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Comedy Review: Jay Mohr at Rock on the Range

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Review: Jay Mohr at Rock on the Range

Funny and fearless, Mohr wears his 29 years in the industry with humility, honesty - and unrelenting humor

Jay Mohr and I had something in common on Friday: it was our first appearance at a rock festival. My wife Julie and I arrived at Mapfre Stadium dressed in our suburban wear, looking like we had gotten lost on our way to dinner in the Short North. We were clearly not going to be […]

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Comedy Preview: Jay Mohr

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Jay Mohr

The veteran comedian, talk show host, and author will take the stage during Rock on the Range at Mapfre Stadium on Friday, May 20th

Here’s some unsolicited advice for anyone wishing to interview people for publication: record your conversations with two devices. If one happens to fail, you likely won’t have to experience the moment of sheer terror when you realize the amazing 45-minute tête-à-tête you just had with Jay Mohr has vanished into thin air. Fully and completely. I was […]

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Comedy Preview: #Hashtag Comedy’s “TBD: The Musical!”

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: #Hashtag Comedy’s “TBD: The Musical!”

The busy local improv company brings together heaps of the city's comedy talent to stage a full-length unscripted musical on May 13 and May 27

Throughout its history, musical theater has imitated, defined, and reinvigorated popular culture. It’s delved into fantasy (The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and romance (Oklahoma!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). It’s re-introduced us to past events and bygone eras (Hamilton, Grease, Evita), and has been an important vehicle for political and […]

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Comedy Film Festival Returns to Studio 35

Hope Madden Hope Madden Comedy Film Festival Returns to Studio 35

The second annual Studio 35 Cinema Comedy Film Festival kicks off this Friday, April 29, running all weekend and showcasing unseen comedy shorts and features. Festival programmer Tim Baldwin says he’d long wanted to do a film festival at Studio 35 “I always thought I could do one, and Eric Brembeck, owner of Studio 35, […]

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Flight of the Conchords Landing in Columbus on June 14

Walker Evans Walker Evans Flight of the Conchords Landing in Columbus on June 14

Folk comedy duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are reuniting this summer for a new Flight of the Conchords US tour, which includes a stop in Columbus. The shows will the be the first for the band since 2014, which will include new songs as well as classic material from their first two albums. “I’m thrilled to […]

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Ever Wonder What it Takes to do Improv? #Hashtag Comedy Spills

Grant Walters Grant Walters Ever Wonder What it Takes to do Improv? #Hashtag Comedy Spills

One of Columbus' veteran improv teams, #Hashtag Comedy lives out its motto "Make People Happy" on stage and behind the scenes.

As an improv dilettante, I’m still learning a lot about what it means to share the stage with other actors without the guidance of scripts and cues. What I do know for certain is that no amount of technique, experience, or talent will make an unscripted show work if the improvisers don’t trust or take […]

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Improv Receiving a Dedicated Stage in Columbus

Grant Walters Grant Walters Improv Receiving a Dedicated Stage in Columbus

Celebrated Chicago-based improv duo Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto will open the city's first dedicated theater and training center later this year.

I don’t know if most people go to their first improv comedy show expecting a life-changing experience. I didn’t.  I was in my junior year of college living in a suburb of Vancouver, a city so entrenched in the performing arts that it’s been dubbed “Hollywood North.” Although my friends and I rarely had any […]

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