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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
 Comedy shows in Madison that topped my list in 2012

Madison's comedy lovers were spoiled rotten in 2012. Topnotch comedians from around the country performed here on a regular basis, making it difficult for even the most dedicated fan to keep track of all the shows. Here's a recap of my favorite performances. >More
 Carl LaBove sees comedians as modern-day griots

Great comedians are sages in the eyes of Carl LaBove. In the 1980s, when slapstick and impressions were at an all-time high in the world of comedy, he and his friend Sam Kinison set out to change the status quo. With a rotating cast of players dubbed the Outlaws of Comedy, they eschewed disposable one-liners in favor of brutal honesty, memorable anecdotes and well-timed delivery. >More
 Santa Claus in Madison: The jolly old elf visits a very special place

Twas the night before Christmas And all through the isthmus, All Madisonians couldn't sleep because They were awaiting the arrival of Old Santa Claus. >More
 How Michael Somerville turned a college dare into a comedy career

Michael Somerville has found himself in some strange situations during his 13-year career. Ask him about the college dare that started it all or his early work dancing in a pink bear costume for bat mitzvahs, and he'll offer all the proof you need. But his knack for self-deprecation and relationship-centered standup has opened many doors in the last decade. I asked him about his road to a comedy career before a three-night, five-show run at the Comedy Club on State Dec. 13-15. >More
 For comedian Stephen Lynch, standup plus music equals magic onstage

If Paul Simon had an evil twin brother, one whose musical talents explored themes not of love and friendship but Juggalos and acid trips at the mall, he'd no doubt sound a lot like Stephen Lynch. A self-professed "musician trapped in the body of a comedian," he's produced a handful of studio albums and two highly rated Comedy Central specials over the course of a decade. I asked Lynch about his records, his acid trips, Juggalos and making the album he's always dreamed of before his Nov. 16 performance at the Barrymore Theatre. >More
 Sklar Brothers create a comedy community: A Q&A with Randy Sklar

Randy and Jason Sklar open a three-night run at the Comedy Club on State starting Thursday. The twin brothers from St. Louis preside over one of the most successful comedy podcasts, the weekly SklarBro Country, and its shorter companion podcast, Sklarbro County. The podcast reveals the pair to be natural talk show hosts, able to riff on news and sports headlines one minute, pull a revealing personal story from a guest the next and launch into a ridiculous sketch with an impressionist after that. >More
 Voice actors John Roberts and Eugene Mirman discuss performing a Bob's Burgers episode live on stage

Several juicy ingredients make Bob's Burgers a hit among fans of Fox's animated sitcoms and critics at publications such as Paste and Slant. The show stars the Belcher family, whose struggling burger restaurant violates nearly every health code imaginable. Filled with bizarre situations and offbeat humor, their weekly misadventures are cleverly sketched out by writers from animated classics such as Dr. Katz and King of the Hill. >More
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