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Drunk Wisconsin: Is it time to admit we have a problem?

My name is Wisconsin, and I have a drinking problem. >More
 The most memorable Madison comedy shows of 2013

Lots of national comedy acts visited Madison in 2013, making it a great year for folks who enjoy everything from political satire to personal anecdotes. Here are five of my favorites, plus a few honorable mentions. >More
 Laugh your way into 2014 with Vine videos by Chris Lay

Five seconds long and set on repeat, Vine videos are full of comedy potential. One of several prolific viners around Madison, comedian Chris Lay has embraced the medium enthusiastically, finding humor in snapshots of the mundane. >More
 Hunger Games parody The Hungry, Hungry Games fills bellies with laughs at Overture

The Hungry, Hungry Games comes from the masterminds behind Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, complete with rap battles, a twisted romance and mutant bears. It honors Suzanne Collins' 2008 novel, The Hunger Games -- and the 2012 movie it inspired -- by satirizing it. The show was staged at the Capitol Theater on Friday and Saturday. >More
 RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons is a funny, fabulous celebration of gender play

Madison got all kinds of fabulous last Thursday when RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons sashayed into the Barrymore for the night. If you're familiar with the Logo television show, you'll know it features drag queens competing to be America's "next drag superstar." Sort of an America's Next Top Model where RuPaul replaces Tyra and the "ladies" are tucked as well as tweezed. >More
 Ditching the D-list: Kathy Griffin breaks a world record for televised standup

Though Kathy Griffin made a name for herself on the Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, she's anything but a D-lister. The actress and comedian has won two Emmys, had a book on the bestsellers list, acted in more than 40 films, and even hung out with Ke$ha's mom. >More
 How Scott Walker wins the White House!

Thank you all for coming. Today, we form... the Committee to Elect President Scott Walker. >More
 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan digests fame and frustration in his act

Midway through a conversation with comedian Tracy Morgan, I present the synopsis of a hypothetical film called Being Tracy Morgan. A sequel to Being John Malkovich, Spike Jonze's bizarre 1999 tale about identity and self-awareness, it would revolve around some teenagers who discover a magical refrigerator that leads into Morgan's mind and body. If such a movie were to be made, I ask, what would its genre be? What kinds of images would people see? >More
 Comedian Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation tells Madison how to live

Nick Offerman has opinions. "American Ham," his one-man show at the Barrymore Theatre on Saturday, was less a standup act than a treatise on vegetarians (dead wrong), the Bible (mostly wrong) and elf genitalia (velvety). During the first of his two sold-out performances, Offerman laid out his 10 tips for better living. >More
 Comedian Erin Foley has been bitten by the acting bug

A seldom-discussed pastime of many standup comedians is sitting, as in those offstage moments they can take a seat and be alone with their thoughts. But don't expect to find Erin Foley kicking back on a La-Z-Boy before her standup sets. It seems like she's been living on a treadmill since entering the comedy circuit nearly a decade ago. I asked her about her journey to Hollywood before her upcoming trip to Madison's Comedy Club on State, where she'll perform Thursday, Jan. 17, through Saturday, Jan. 19. >More
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