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 …

Wayne Brady: right comic, wrong room

Wayne Brady: right comic, wrong room

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Mix Master The super talented and always funny Wayne Brady is the right comic for the wrong room at Verizon Theatre. by Amy Martin published Monday, February 16, 2015 Grand Prairie — “How can you review comedy? It’s so subjective.” It’s a matter of chops. Are they trying something different? Are they pushing their material? Was the set a jumbled …

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.   …

Comedy Beat: Sketch comedy on the rise, new improv, comic contests, stand-ups

Comedy Beat: Sketch comedy on the rise, new improv, comic contests, stand-ups

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From time to time through the year, we catch up on the local comedy beat. Here’s a look at summer and fall of 2014. by Amy Martin published Friday, December 5, 2014 Amy Martin catches up on the local comedy beat:   Sketchiness The gap between stand-up and improv is a big one, so the best development in North Texas …

The Second City: Spinning smart laughs

The Second City: Spinning smart laughs

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Who’s On Second? The legendary improv troupe Second City smartly provokes laughter at City Performance Hall in the Off-Broadway on Flora Series. by Amy Martin published Saturday, November 15, 2014 “The core of most Second City scenes is a character looking for human connection,” announced the maniacally perky Jo Feldman in a segue paying tribute to the Chicago comedy institution …

Rich Talarico: Key & Peele writer reveals how the comedy sausage is made

Rich Talarico: Key & Peele writer reveals how the comedy sausage is made

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By Amy Martin, Fri., Aug. 29, 2014 / As television comedy writers’ rooms go, few are as gregarious as Key & Peele‘s. Most of the writers have deep improvisational comedy backgrounds, among them Rich Talarico, who notes wryly, “We all have performance experience.” Emergency vehicles should probably be on-call. Mix that creative insanity with two extremely talented comedy performers, Keegan-Michael Key …

Improv Within Improv: Big Sexy Weekend of Improv – Saturday

Improv Within Improv: Big Sexy Weekend of Improv – Saturday

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Improv Within Improv Wild improv beasts in their natural domain go over the edge in the Saturday night show at Big Sexy Weekend of Improv, egged on by Oklahoma insanity. by Amy Martin published Monday, July 14, 2014   Dallas — The deeper you get into an improv festival, the more improv insular it gets. Boundaries dissolve, rules bend to …

Record Collections and Flying Pigs: Big Sexy Weekend of Improv – Friday

Record Collections and Flying Pigs: Big Sexy Weekend of Improv – Friday

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Record Collections and Flying Pigs The Friday night show at Big Sexy Weekend of Improv showcased funny females, improvisational jams, and put our reviewer through on the spot on stage. by Amy Martin published Monday, July 14, 2014 Dallas — Fair Park was a happening place on Friday night. The smell of food and the sound of bands spilled from …

Unicorn Clearance: Improv for kids way beyond mere make believe

Unicorn Clearance: Improv for kids way beyond mere make believe

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The youth long-form improv troupe Unicorn Clearance, a brainchild of Fun House Theatre and Film, will be a highlight of the Big Sexy Weekend of Improv at the Margo Jones Theatre. by Amy Martin published Thursday, July 10, 2014 Photo: Beth Schwartz James Chandler instructing the kids of Unicorn Clearance, with Jeff Swearingen at right   Dallas — Improv for …

Room to Improv: Frank Caeti & Susan Messing great improv at Dallas Comedy House

Room to Improv: Frank Caeti & Susan Messing great improv at Dallas Comedy House

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Room to Improv Frank Caeti and Susan Messing prove what makes a great improv team at the Dallas Comedy House   Good improvisers will take a short suggestion and create a series of scenes that might be realistic, or absurd, or create a world of its own logic. The audience watches funny people on stage. It’s a good evening’s entertainment. …

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival 2014 reviews

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival 2014 reviews

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   Austin on April 23 to 26, 2014   Wednesday: From Theater to Blue Humor Moontower Review: The Pajama Men Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez of Albuquerque-based comedy/theater duo bring their A-game to Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival. Austin — Don’t eat the spider or you might end up in the belly of a monster. It’s not such a bad monster. …

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