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 …

Harry Shearer Surfs the Media Waves

Harry Shearer Surfs the Media Waves

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Satirical comedian, in town to receive Ernie Kovacs Award at the Dallas VideoFest, now adds web-TV to his media with series on Richard Nixon. by Amy Martin published Friday, October 17, 2014 Dallas — Here’s my proposal. Extract some DNA from Harry Shearer and implant it in every U.S. resident. We’ll all become smarter, more savvy about politics and less …

Tim & Eric with Dr. Steve Brule: Twisted Bedtime Stories

Tim & Eric with Dr. Steve Brule: Twisted Bedtime Stories

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Twisted Bedtime Stories Comedy Central’s Tim and Eric bring their warped comedy to the Majestic, and Dr. Steve Brule (John C. Reilly) is along for the ride. by Amy Martin published Saturday, September 20, 2014   Dallas — The destruction of American mainstream pop culture will be presided over by the comedic video duo Tim & Eric, the bastard love …

Moontower Comedy Festival: Kids in the Hall

Moontower Comedy Festival: Kids in the Hall

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The Kids in the Hall, performing in Dallas tonight, dust off the rust with two shows at Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival. by Amy Martin published Sunday, April 27, 2014 Photo: Courtesy Moontower Comedy Festival Kids in the Hall at Moontower Comedy Festival Austin — The Kids in the Hall are rolling through Texas on their Rusty and Ready tour, a …

Penn & Teller: Nailed It!

Penn & Teller: Nailed It!

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Nailed It! Penn & Teller drop in on the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie for a night of daring illusions and sardonic humor. by Amy Martin published Sunday, April 14, 2013 Thrills and chills, strobe lights and explosions, tools of mortal destruction, the potential for gore and bodily injury—it’s all in a night’s work for comic illusionists Penn & Teller. …

4 Out of 5 Doctors: What’s Up, Docs?

4 Out of 5 Doctors: What’s Up, Docs?

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What’s Up, Docs? The long-running comedy troupe 4 Out of 5 Doctors takes its final bow at Pocket Sandwich Theatre. Or was it? by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 6, 2012 It’s a Tuesday night and the Pocket Sandwich Theater is packed, with all three levels full and then some. Five, then 10, then 15 minutes late, but nobody cares. …

Second City Does Dallas: The Joke’s On You

Second City Does Dallas: The Joke’s On You

The Joke’s On You As Second City Does Dallas begins a run at Dallas Theater Center, we look at the art of improv and the North Texas scene. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Improvisational comedy, the funny folks on TV with the super-quick quips doing games that evoke Charades and 20 Questions. Right? Few realize those games are …

Churchmouse Productions: Dead of Night & FTP Comedy 2012: The Last Comedy Show

Churchmouse Productions: Dead of Night & FTP Comedy 2012: The Last Comedy Show

Keeping FIT, Part 1 Reviews of the first weekend of the Festival of Independent Theatres, with entries from Churchmouse, FTP, WingSpan and One Thirty. by Amy Martin published Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Friday, July 13: Art and eclectic conversation, a little night music and cool breezes coming off the lake—a surreal contrast to the psychological horror and apocalyptic comedy of the …

Blue Man Group: Blue in the Face

Blue Man Group: Blue in the Face

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Blue in the Face The Blue Man Group returns to North Texas for an entertaining show at Bass Hall. by Amy Martin published Thursday, June 28, 2012 A show of comedy, music and technology by the Blue Man Group is performance art about performance art. It uses art to make fun of art and technology to comment on technology. It …

Capitol Steps: D.C. Comics

Capitol Steps: D.C. Comics

D.C. Comics The political satire outfit Capitol Steps brings chuckles, if not laugh-out-loud antics, to the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Wyly Theatre. by Amy Martin published Saturday, June 2, 2012 If witty wordplay and clever concepts is your thing, the Capitol Steps is for you. Enjoy the perfect pairing of “Harper Valley PTA” to the GSA’s wild party in Las …

Capitol Steps: Politi-Gags

Capitol Steps: Politi-Gags

Politi-Gags Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Steps come to the AT&T Performing Arts Center this weekend. by Amy Martin published Thursday, May 31, 2012 Here in Texas, our preachers and politicians and penchant for hyperbole are ripe for satire and parody. Capitol Steps thanks us for being so supportive of comedians with not one but two shows at the ATT Performing Arts …

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