Kevin Hart to joke in Edmonton

Kevin Hart to joke in Edmonton

Kevin Hart is now in that rare league of comedians who can perform in hockey arenas – and he’s coming to Edmonton’s arena, the old arena, that is, Rexall Place, on Nov. 22. Tickets are $49.50 to $125 and go on sale Friday. The 36-year-old actor and comic, who’s been just about everywhere and on […]

REVIEW: Edmonton Nerds love Weird Al

REVIEW: Edmonton Nerds love Weird Al

Weird Al has been funny for so long that people take it for granted. I remember hearing Another One Rides The Bus on K-97 all the time. In 1981. Every now and then I’d see one of his videos and was aware of his 1989 movie UHF, but I never really paid close attention until […]

Amber Nash puts a little ‘Pam’ in Fringe play

Amber Nash puts a little ‘Pam’ in Fringe play

The name Amber Nash may not mean anything to you, but her voice undeniably will. The American actress voices the curvaceous, openly bi-sexual, hedonistic, human resources director Pam Poovey in FX’s hit adult-animated espionage satire cartoon Archer. Nash is in Edmonton for her one-woman show What’s Wrong With You? during Edmonton’s 34th International Fringe Theatre […]

The 8 Best Kids in the Hall characters

The 8 Best Kids in the Hall characters

Most real comedians will admit – grudgingly – that great minds sometimes think alike. This is why the case against Saturday Night Live for allegedly ripping off This Hour Has 22 Minutes shouldn’t hold up. The bit is about the “Prophet Muhammad” being a particularly difficult Pictionary clue. This joke is obvious in light of […]

To be an April Fool in the Age of Bulls***

To be an April Fool in the Age of Bulls***

Edmontonians of a Certain Age can still remember an April Fool’s Day joke played by 630 CHED in the early 1970s. It was reported that the phone company, Ed-Tel, was going to blow all the dust out of the phone lines at precisely 7:30 am on April 1, so citizens were advised to put plastic […]

REVIEW: The Book of Mormon a sacrilegious joy

REVIEW: The Book of Mormon a sacrilegious joy

In a world of the ridiculous, satire is king. The Book of Mormon proves it. There are a million ways to describe this big production musical, playing at the Jubilee Auditorium through March 29. You could call it a lampooning of a religion. You could call it a story on the power of metaphorical belief. You […]

Kids in the Hall return to Edmonton

Kids in the Hall return to Edmonton

The Kids in the Hall are no longer kids, nor are they in the hall. They live in nice Hollywood homes – as legends of Canadian comedy should. Yet Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson are among entertainers known as “the working famous” – to maintain the lifestyles to which […]

Plastic Men shut out at Canadian Screen Awards

Plastic Men shut out at Canadian Screen Awards

Tiny Plastic Men, Edmonton’s sole representative at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, went zero-for-three at Sunday night’s ceremony in Toronto – but it was an honour just to be nominated. Really, it was. Mark Meer, who was up for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Comic Role, was a good sport about the loss, Facebooking […]

[RERUN]: Young Drunk Punk returns to origins

[RERUN]: Young Drunk Punk returns to origins

Long before Bruce McCulloch became a comedy star, he lived the title of his solo show. He literally was a Young Drunk Punk – in Edmonton. Before it gets turned into a TV series set to premiere in 2015 on CityTV, the show returns live to the Arden Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 2. The Kids […]

Mike MacDonald and the Burden of Truth

Mike MacDonald and the Burden of Truth

There are two kinds of comedians, says Mike MacDonald, “diagnosed and undiagnosed.” That’s in the routine the Ottawa comedian will be doing at the Edmonton Comedy Festival this weekend – part of the act he put together six months after undergoing a liver transplant because when he woke up he couldn’t remember a damned thing […]

(RERUN): Parking Meter Fairy’s days numbered

(RERUN): Parking Meter Fairy’s days numbered

The breathless Parking Meter Fairy runs to catch a parking enforcement officer about to ticket an illegally parked car. “Am I too late to save him?!” The officer stops writing and mutters, “You could.” Oh, thank you, Parking Patrol Officer. Clink, clink, clink, clink go four quarters into the expired meter – good for 20 […]

We won’t get April Fooled Again

We won’t get April Fooled Again

Edmonton baby boomers can still remember an epic April Fool’s Day joke played by 630 CHED, which in the early 1970s was the only radio station everyone listened to. The phone company, Ed-Tel, announced that it was going to blow all the dust out of the phone lines at precisely 7:30 am, so you’d best […]