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They’ve been a staple on PBS for years, and this weekend the politically-skewering satire group The Capitol Steps will be at The Whiting Theater in Flint. Hear from the man who co-authored this year’s comedy revue.

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It’s run on three TV networks in two different countries. Now, a quartet of improv comedians is bringing the spontaneous madness of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” to mid-Michigan. This evening, the traveling stage show, “Whose Live Anyway” visits the Wharton Center in East Lansing. We talk with comic Greg Proops about the show and the art of improv.

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He took second place on the NBC reality show “Last Comic Standing” and this week, he’s making four various stops across Michigan. Share a laugh with stand-up comedian Ralphie May.

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You may know her from her regular appearances as a panelist on NPR’s “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me,” or maybe from her stand-up comedy specials over the years. Paula Poundstone is coming to the Wharton Center this Thursday. She talks with Current State's Katie Cook.

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Current State talks to Michigan native Katie Hammond about her comedy career and her work with the improvised show Broadway's Next Hit Musical. 

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A new comedy series in Lansing is bringing its audiences stand-up with a side of witches. We talk to the women behind Comedy Coven ahead of their show at The Robin Theatre on Tuesday.

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.

POSTSCRIPT: In memory of Harold Ramis

Feb 28, 2014
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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.

1491s tap Native American heritage for laughs

Feb 25, 2014

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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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.

Comedian Tom Green grows up ... sort of

Sep 27, 2013

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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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.