Arts & Culture
10:59 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Comedy returns to Lansing's night club scene

Lansing has been without a comedy club since Connxtions closed last April. Over the weekend, a new comedy venue opened up for business at Tripper’s in Frandor. Touring comics will be performing in Lansing every week, bringing laughs to an audience that’s been starved for funny stuff for a while.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

POSTSCRIPT: In memory of Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis's best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in 'Ghostbusters' and Russell Ziskey in 'Stripes'.
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Current State salutes the life and works of Harold Ramis. This brief tribute features a rare recording from the National Lampoon Radio Hour.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

1491s tap Native American heritage for laughs

The 1491s is a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma.

The 1491s describe themselves as “a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.” The five Native American artists create work that will make you snicker, but will also make you think.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Comedian Mike Birbiglia 'thanks God for jokes' at Wharton

Mike Birbiglia is also a regular contributor to NPR's 'This American Life.'
Credit Courtesy of Wharton Center

Comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to Wharton Center on Jan. 16. He’s known for his work on “This American Life,” his movie, called “Sleepwalk With Me,” and many more comedy records and appearances. His latest show is called “Thank God For Jokes.”

Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Birbiglia about his new show, his career and his lifelong love of pizza.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Comedian Tom Green grows up ... sort of

Comedian Tom Green will appear Friday and Saturday at Lansing's Connxtion's Comedy Club.

Standup comedy and a Canadian cable access TV show landed Tom Green a show on MTV back in the 90's. His goofy demeanor and practical jokes made him a star.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:07 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Comedian W. Kamau Bell mines racism, politics for laughs

Credit Beth Allen/Courtesy of W. Kamau Bell

The country’s top comedians are appearing in Grand Rapids through Sunday at Gilda’s Laugh Fest. The event supports the work of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, inspired by the late Gilda Radner to help people who are dealing with cancer.

Tonight, the festival features W. Kamau Bell, the host of “Totally Biased,” which appears Thursday nights on FX.  Bell discusses racism in America and what it’s like to have a television show.

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