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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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 Bo Burnham connects via social media -- to a point

No one foresaw the meteoric rise of musical comedian Bo Burnham. In 2008, at age 18, was posting YouTube videos of satirical songs he'd composed on a keyboard in his room. By 2010, Burnham had attracted millions of followers. >More
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