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COMEDY

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
 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
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