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Friday, February 23, 2024

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Garfunkel and Oates discuss road life

While driving on the road to their next show, Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates described their busy lives, including a new TV show on IFC, working on a new album and the beginning of a nationwide tour.

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Pete Holmes captivates with charming, genuine comedy

This last weekend, Pete Holmes performed two sold-out stand up sets at the Majestic Theater and recorded his podcast "You Made It Weird" for the Madison Comedy Festival. Attending both the stand up and podcast recording as an avid fan of Holmes, I noticed how the crowds were drawn to his presence just as much as the self-proclaimed super fan.

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Chris D’Elia rests on his laurels for set

In support of the first annual Madison Comedy Festival on his “Under No Influence” tour, comic Chris D’Elia performed in front of a packed crowd of college-aged fans who eagerly anticipated his material. D’Elia’s set pandered mainly to the Dane Cook repertoire of sex jokes, gender and race observations and wild movement.

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John Hodgman slated to bring highbrow comedy to Barrymore Theatre

Known for his cutting-edge political commentary on “The Daily Show,” John Hodgman will be performing an intellectual comedy set this weekend at the Madison Comedy Festival. Hodgman has an easily recognizable face, either from his Mac vs. PC commercials for Apple, or his various appearances on popular TV shows like “Bored to Death,” “Community,” “Flight of the Concords” and “Battlestar Galactica.”

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Madison Comedy Festival set to showcase veritable comedy superstars

This week Madison has the privilege of showcasing some of the country’s best active comedians for the new and annual Comedy Festival. Before you scramble to buy tickets to each show or even snag one of the prized VIP packages that includes tickets to each show, VIP access to a Saturday night after party, front-of-the-line access and a swag bag full of awesome gifts, take a moment to get to know these hilarious performers.

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Tim and Eric and Dr. Brule bring joy and discomfort

Outside the Barrymore Theater on Saturday night, a long line of avid Tim and Eric fans excitedly anticipated the comedy duo’s performance with special guest Dr. Brule (played by the iconic actor John C. Reilly). As I entered the venue, hoards of fans purchased merchandise from the duo’s Adult Swim comedy show, some already in costume of their favorite characters. It was clear at that moment this crowd knew exactly what they were getting into and were happy to be a part of it.

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Comedian Judah Friedlander's unique style gets gigs

Instead of going to my Intro to Television class on Tuesday morning, I had the pleasure of interviewing professional comedian and "30 Rock" star Judah Friedlander. He’s one of the most iconic comedians of his time; partly for the trademark trucker-hat-vibrant-glasses combo he dons regularly and mainly for his killer comedy persona.

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