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Comedy Preview: Travis Irvine & Dustin Meadows

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Travis Irvine & Dustin Meadows

Two of Columbus' best-known stand-up comedians are joining forces this week to record new comedy albums during back-to-back shows at MadLab Theatre

Columbus’ comedy community is growing steadily, and the traction it’s gained since I moved here almost four years ago is quite remarkable. On almost any night of the week now, you can find a stand-up, sketch, or improv show worthy of a big-city following. Comedians Travis Irvine and Dustin Meadows remember when local laughs were […]

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Comedy Preview: Myq Kaplan

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Myq Kaplan

To say that Myq Kaplan’s material is unconventionally layered and endearingly offbeat only goes a certain distance in illustrating what makes him one of the most unique stand-up comedians in the industry. It’s probably good, then, that he’ll be on stage in Columbus on Thursday night at the Grandview Theatre & Drafthouse, so you can […]

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See Short North Stage’s Frenetic, Funny Spamalot Through April 15

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Short North Stage’s Frenetic, Funny Spamalot Through April 15

The first – to my knowledge – locally created production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, Broadway’s hit adaptation of Monty Python and The Holy Grail by Python troupe member Eric Idle (Book, Lyrics, co-write Music) and John Du Prez (co-write Music) opened Thursday at Short North Stage in a stellar production directed and choreographed by Edward Carignan. Spamalot follows the bones […]

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Interview: Erik Tait

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Erik Tait

The local stand-up comedian and magician will fuse the genres in his newest show, "Please Shuffle The Cards" at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro on Tuesday night

In a time when it seems nearly impossible not to get baited, switched, defrauded, scammed, misled, or faked out,  it’s nice to know people like Erik Tait are working diligently to delude us with at least a certain level of enchantment. In fact, he’s hoping you’ll buy a ticket to watch him commit out-and-out subterfuge […]

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Interview: Patton Oswalt

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Patton Oswalt

Following his award-winning special and album "Talking for Clapping," the acclaimed comedian, author, and actor brings a fresh batch of material to the Palace Theatre tonight

Patton Oswalt brilliantly lampooning NPR on his 2006 Comedy Central special No Reason to Complain remains one of my favorite bits by any stand-up comic, and I’ve faithfully gobbled up everything he’s produced since with reckless moth-to-a-flame glee. Oswalt’s anecdotal humor is unabashedly rife with geek-ery — the stuff of dreams for nerds like myself […]

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Comedy Preview: Shawn Wayans

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Shawn Wayans

An indelible force in the Wayans family comedy dynasty, the performer, actor, writer, and producer comes to Columbus for a limited engagement at the Funny Bone this weekend

Shawn Wayans grew up in what is certainly one of the funniest households in America, although the collective comedic potential he shared with his nine siblings was something that allegedly didn’t occur to him early on. “I didn’t know…We were just doing it because it was fun to do,” he explained during a phone conversation […]

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Photos: Steve Byrne at Columbus Funny Bone

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Steve Byrne at Columbus Funny Bone

Watching comedian, actor, and writer Steve Byrne wax about marriage, racial stereotyping, the election – and almost everything in between – made a compelling case as to why he’s been working non-stop for the past twenty years. Byrne effortlessly engaged those in attendance with a significant amount of new material, referring every so often to […]

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