Oddball Comedy & Oddity Festival: A comics sampler satisfies

Oddball Comedy & Oddity Festival: A comics sampler satisfies

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Schumer and Ansari take on today’s singles scene at the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, with Ansari getting in the most pointed jabs. by Amy Martin published Tuesday, October 20, 2015   Dallas — There is a musicality about the diverse tastes of comedy-fest audiences. A comedian’s routine might elicit low chuckles, bright laughs, loud guffaws, surprised gasps, guttural moans, …

Improv Round-Up

Improv Round-Up

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Comedy critic Amy Martin checks in with improv happenings around town. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, September 23, 2015   Dallas — Here’s the latest report from Chief Comedy Critic Amy Martin about improv and comedy happenings around town:   The Big Guy Fun House Theatre and Filmr presents Woody Allen’s philosophical comedy God with Matt Lyle at the directorial …

Goofing Around: review of Hopped Up on Goofballs Cabaret

Goofing Around: review of Hopped Up on Goofballs Cabaret

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Clowns Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley introduced their monthly Hopped Up on Goofballs Cabaret at Pocket Sandwich Theatre with laughs and, well, balls.   by Amy Martin published Friday, September 4, 2015   What’s a little vaudeville between friends? The New York Goofs pal around with a few friends from Lone Star Circus and others in a new variety show, …

Naughty and Nice: Pegasus Theatre finds something funny for everyone with The Naughty Bits

Naughty and Nice: Pegasus Theatre finds something funny for everyone with The Naughty Bits

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Still, it could be naughtier. It was bound to happen. The Margo Jones Theater creative hothouse that is Nouveau 47 has spun out quirky theater, variety shows, and crazed readings. Sketch revue was sure to be next, especially with humorous wordsmith Jim Kuenzer on the N47 board. Fuse that with the madness of Pegasus Theatre’s actors and auteur Kurt Kleinmann, …

Get Some Big Sexy… Weekend of Improv

Get Some Big Sexy… Weekend of Improv

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A quick preview for Alternative Comedy Theater’s 7th Annual Big Sexy Weekend of Improv by Amy Martin published Friday, June 26, 2015   Big Sexy Weekend of Improv returns for its seventh year, spanning two locations: Margo Jones Theater in Fair Park for most of the festival and Pocket Sandwich Theater for the late shows. A co-production of the Alternative …

Dallas Solo Fest Review: …And Then I Woke Up

Dallas Solo Fest Review: …And Then I Woke Up

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Photo: Robert Hart Kris Noteboom has some promising moments and material for his solo performance debut at the Dallas Solo Fest, but could still work out the kinks and nervousness. by Amy Martin published Saturday, June 6, 2015   Dallas — It’s a toss-up as to what was more entertaining: Kris Noteboom’s full-length solo performance debut in …And Then I …

Baron Vaughn: A theatrical experience of stand-up comedy

Baron Vaughn: A theatrical experience of stand-up comedy

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Photo: Anya Garrett The comic and Grace and Frankie co-star returns to his theater roots while confounding assumptions of race and stand-up comedy. He does two performances at Amphibian Stage Productions this weekend. With ticket giveaway.  by Amy Martin   Fort Worth — Baron Vaughn dances the line between stand-up comedy and acting. A lot of comics get screen roles …

Alternative Comedy Theate: The Victims — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

Alternative Comedy Theate: The Victims — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

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The Victims and friends show how improv comedy is done at Out of the Loop. by Amy Martin published Sunday, March 8, 2015 Addison — The lovely folks at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival reserve seats for the press with excellent sightlines. The problem is that it gives improvisational comedians a direct line of sight and quick access …

Comedy A Go Go : Hometown talent breaking big, Dallas Comedy Festival 2015 doubles the fun

Comedy A Go Go : Hometown talent breaking big, Dallas Comedy Festival 2015 doubles the fun

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Jamie Lee of Girl Code returns home to headline   Some comics hailing from North Texas who make it big lingered here a while and bonded with the comedy community. Cristela Alonzo, for instance. Others, such as Iliza Shlesinger, pretty much split right after graduating high school. Jamie Lee knew early on she wanted to be a comedian and quickly …

The Year in Comedy

The Year in Comedy

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From big stand-up names to local favorites, the local comedy scene expanded in 2014; but we want more. by Amy Martin published Tuesday, December 30, 2014   Each year, more comedy shows and events enliven North Texas. It’s a good trend. Bit by bit, the conservative façade of comedy in Dallas is eroding. Here’s what stood out in 2014.   …

Linda Stogner and Jan Norton: Laugh Bringers

Linda Stogner and Jan Norton: Laugh Bringers

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The women behind the long-running Backdoor Comedy Club had a great year, and they’re looking forward to more. by Amy Martin published Monday, December 29, 2014   Power women rock the comedy world in Dallas, but none of them have deeper roots than Linda Stogner and her business partner Jan Norton. These two comedy mavens have kept the Backdoor Comedy …

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