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 …

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 …

Dork Matter:  Jackie Kashian review

Dork Matter: Jackie Kashian review

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Jackie Kashian ventures out of the Dork Forest and into Amphibian Stage Productions’ stand-up comedy series. by Amy Martin published Saturday, June 11, 2016 Photo: Michael Helms Fort Worth — Jackie Kashian is a buccaneer of liberal wit who exudes smart nimble verbal swordplay, able to eviscerate Trump with remarkably few words. She’s a one-woman stupidity detector, exposing the frontal-cortex …

Poll My Finger: Babes in Electionland

Poll My Finger: Babes in Electionland

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Fun House Theatre and Film and improv troupe The Victims gear up for political comedy with Babes in Electionland Plano — Children writing about adults being childish. Such is the state of politics today and the premise of Babes in Electionland, a sketch comedy show written by the young actors of Fun House Theatre and Film and performed this weekend …

The Year in Comedy

The Year in Comedy

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Photo: Phillip Allen The Naughty Bits, an offspring of Pegasus Theatre   Amy Martin wraps up the changing and growing local comedy and variety scene in North Texas in 2015, from stand-up to improv to sketch to circus. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 31, 2015 Dallas — As spotty as my comedy attendance was this year, one thing is …

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