 minutes of really good material, but not enough for a really quality album. I'm glad they said that, because I really don't want to put out something that isn't the best it can possibly be."

Still, Adam, who has been an active part of the Twin Cities comedy scene since 2008, was looking for a way to supplement his gigs on the road. That's when inspiration struck.

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Gabriel Iglesias Talks Comedy, Cartoons, and Magic Mike XXL

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Standup comedy is currently experiencing one of its biggest booms. Every night of the week, clubs and theaters all over the Twin Cities are packed with fans new and old, and comedians are continually finding different platforms to showcase their unique styles.

Still, even in a time where standups are regarded in the same light as rock stars, there are only a select few who have established themselves as the gold standard for comedy. Gabriel Iglesias is one of those comedians.

With his signature Hawaiian shirts, over-the-top character voices, and hilarious personal stories, Iglesias is a performer whose comedy connects with all kinds of folks. This past summer, he released a full-length standup concert film, The Fluffy Movie, while also building his television and movie credits. This week, Iglesias brings his Unity Through Laughter tour to the only venue in town that can host a comedian of his stature: Target Center.

Before Fluffy arrives in Minneapolis, we talked with the comedian about his meteoric rise to arena status, his budding voice-acting career, and his upcoming appearance in the new Magic Mike movie.

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Rocky LaPorte on Last Comic Standing

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Rocky LaPorte is finally getting the recognition he deserves. After being held up and shot while working as a delivery man, LaPorte decided that standup might be a safer and less dangerous career. That was back in the 1980s. He's since become a headlining comic and occasional actor.

Yet, until being selected to compete in last year's Last Comic Standing, national recognition eluded him.  

"I just finished doing the Last Comic Standing Tour," he says from his home in Chicago. "We did two and a half months, and wrapped it up right before the holidays. That was crazy, man. It took up most of my last year. Everybody was great, and I got a lot of new fans out of it."

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David Crowe on John Cleese, British vs. American Humor

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Married to a South African woman and born to Canadian parents, both of whom had British parents, Minneapolis-born comic David Crowe is a student of comedy across the English-speaking world. Not surprisingly, it was a member of Monty Python that proved to be his biggest inspiration.

"John Cleese is one of the reasons I got into comedy," he explains. "I just thought he was an absolute riot, and looked like he was having so much fun."

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Boy Kisses Combines Comedy, Gaming, and (Possible) Fist-Fighting

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Turner Barrowman and Collin Klug are the creators and hosts of the funniest, most poignant comedy show ever created. Just ask them.

"I'll fight anyone who says their show is better than ours, anyone," says Barrowman. "Not just comedy shows, either. We're better than Andrew Zimmern, Brother Ali, John Moe, Bill Burr, George Carlin, and anyone else who has ever tried to entertain people."

While Barrowman is probably not serious (we think?), it's hard to argue that there is any other show in town that's more unique and buzzed about than the Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase.


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Standup Geoff Tate on Cheers versus Frasier

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Geoff Tate loves three things: standup comedy, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and the sitcom Cheers. Last summer, he had the chance to give a deep read on Tom Petty on the Rock Solid podcast.

"That was probably my favorite time ever being on a podcast," he says. As for his love of Cheers, Tate talks about that on his podcast, Afternoon Everybody. He has some very entrenched opinions about that show and its spin-off, Frasier.

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Comedy Role-Reversal at Take My Wife... Instead This V-Day

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Between the release of the 50 Shades of Grey movie, Valentine's Day, and the fact that it's still too cold outside to think about getting out of bed, there's going to be plenty of weirdness taking place all over town this weekend. 

The most entertaining and non-gross of these scenarios will take place at Comedy Corner Underground, when eight of the area's most talented standup comedians celebrate the most romantic of holidays by watching their significant others attempt to perform onstage. The catch? They'll be performing their partner's material.

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Paul Oddo: "You Do Comedy and Try to Make a Name for Yourself, but It's So Subjective You Think You Might Be Crazy."

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"I'm a fine artist, painter, sculptor, and a woodworker," says comedian Paul Oddo (pronounced o-dough). "I do a lot of things like that, but that's for myself."

He stumbled onto standup comedy in his hometown of Houston, and discovered he had a knack for it. After his home club, the famous Laff Stop, closed its doors, Oddo figured it was time to relocate.

"They say L.A. is the place to go if you know people, and New York is the place to go if you don't. I didn't know anybody." So he chose the latter.

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Mike Lukas on Podcasting, Working at Disney World, Hating Standup

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"With my approach, and my kind of crazy twist on life, I feel like every show is a little bit different," says comedian Mike Lukas. "So when you come to see me you get your own time-stamp on it."

Lukas owes his unique style to the wide variety of jobs he's had in show business. It's a little surprising that standup comedy stuck, because the first few times he tried it, he didn't like it.

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The Perpetual Startup of Standup: The Comedy Corner Underground Turns 10

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When local comedian Marc Dickhut started doing standup over a decade ago, there were only a few open mics where comics could perform in the Twin Cities. "The other main one was Acme," he says. "But there would be 45 people that would sign up, and if you weren't a regular comic maybe eight guys would get up. There just weren't enough options for people to get a lot of stage time."

So Dickhut decided to create his own club in the cramped basement of West Bank's Corner Bar to help local comics get more stage time and work on their craft. Tonight, the Comedy Corner Underground celebrates its 10-year anniversary and Dickhut. Several other comics who started their careers there are coming back to perform some of their original standup sets from when the place first opened.

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