Life’s Rich Pageant: Writer-performer Rich Talarico

Life’s Rich Pageant: Writer-performer Rich Talarico

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Life’s Rich Pageant Writer-performer Rich Talarico, appearing at Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival this week, taps into improvisation to create award-winning Key & Peele sketches. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Austin — How to win a Peabody Award: Take two extremely talented comedy performers, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Add two very creative and supportive executive producers, Jay …

Alternative Comedy Theater: Comedy Central?

Alternative Comedy Theater: Comedy Central?

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Comedy Central? Dallas needs lots more comedy venues, and Alternative Comedy Theater hopes to open a new one this summer–with a little help from friends. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Could Dallas become a great comedy city like, say, Chicago? The thing that makes Chicago a great place for improvisational comedy isn’t only The Second City. It’s …

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival 2014 preview

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival 2014 preview

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Moontower Heads Up With more than 100 comics in four days, Austin’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival is a comedy marathon by Amy Martin published Sunday, March 30, 2014 Photo: Natalie Brasington Maria Bamford Austin — As a Dallasite, it’s hard to not drip with envy about Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival kicking off its third year in Austin on April …

Catching Up on the Comedy Beat

Catching Up on the Comedy Beat

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  Catching Up on the Comedy Beat Chief Comedy Critic Amy Martin gets us up to date with comedy happenings in North Texas and beyond. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, March 26, 2014   Photo: TBS Conan O’Brien Conan Does Dallas Conan O’Brien, the late night host on TBS, is taping a week of episodes at the Majestic Theater from …

Dallas Comedy Festival 2014 reviews

Dallas Comedy Festival 2014 reviews

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Coverage of the Dallas Comedy Festival, March 18-22, 2014, at TheaterJones.   Dallas Comedy Festival, Day 1 The Dallas Comedy House’s fifth annual festival kicks off on a high note with standup Rory Scovel. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Photo: Courtesy Rory Scovel Dallas — It may be that growing up in Greenville, S. C., permanently warps …

Ryan Stiles Plays Nice

Ryan Stiles Plays Nice

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Ryan Stiles Plays Nice   An interview with the lanky star of Whose Line is it Anyway?, who is in town for his own version of the show, called Whose Live Anyway? by Amy Martin published Tuesday, May 14, 2013   Ryan Stiles, the reddish blonde comedian with the physique and lopping physicality of a great blue heron, is best known for …

Dallas Comedy Festival 2013 reviews

Dallas Comedy Festival 2013 reviews

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March 28-31, 2013 photo: Courtesy Sean Flannery Blacking Out, on the Spot Amy Martin writes about Tuesday and Wednesday happenings in the Dallas Comedy Festival, including Sean Flannery’s The Blackout Diaries. by Amy Martin published Thursday, March 28, 2013 2 comments The theme of the Tuesday opening night of the Dallas Comedy Festival seemed to be how we were all …

Creatively Wide with Comedy Central star Keegan-Michael Key

Creatively Wide with Comedy Central star Keegan-Michael Key

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Creatively Wide Comedy Central star Keegan-Michael Key talks about the joys of participating in an event like the Dallas Comedy Festival. by Amy Martin published Thursday, March 28, 2013 Keegan-Michael Key is coming to Dallas to play. Not to be a star—though he could easily do that since his Comedy Central series Key & Peele is such a hit—and not …

Dallas Comedy Festival 2013 preview

Dallas Comedy Festival 2013 preview

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Laugh Tracks Comedy Central stars Keegan-Michael Key and Maribeth Monroe headline the Dallas Comedy Festival, which begins this week. by Amy Martin published Sunday, March 24, 2013 Live events are always bound in the moment, creating something unique in place and time. Comedy shows are even more so, because there’s no predicting what a comedian is likely to say, especially …

Comedy Beat: More Festivals, More Clubs

Comedy Beat: More Festivals, More Clubs

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Comedy Beat: More Festivals, More Clubs Amy Martin catches-s-s-s-s up with what’s going on in the local comedy scene. Yes, there’s a snake-handling stand-up magician. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Life is better when you laugh. Here’s a quick scan of the latest in North Texas comedy.   Comedy Festivals The Dallas Comedy Festival kicks off March …

Year in Review 2012: Comedy

Year in Review 2012: Comedy

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Year in Review: Comedy Comedy writer Amy Martin looks at the comedy scene, with local and national acts, in 2012. by Amy Martin published Sunday, December 30, 2012 Comedians are the ninjas of performing arts, using stealth, speed and surprise to complete their mission of killing the audience. I have loved these folks since I was six years old and …

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