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Comedian Doug Stanhope stands up to convention

Every once in a while, there comes a comedian who enchants audiences with a beautiful message about how laughter helps people face life's adversities. Doug Stanhope is not that comedian. Chances are good that Stanhope hates that sort of comedian -- and probably you, too, if you're into that kind of performance. >More
 Paula Poundstone garners laughs in the stacks and onstage

If Paula Poundstone wasn't a comedian, she might be a librarian. In addition to serving as a panelist on the popular NPR quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, she's the spokesperson of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations. I asked her about her less bookish habits -- stand-up and improv -- during a recent phone call. >More
 Rachel Feinstein is a stand-up gangsta, yo

Rachel Feinstein acts like a stand-up comedian, but she thinks like a hip-hop DJ. There's just one big difference: Her samples don't come from songs. They're drawn from the speech and street noise of New York City, her adopted home. >More
 Eddie Pence is a master of physical humor

Comedian Eddie Pence recently attended his 20th high school reunion in Virginia. The experience was a bit of a brain scrambler for Pence, 38, who's appearing at the Comedy Club on State Aug. 2-4. To his surprise, many former classmates had been following his standup career over the years. Others, who had been unaware of his profession, quickly pulled out cellphones after hearing the news and began searching for videos of his performances. >More
 Funny or die: Would-be improv comedian tries out for Monkey Business Institute

The idea of the game is as simple as it is terrifying. In front of a room full of strangers, I'm presented with a key word and a musical style. Instrumental accompaniment will begin and, within seconds, I'm to improvise a song. "Your theme is burglary," says Sarah Rogers, one of the owners of Monkey Business Institute. "And the style is swing." >More
 Jerrod Carmichael made the leap to L.A.'s top clubs

Back in his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C., 24-year-old comedian Jerrod Carmichael is taking a brief vacation at his parents' house, doing all the things he can't do while touring. Sleeping a lot, for example, as well as consuming an abundant amount of ice cream cake. >More
 Comedian Isaac Witty keeps it clean

While other children hung onto idealistic dreams like being the next Michael Jordan, Minneapolis-based comedian Isaac Witty always knew he wanted to be a comedian. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Witty spent much of his early childhood traveling with minister parents who performed Christian sketch comedy at religious venues across the country. Witty saw the audiences' reaction and got the strong desire to perform. >More
 Place your bets! A gambler's guide to the Walker recall election

The recall election pits Republican Gov. Scott Walker against Democratic challenger Tom Barrett on June 5. This election will shape politics and policy in Wisconsin for years to come. But that's not important. You just want to know which candidate to put some money down on in Vegas. Our Isthmus oddsmakers will tell you who has the advantage in every area that could shape this election. >More
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