Demetri Martin: Alternating Realities

Demetri Martin: Alternating Realities

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Comedian Demetri Martin has an interesting, and funny, take on the world, as proven in his Majestic Theatre gig. by Amy Martin It’s a funny thing and what makes stand-up comedy unique. People pay money to experience not just what a person thinks but how they think—the logic, the reality, how they perceive and process the world, the entire frame …

The Real Paula Poundstone

The Real Paula Poundstone

At the Majestic Theatre Friday night, Paula Poundstone showed the side she’s aimed to be all along. by Amy Martin published Tuesday, May 23, 2017   Dallas — There was once a wild and young Paula Poundstone, the one that honed her craft and covered her homelessness by taking buses cross country to do open mics and sleeping on the …

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 …

The Comedy Cabinet: 2016 in Review

The Comedy Cabinet: 2016 in Review

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Photo: Courtesy Ryan Singer Chief Comedy Critic Amy Martin gives cabinet positions to her favorite performers of the year. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 29, 2016 If comedians ruled the nation it would be a far better place. Most are honest in communications and rabid against hypocrisy. They’d be vastly more intelligent, educated, and even ethical than the upcoming …

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 …

The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

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Men, Explained At the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Robert Dubac takes the one-man show about men and relationships to another level with The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? by Amy Martin published Monday, August 29, 2016   Richardson — Funny thing about one-man shows on men and relationships (Defending the Caveman, et al.): people attend as couples or groups …

Review: Aaron Aryanpur | Backdoor Comedy Club | Doubletree Hotel

Review: Aaron Aryanpur | Backdoor Comedy Club | Doubletree Hotel

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Spite Flight Dallas comic Aaron Aryanpur celebrates the release of his new CD In Spite Of, which was briefly No.1 on the iTunes Comedy charts, with a show at Backdoor Comedy Club. by Amy Martin published Monday, August 1, 2016 Aaron Aryanpur is a man of process. Those who’ve followed his career for more than a decade have watched his evolution from …

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 …

Believe in Laughter: Ryan Singer review

Believe in Laughter: Ryan Singer review

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Ryan Singer deftly mixes the mind-expanding and the not-so-heady in Amphibian Stage Productions’ Stand-Up Comedy series.   by Amy Martin published Saturday, May 21, 2016 Fort Worth — Let us be glad for the Ohio Dogman, Midwest’s version of Bigfoot. Without being regaled with its tales for much of his childhood, the belief-embracing, consciousness-expanding aspects of comedian Ryan Singer might …

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