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V.23 No.38 | 9/18/2014
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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V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
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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V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
Not even a half-caf mocha frap can save this day.

Film Review

Obvious Child

Pro-choice dramedy is pregnant with possibility

Comedian Jenny Slate impresses in mood-straddling abortion-based dramedy Obvious Child.
V.23 No.22 | 5/29/2014
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.
V.23 No.21 | 5/22/2014
“Oh fuck it’s all coming back to me.”
Larry Hirshowitz

Arts Feature

An Anxious Absurdity

Marc Maron on WTF is up with comedy

Albuquerque made Marc Maron. The cantankerous meta-jokester and cat aficionado talks comedy, influence and unhappiness in his Alibi interview.
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V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014
“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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V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
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.
V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
T.J. Miller
TheeErin via Wikimedia Commons

Comedy Matters

T.J. Miller, Vulnerability and the Mind of a Comic

Genevieve Mueller dishes on lessons learned in comedy clubs and onstage.
V.23 No.3 | 1/16/2014
Bill Burr pushes limits.
Koury Angelo

Arts Feature

Walking the Line

Bill Burr talks trust, evolution and fans

Whether he’s talking politics or domestic violence, comedian Bill Burr is known for pushing the limits.
V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013
Jordan Doll
photo by Tatiana Timmins
Jordan Doll

Comedy

Seize the Comedy

Mile High in the 505

Carpe Diem Comedy connects ABQ to the wider funny world.
V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013
Drew Wayne
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Arts Feature

Get In On the Joke

Comedy Awareness Week returns to ABQ

Genevieve Mueller covers the 2nd annual Comedy Awareness Week, from stand-up and improv sets to contests to how-tos from the pros.
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V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013
Comedy superstar Reggie Watts can be a hard man to track down.
Noah Kalina
Comedy superstar Reggie Watts can be a hard man to track down.

Comedy

Finding Reggie Watts

An Albuquerque comedian’s adventures in Denver

Comedy maven Genevieve Mueller went looking for Reggie Watts, but she found something a lot bigger.
V.22 No.34 | 8/22/2013
Kurt Braunohler’s new comedy album
Kurt Braunohler’s new comedy album

Comedy

Attention Burqueños: Head north for comedy

I called comedian Kurt Braunohler right after one of our Albuquerque monsoons—a real gully washer. The cell reception was sketchy and my phone cut out. I called back and, for the rest of the interview, just to keep him on the line, I had to lean out the window, balancing my computer on my lap, all while under the disapproving glare of my neighbor. Braunohler’s comedy explores those awkward moments in our lives, so nearly falling from the second floor of my house while being silently judged was, in a way, a fitting interview format.

Braunohler, who will feature in Denver’s High Plains Comedy Festival next week, started his career in comedy after college when he took improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. During this time he met Kristen Schaal, the stalker lady from HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords,” and together they created the weekly live variety show “Hot Tub,” now based in L.A. Braunohler’s jokes are big—literally big. He recently raised $6,000 on Kickstarter to hire a skywriting plane to write “How Do I Land?” above Los Angeles.

Braunohler has done everything: improv, sketch and stand-up. Although he only started stand-up about five years ago, he says he prefers this medium of comedy because “it’s a high-stakes scenario…When doing improv, the audience is on your side. They want you to succeed. Even if the improv just barely works everyone is excited for you. But people have very strong opinions about what stand-up is and sometimes the crowd seems to say ‘prove to me that you’re funny.’” Braunohler says he likes this contention, these high stakes, because ultimately the goal of comedy is “to show a level of vulnerability that makes connections with the audience.” To do this, Braunohler says, “No topic can be off-limits, and you can’t be embarrassed about anything.” This sentiment is echoed in his stand-up. Braunohler’s comedy is at times surreal. In one Vine—the short looping video clips so beloved on Twitter—he places googly eyes on an ice cream cone and calls it his little buddy. At other times his work is more personal and reflective. He explores the absurdities of life on his new comedy album, How Do I Land?, released by the venerable indie music label Kill Rock Stars.

Braunohler is excited for next week’s High Plains festival, when comedians from all over the country will swarm Denver for the first major comedy fest in the region. The inaugural High Plains Comedy Festival is headlined by comic genius Reggie Watts, features the brilliant Braunohler and will be packed with Denver comics. Over the past few years, the Denver comedy scene has expanded and flourished, churning out such national headliners as Ben Kronberg and T.J. Miller. As the talent pool has grown, so has the focus on Denver as a key producer of comedy and, in turn, the Southwest as an emerging comedy region. “This is an experiment for Denver and I think anything could happen,” Braunohler reflects. “I can’t wait to see all the comics.”

Take the short trip to the Mile High city and see Watts, Braunohler and 40 other comedians at the High Plains Comedy Festival on Aug. 23 and 24. The Southwest is starting to make a name for itself in the comedy world, and this festival will highlight the area as a place that can bring in big names.


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