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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Paul Scheer Talks TV, Comedy, and Magic Tricks Before Wits

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Even if you don't know his name, you're probably a fan of Paul Scheer. 

Maybe you know him as Andre, the fashion-challenged plastic surgeon on The League. Perhaps you're familiar with his work as one of the members of MTV's Human Giant. You've possibly seen him on Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV. Or, most recently, you might have seen him on this season's breakout sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. Regardless of where you know him from, Scheer has consistently appeared in some of the funniest TV shows, podcasts, and web programs of the past decade. This week, he'll make his debut on Minnesota Public Radio's Wits, alongside musical guest Neko Case. Before he takes the stage, we chatted with Scheer about his constantly evolving career, magic tricks, and why he was scared he'd pissed off Wits host John Moe.

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Ali Wong on Writing for Fresh Off the Boat

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Many comedians have a goal to star in a TV sitcom. Others hope for a writing gig on such a show. Comedian Ali Wong didn't strive for either, yet she wound up on the writing staff of ABC's Fresh Off the Boat. The show is about a Taiwanese-American family living in Orlando in the 1990s. In a recent review, City Pages stated that the show was "quietly changing the network sitcom."

The show has also changed Wong's career.

"I never wanted to be a TV writer," she explains.


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Stand Up! Records Releases Rare Joan Rivers Album for Record Store Day

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Joan Rivers death late last year left the comedy world rattled. The legendary titan devoted over 50 years of her life to the craft, and managed to remain as relevant as any of her peers in the final years of her life.

This Saturday, fans will get a glimpse into Rivers's early days as an emerging comic with the Record Store Day re-release of The Next To Last Joan Rivers Album by locally-based comedy label Stand Up! Records. The album has long been out of print.

See also:

Record Store Day 2015: Twin Cities Events Guide


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Bridget Everett: "Minneapolis Is a Safe Place to Go Hog Wild."

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"I know that I can't motorboat people forever."

This statement is the embodiment of "Bridget Everett problems."

The 42-year-old alt-cabaret performer has been making waves over the past several years, but has hit her stride in the past 12 months thanks to her appearances on shows like Inside Amy Schumer, along with film roles, like one in the upcoming Trainwreck scheduled to be released this summer. 

Although she's making waves in the mainstream, Everett is still best known for her incredible voice, hilarious and fearless performances, and, well, tits. 

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Jon Lovitz on SNL, Friends, and a Casting Call with Al Franken

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Many Saturday Night Live cast members have said that they always dreamed of being on the show someday. Not Jon Lovitz.

"It never crossed my mind, honestly," he says. This includes his time spent in the famous Groundlings in the early 1980s. "I never went to the Groundlings thinking, 'This will help get me on Saturday Night Live.'"


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Emo Philips on Voice Acting, Businesses He Visits in Minnesota

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Emo Philips is a comedy legend. For a generation, he's been entertaining audiences and influencing other comics with his blend of misdirection and odd-but-clever punchlines. Philips, how is a bit shy about doing interviews, was kind enough to answer some questions via what he likes to call the "internet machine."


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Joel McHale: "I'll be at The Soup Until I Die, Which is Probably Only a Few Days From Now"

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At this time last year, Joel McHale was freaking out. That's because he was preparing to host the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner, where he would be performing in front of undoubtedly the most powerful audience he'd ever seen.

"I don't think I'll ever be nervous about anything again, ever," says the long-time host of The Soup. "I could be defusing a nuclear bomb and I'll be like, 'This is easy compared to doing the White House dinner.'"

The actor/comedian/host is known for his calm, cool demeanor and razor-sharp wit, but even after two decades in the entertainment industry, McHale found himself star struck. 


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Standup April Richardson on Pep Talks with Billy Bragg, Meeting R.E.M.'s Mike Mills as a Teen

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It was her love of music that ultimately led April Richardson to try standup for the first time, as she was personally urged to do so by British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. The two are close friends.

Richardson was a fan of both comedy and music for as long as she can remember. She doesn't know if one came before the other. "I got my first Smiths tape when I was 12, and that pretty much opened the floodgates," she says. "But around the same time I saw Bob Odenkirk on TV, so they were probably side by side."


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