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Lewis Black is so angry!
Clay McBride
Lewis Black is so angry!

Comedy Matters

Rage and Humor

Lewis Black talks politics, anger and making it at an older age

Genevieve Mueller chats with comedian of fury Lewis Black about anger and stupidity.

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Crazy Legs Heads to Burque: Chris Fonseca is ready to laugh

Featuring three nationally touring stand-up comedians: Chris "Crazy Legs" Fonseca, John Mark Gard and Keith Breckenridge.

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Comedy Matters

Robin Williams and the death of our captain

I named this column Comedy Matters because I truly believe it does. It matters to the junkies and alcoholics who frequent open mics to work through their demons on stage. It matters to the headliners and road comics who travel from club to club each night for a living. It matters to writers and Hollywood execs who make millions off the laughter that rumbles in darkened theaters. It matters to cancer patients, widows and kids. Comedy strikes us over the head or starts slowly in our belly and bellows out of us warming our innards with a rush of happiness. So when a comic dies, we hurt. And today, we’re hurting because the world lost a great one.

Robin Williams started his career in San Francisco in the 70s and quickly became one the most absurd joy makers in the comedy world. His big break was when he landed the role of Mork in “Mork and Mindy” in 1978. He transformed into a prolific actor and comedian, appearing in films such as Dead Poets Society, The World According to Garp, Good Will Hunting and so many more; too many to list.

But this isn’t just about his qualifications or list of his films. He affected people in many ways. His fans loved him for his insane and wild energy. Comics loved him for how dedicated he was to comedy and how sweet he was despite his fame. He was a good man, a beloved man, who struggled with depression and an addiction to drugs and alcohol for the past forty years. On August 11, his struggled ended. Investigators believe his death may have been a suicide and to anyone who knew him or his history this would not be a surprise.

At the news of William’s death, Michael Ian Black tweeted, “We lose at least one great comic to suicide or ODs every year. Our jobs are to communicate, but we seem to not know how to ask for help.” Comedians don’t control the market on depression and substance abuse, but it seems to be a common theme amongst them. These issues manifest on stage to applause and laughter but they continue off stage and they grow and fester and strain relationships. And people die and then there’s nothing we can do.

Robin Williams brought a joy to the world that he couldn’t find internally. His family and friends are mourning. His wife and kids are shattered by his loss. And his fans will find it hard to replace this legend. Be in peace captain, we’ll miss you.

Genevieve Mueller is a writer and comedian.  She performs all over the country and runs two monthly shows in Albuquerque: Comedians Power Hour and the Bad Penguin Comedy Show at The Box.  More information can be found at genevievemuellercomedy.com or on Twitter: @fromthefloorup.

A healthy, if not entirely sanitary, marriage
courtesy of the artist
A healthy, if not entirely sanitary, marriage

Comedy Matters

He and She and You

Married to comedy

Relationships are funny like that. Traveling duo Teresa and Doug Wyckoff dole out laughs and advice at The Cell Theatre.
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Andy Kindler has his doubts about your Twitter stardom.
Suan Maljan
Andy Kindler has his doubts about your Twitter stardom.

Comedy Matters

Andy Kindler on What Makes a Comic

Twitter can help launch a career, says Andy Kindler, but it sure as hell doesn’t make you a stand-up comic.
“Hey stud puppet, listen to this.”
“Hey stud puppet, listen to this.”

Comedy Matters

Accordion to Tenuta You All Are Sex Slaves

Comedy pioneer Judy Tenuta broke barriers with her own version of the sex-positive feminist revolution 30 years ago.
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Comedy Matters

Coding Humor

A professor, a reporter and comedy

In The Humor Code, Peter McGraw and Joel Warner travel the world testing their theory about comedy and asking questions about what makes something funny.
Dave Ross feels things.
Megan Baker
Dave Ross feels things.

Comedy Matters

Fear and Self-Loathing

Dave Ross and comedic anxiety

Neurotic much? LA comic Dave Ross deals with his issues and yours onstage at ArtBar on Tuesday, April 8.

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Paula Hearts Jokes: Paula Poundstone at the Lensic

Watching a comedian move seamlessly between pre-written material and off the cuff banter with the audience while maintaining control of the show, making everyone laugh and improvising most of their set—well, it’s sort of like seeing a unicorn. There’s a very distinct possibility that Paula Poundstone is a unicorn. The comedian is known for her impeccable crowd work, which I witnessed when I first saw her perform in the 1987 TV special “Women of the Night” with Ellen DeGeneres and Rita Rudner. The way she incorporated the audience into her act changed the way I saw stand-up comedy. She provokes the audience with adamant personal questions, mocking their responses, but in a playful and free manner that never quite seems confrontational. With a new CD out called I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them In Boston, Poundstone can be heard on NPR’s “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” See her live at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco) in Santa Fe tomorrow evening at 7:30, and witness as she guides the audience through a series of quick comebacks and witty one-liners. Tickets run between $27.50 and $35. Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe • Fri Dec 13 • 7:30pm • $27.50-$35 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

Winning photo by UNM art education graduate student Junfu Han
Winning photo by UNM art education graduate student Junfu Han

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An Education Without Borders

Winning photograph speaks volumes

Winner of the 1st Annual International Education Week photo contest encompasses history and place.

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