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Madison Fall Comedy Preview 2014: Standup and improv

Fall's dropping temperatures mean it's time to head into comedy clubs and other places that can help you laugh yourself warm. This season Madison has a calendar jam-packed with excellent shows. From these, Isthmus has picked 16 you don't want to miss. Some are stocked with local favorites, and others feature famous headliners. >More
 Madison Fall Comedy Preview 2014: Say hello to the Madison Comedy Festival

Madison's reputation as a great comedy town has grown over the last several years. Comedians who normally don't play cities this size regularly stop at the Majestic and Barrymore. The Comedy Club on State has developed a reputation as one of the best comedy clubs in the country, and comedian Marc Maron went out of his way to hype it on national television. >More
 Madison Fall Comedy Preview 2014: How Atlas Improv brought Bryan Morris and Stacey Kulow together

"The number-one rule of Atlas Improv is follow your fear," says local comedian Bryan Morris. "Go after that thing you are scared of." For Morris and Stacey Kulow, following fear has led them into improv, standup comedy and acting. As Madison's comedic power couple, they've had to juggle overlapping careers in the arts with the stresses of a relationship. >More
 Judah Friedlander brings the World Champion to Comedy Club on State

Judah Friedlander is probably most recognizable to audiences as Frank Rossitano over seven seasons of NBC's 30 Rock. He has also appeared in numerous films, including American Splendor and The Wrestler. But his first love is stand-up comedy. >More
 Madland: I wasn't prepared for the reinstatement of Wisconsin's voter ID law

After Friday's oral arguments over Wisconsin's voter ID law in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, I started to write down my thoughts on the matter. >More
 Madland: Wisconsin's budget deficit was created by Scott Walker's irresponsible policies

I was not a good student in economics at UW-Madison. I regularly skipped that 11 a.m. class because I wanted to finish watching The Price is Right. I justified it by saying the "Showcase Showdown" was an exercise in market valuation. >More
 Madland: A bad compromise by Jim Doyle hurts Wisconsin's minimum wage fight today

It was painful to watch workers and their allies in Madison and Milwaukee get arrested Thursday while protesting for higher wages. I must admit, though, that Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) looked pretty badass as they put plastic cuffs on her. The arrests were also painful because it forced me to confront a difficult truth. >More
 Susan Happ for the defense

The race for Wisconsin attorney general is getting less attention than the gubernatorial race, particularly as the Democrats have a candidate other than Tom "Are you sure no one else wants to run?" Barrett this time. To try and discredit Democratic attorney general candidate Susan Happ, conservative media outlets have been running with the message that she defended some bad people while she was a defense attorney. >More
 John Doe docs reveal how Scott Walker's campaign exploited electoral flaws

In 2011 and 2012, mining company Gogebic Taconite donated $700,000 to the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth. In 2013, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill easing mining regulations, allowing Gogebic Taconite to begin work on a mine that will make Gogebic Taconite millions and millions of dollars. That looks like a pretty good return on a $700,000 investment. >More
 Madland: Don't mess with Wisconsin's open primary system

Last week's primary election was pretty sleepy, at least in Dane County. If you didn't live on the west side, the most exciting outcome was Susan Happ's winning the Democratic nomination for Attorney General over her Harley-less opponents. But over in Milwaukee County, there was a bit more on the ballot. >More
 Madland: The militarization of police is a problem -- even in Madison

You can tell things have gotten bad when I support Rand Paul's position on an issue. The police in this country have gotten too militarized, and that includes Madison too. Hell, this problem includes the police in Neenah! >More
 Madland: Matt Adamczyk and Randy Melchert race to the bottom in the Republican primary for Wisconsin State Treasurer

Outside of the "who is more progressive" race between Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck for the 78th Assembly District, there's not a whole lot for Madisonians to be excited for in this year's primary election, set for Tuesday, August 12. Well, that is until you take a look at the Republican primary for Wisconsin State Treasurer. >More
 Madland: A Wisconsin moderate's case for Mary Burke

What I am about to say isn't for people like me. It's not for the Madison liberals, or even for Middleton liberals. It's for the people who voted for Scott Walker in 2010. And in 2012. >More
 'Weird Al' Yankovic partners with Fitchburg's TruScribe to skewer corporate jargon in 'Mission Statement'

TruScribe, based in Fitchburg, is a leading producer of whiteboard videos -- those instructional or promotional videos in which illustrations are created before viewers' eyes to illustrate points made in the voice-over. Their clients include major players in the fields of healthcare, finance, non-profits, and they've even done work for NASA. But they've never had a client like "Weird Al" Yankovic. >More
 Madland: American Movie continues to resonate 15 years later

Let me take a moment and applaud this summer's programming at UW Cinematheque. It is awesome and eclectic as always, with titles that range from the Iranian ultra-meta film Close-Up to This is Spinal Tap. But nothing makes as happy as learning about it screening a 35 mm print of the Wisconsin classic American Movie. >More
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