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Comedy Preview: Hannibal Buress at South Drive-In

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Hannibal Buress at South Drive-In

Supporting his latest special, "Miami Nights," with a limited drive-in tour, the acclaimed comedian makes a stop in Columbus on Saturday night

Hannibal Buress’ newest comedy special, Miami Nights, opens with taped footage of a 2002 set the then 19-year-old fledgling stand-up performed at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Although barely recognizable in the glitchy camcorder video, the young comic, originally known by his pseudonym Amir Natural, clearly had raw stage presence and timing.  By […]

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Interview: Patton Oswalt

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Patton Oswalt

The acclaimed comedian and actor brings a new hour to the Ohio Theatre on Sunday night

My wife, Julie, and I sat in the audience at the Palace Theatre during Patton Oswalt’s last show in Columbus in 2017 — a set that echoed much of what would be seen in his then-forthcoming Netflix special, Annihilation.  While his astutely acidic take on his surroundings has never failed to make me laugh, he displayed […]

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Interview: Jason Alexander

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Jason Alexander

The versatile 'Seinfeld' star showcases his four-decades-long career through story and song on Saturday night

By the time Jason Alexander signed on to play the endearingly maladjusted George Costanza on NBC’s Seinfeld, he had already cultivated a nearly decade-long stage career. He made his Broadway debut at the age of 20 in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along, followed by roles in Forbidden Broadway, The Rink, Personals, […]

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Comedy Interview: Margaret Cho

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Margaret Cho

The celebrated comedian and advocate extends her 'Fresh Off the Bloat Tour' to Columbus this weekend

I owe a lot to Margaret Cho’s 2000 one-woman show, I’m The One That I Want, as an integral part of both my evolving comedy and cultural education. It’s a magnificent, powerful work in which she evokes humor, anger, advocacy, and optimism in one fell swoop, delivered with comedic cadence that is unflinching and physical. […]

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Comedy Interview: Lizz Winstead

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Lizz Winstead

Veteran comedian and "The Daily Show" co-creator Lizz Winstead brings the Lady Parts Justice League's comedy production "The Vagical Mystery Tour" to Columbus on Sunday night, featuring rising Ohio comedian Beth Stelling

After making its successful debut last summer, the Vagical Mystery Tour is now locked in for a second wave of dates over an eight-week span, which will include a stop at Columbus’ Ace of Cups on Sunday night. While Columbus is thriving as a destination for top-tier comedy shows, the Vagical Mystery Tour aims to […]

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Comedy Interview: David Koechner

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: David Koechner

The veteran actor and comedian returns to Columbus for a three-night engagement at the Columbus Funny Bone starting Thursday night

“I’m in Atlanta shooting Stan Against Evil,” David Koechner shares as we begin an early morning phone conversation a few days ago. “It’s an IFC production, and my good friend Dana Gould created the show and actually wrote this episode. And my other good friend Rob Cohen is directing this week. But it’s got Janet […]

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Comedy Preview: Jen Kirkman

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Jen Kirkman

With twenty years of stand-up in her arsenal, the Boston-born comedian brings her "All New Material, Girl" tour to Woodlands Tavern on Friday night

In doing research for my interview with veteran stand-up comedian and author Jen Kirkman, I came across a blog post she wrote just over two years ago called “Hot Tips on How to Interview a Comedian.” Much like the rest of Kirkman’s work, it was honest, smart, and insightful. As someone who writes for a […]

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