Alex Cole Rings in the New Year

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There's a bevy of comedy shows in and around the Twin Cities this New Year's Eve that promise to be hilarious. (Also, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is performing.) But the last big night of 2008 has to be Alex Cole's two-show stand at The Joke Joint.

Cole is the founder of the Minneapolis Comedy All-Stars and helped launch the Twin Cities comedy scene in a period noted historian Stephen Ambrose often refers to as "back in the day." He's since gone on to achieve success as a writer and actor, appearing in films and plays -- plus he's made some scratch appearing in commercials. Good for Alex Cole. But the man of many talents returns to the medium that started it all on Wednesday for what he's billing as his first New Year's show in fifteen years. 

In a nice bit of parallelism, old-guard comic Cole will be paired with Mike Brody, one of the local scene's brightest new stars. Seeing the two perform back-to-back should make for an interesting contrast, with Brody's funnier-every-day emerging talent showcased alongside Cole's road-tested act. A pro's pro and an Minneapolis's emerging "it" comic -- not a bad way to ring in 2009. And if the $30 pricetag is too rich for your blood -- you cheapskate -- you can catch Brody during the Joke Joint's regular Thursday-to-Saturday run with Amber Preston and Tim Harmston.


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