A Brief, Endless Love: A Sketch Comedy Revue

A Brief, Endless Love: A Sketch Comedy Revue

Photo: Matt Lyle From left: Steph Garrett, Jeremy Whiteker, Jeff Swearingen and Kim Lyle Laughter Everlasting Matt Lyle and some old friends bring the hilarious theater/sketch comedy work A Brief, Endless Love to the Dallas Comedy House. by Amy Martin published Thursday, June 8, 2017 “Love is at the core of what it means to be human. Whether you feel loved …

The Real Paula Poundstone

The Real Paula Poundstone

At the Majestic Theatre Friday night, Paula Poundstone showed the side she’s aimed to be all along. by Amy Martin published Tuesday, May 23, 2017   Dallas — There was once a wild and young Paula Poundstone, the one that honed her craft and covered her homelessness by taking buses cross country to do open mics and sleeping on the …

Q&A: Brian Regan

Q&A: Brian Regan

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Photo: Friedman Bergman The comedian, who comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park on Monday, on his career and the importance of comedy. by Amy Martin published Saturday, February 18, 2017   Dallas — Most comedians work the comedy-club circuit, rising through the ranks if lucky and determined to headliner status at major clubs. Then what? The leap to …

Scotch on the Rocks: Craig Ferguson

Scotch on the Rocks: Craig Ferguson

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Craig Ferguson does a night of scattered but funny stand-up at the Winspear Opera House. by Amy Martin published Saturday, February 18, 2017 Dallas — You could almost hear the conductor say, “Step right up, the Craig Ferguson ride is about to begin. Fasten your seatbelts.” And insert your earplugs. Raucous rock music blared through the Margot and Bill Winspear …

Gad is Watching You

Gad is Watching You

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French-Moroccan comedian Gad Elmaleh brings a different crowd, and a lot of laughs, to the Texas Theatre. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, February 1, 2017   Dallas — Friday night on the Jefferson strip—the Mexican restaurants were hopping, sidewalks were full of high-spirited people, and mobile parties rolled down the road. The closer you got to the Texas Theater, the …

The Comedy Cabinet: 2016 in Review

The Comedy Cabinet: 2016 in Review

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Photo: Courtesy Ryan Singer Chief Comedy Critic Amy Martin gives cabinet positions to her favorite performers of the year. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 29, 2016 If comedians ruled the nation it would be a far better place. Most are honest in communications and rabid against hypocrisy. They’d be vastly more intelligent, educated, and even ethical than the upcoming …

Jay Leno: Cautious Comedy

Jay Leno: Cautious Comedy

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Photo: Courtesy ATTPAC Jay Leno gave a well-written, if safe and predictable, stand-up comedy show at AT&T Performing Arts Center. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 8, 2016 Dallas — Jay Leno, freed from the restrictions and conventions of broadcast television, has returned to his stand-up roots of irreverent, piercing commentary. Right? Alas, no. After a rapid-fire series of one-liners …

Holiday Humor Roundup

Holiday Humor Roundup

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Chief Comedy Critic Amy Martin on the laughs you shouldn’t miss in December, from sketch to stand-up to a Fun House experience. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, November 30, 2016   After this excruciating election season, conversations around the family holiday dinner table may be a bit tense. Prep yourself with a hearty dose of humor. Fun House Theatre and …

Comedy of Critical Thinking: Robert Dubac

Comedy of Critical Thinking: Robert Dubac

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Robert Dubac’s The Book of Moron, currently at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, is incredibly smart and very funny. by Amy Martin published Saturday, November 19, 2016   Richardson —  “If thinking were easy, everyone would do it.” This tagline from The Book of Moron is why I love comedy and comedians. In the latest theatrical laugh-fest from creator Robert …

Elect Laughter: Second City’s Unelectable You

Elect Laughter: Second City’s Unelectable You

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Photo: Kirsten Miccoli The Second City’s Unelectable You The Second City wins in a landslide with its smart, funny Unelectable You: The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Political Revue at the Majestic Theatre. by Amy Martin published Friday, November 4, 2016 Dallas — Fairly early on in Unelectable You: The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Political Revue, presented Tuesday at the Majestic Theatre …

Ask Me Another: Brain Teasers and Belly Laughs

Ask Me Another: Brain Teasers and Belly Laughs

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Photo: Dan Dion of Ophira Eisenberg Ding-ding-ding! A chat with Ophira Eisenberg and Art Chung of NPR’s Ask Me Another, which comes to the Majestic Theatre Tuesday. by Amy Martin published Saturday, September 24, 2016   Dallas — National Public Radio presides over a wide-ranging Renaissance of brainy quiz and game shows. The well-known Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! mixes news and …

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