The Coarse Actor Rises: Fifth Coarse

The Coarse Actor Rises: Fifth Coarse

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Photo: Alan Abair Photography: The Coarse Actor Rises at Pegasus Theatre Fifth Coarse Pegasus Theatre revives one of its franchises with a new Kurt Kleinmann play, The Coarse Actor Rises. by Amy Martin published Monday, August 15, 2016 Dallas — When a theatrical production starts with cuts from “Weird Al” Yankovic’s most classic album and ends with Ethel Merman belting out …

The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

on Comedy

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 …

Upright, All Night: Upright Citizens Brigade review

Upright, All Night: Upright Citizens Brigade review

on Comedy

The Upright Citizens Brigrade Touring Company engages in excellent long-form improv at Dallas City Performance Hall. by Amy Martin published Monday, August 1, 2016 Dallas — Just go. That’s great advice whenever a top-flight improvisational comedy group comes through town. Even if you’ve never watched a national improv ensemble before. Even if the only improv you’ve seen is based on …

Review: Aaron Aryanpur | Backdoor Comedy Club | Doubletree Hotel

Review: Aaron Aryanpur | Backdoor Comedy Club | Doubletree Hotel

on Comedy

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 …

Parodist Found: “Weird Al” Yankovic review

Parodist Found: “Weird Al” Yankovic review

on Comedy

Photo by Kyle Cassidy    At AT&T Performing Arts Center, Weird Al Yankovic proves why his genius song parodies have kept him popular for four decades. by Amy Martin published Tuesday, July 19, 2016   Dallas — It was the summer of 2013 and I was sitting in Dream Café in Addison. A rather infectious pop song caught my ear, seemed …

Review: Rush Limbaugh in Night School

Review: Rush Limbaugh in Night School

on Comedy

Photo: Chuck Marcelo of Alex Duva   Charlie Varon’s satire is played for maximum laughs by the young, talented actors of Fun House Theatre and Film. by Amy Martin published Sunday, July 10, 2016 Dallas — Could there be anything more appropriate for these times than Rush Limbaugh in blackface playing Othello while he pines for a ‘60s feminist left-wing radical …

Dork Matter:  Jackie Kashian review

Dork Matter: Jackie Kashian review

on Comedy

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

on Comedy

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 …

Q&A with comedian Elayne Boosler

Q&A with comedian Elayne Boosler

on Comedy

Photo: Elayne Boosler The comic, who performs at the Kessler Theater Thursday, on her career in comedy and her passion for animal rescue groups. by Amy Martin published Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Dallas — If you were into comedy in the ‘80s, you were into Elayne Boosler. She was everywhere. Touring, television, talk shows — omnipresent on the Late Show …

Poll My Finger: Babes in Electionland

Poll My Finger: Babes in Electionland

on Comedy

Fun House Theatre and Film and improv troupe The Victims gear up for political comedy with Babes in Electionland Plano — Children writing about adults being childish. Such is the state of politics today and the premise of Babes in Electionland, a sketch comedy show written by the young actors of Fun House Theatre and Film and performed this weekend …

Kyle Kinane at Amphibian Stage Productions standup comedy series

Kyle Kinane at Amphibian Stage Productions standup comedy series

on Comedy

Fort Worth — Kyle Kinane seemed like an odd choice to kick off a comedy series at a cerebral theater like Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth. He dresses like a lumberjack, has a beard big enough for birds to nest in, and his Twitter feed reads like missives from a reprobate on the road. And in his wanton way, …

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