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Comedy Interview: Nate Bargatze

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Nate Bargatze

The acclaimed headliner and star of Netflix's "The Tennessee Kid" stops in Columbus with his new "One Night Only" tour Saturday night.

In The Tennessee Kid, his most recent comedy special that arrived last year on Netflix, Nate Bargatze doesn’t even have to finish the opening line of the show before his unaffected deadpan triggers laughter from the audience. His material is folksy and strongly relatable, to be sure, but it’s his marvelously unpretentious deadpan, his ace, […]

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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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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: Piff the Magic Dragon

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Piff the Magic Dragon

The two-time "America's Got Talent" contestant and Las Vegas comedy stalwart kicks off "The Lucky Dragon" tour with a sold out show tonight at the Lincoln Theatre

“Hello. This is Piff,” says the voice on the other end of the call I received last week on my cell phone. For the unenlightened, Piff, or more properly, Piff the Magic Dragon, is the stage name of acclaimed British magician and comedian John van der Put, who is now synonymous with his green satin […]

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Comedy Q&A with Claudia Oshry, “Girl With No Job”

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Q&A with Claudia Oshry, “Girl With No Job”

The Instagram star brings her virtual comedy to the live stage at the Columbus Funny Bone on Thursday

I am the complete opposite of a social media influencer. I gleefully post clichéd pictures of plane wing sunsets and our dogs on a whim, ineffectively hashtagged and heavily Insta-filtered with vivid shades of ‘Juno’ (sometimes Hefe, if I’m feeling fancy). My ‘like’ hearts pop up in single digits, and I’m relentlessly followed by overseas […]

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UpRoar! All-Female Comedy Showcase

  UpRoar! All-Female Comedy Showcase

An all female comedy show in a female-owned craft store?! On December 12th, these bitches will have you in stitches. Come out to Wholly Craft to celebrate Babe Roar’s last UpRoar of 2018. We’ll be doing giveaways and selling drinks to raise money for Midwest Craft Con! Lineup Includes: Sarah J. Storer (Hashtag Comedy-Columbus, OH) […]

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Local Comedy Spotlight: DeMuth & Teeters at The Nest Theatre

Grant Walters Grant Walters Local Comedy Spotlight: DeMuth & Teeters at The Nest Theatre

Veteran improv comedy performers Joe Teeters and Jonathan DeMuth will take the stage at The Nest Theatre for two shows on December 1 and 28

Improv comedy in Columbus may indeed be approaching a halcyon. For those that love the genre, and for those who have yet to discover it, the opportunities to see strong, ambitious performances in our city are plentiful. Even sweeter is when two talented improv veterans come together and pour their experience into a new partnership. […]

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