Interviews

Luke Mones Reveals What’s Happening in His Head

By Teme Ring | May 16, 2023

Luke Mones (MOHN-ess) will make your day funnier. I’m not just talking about the day you listen to his new album Happening In My Head. That day will be funnier, but so will every day thereafter. Every time I drive by a 7-Eleven now, I laugh and think about bananas. I can no longer pick …

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A Q&A with “Veep” Writer Emilia Barrosse About Life, Comedy and Headlining at Evanston’s Studio5

By Teme Ring | May 10, 2023

Evanston born Emilia Barrosse is blazing a unique path as a comedian. This weekend, Emilia, who is known as a writer for the hit series Veep and Tacoma F.D., will return to her hometown for a two-night standup comedy event at Studio5 as part of the Practical Theatre Company’s new season. At just two weeks …

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Comedy Icons Announce Groundbreaking New Season: A Q&A with the Practical Theatre Company

By Teme Ring | April 7, 2023

PHOTO from the top: Steve Rashid, Victoria Zielinski, Paul Barrosse, Dana Olsen ************** On New Year’s Eve 2023 at Studio5 in Evanston, the laughter was loud and nonstop, the mood celebratory, the joy palpable, and the air electric. Who created that magic? It was the legendary Practical Theatre Company, specifically Paul Barrosse, Victoria Zielinski, Dana …

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Maggie Faris’s “Tougher Than A Honey Bee” is Completely Buzzworthy

By Teme Ring | February 28, 2023

As snowstorms rage across the country, my mind is on one particular comedian. When Maggie Faris is not starring in comedy clubs across Minnesota’s Twin Cities and the Midwest, she is at the wheel of a city snowplow in Minneapolis-St.Paul. If you’re curious about the life of this unique funny snow wrangler, you must listen …

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Places and a Book You Will Return To: A Q&A with Sean Bair-Flannery

By Teme Ring | February 17, 2023

Sean Bair-Flannery’s new book Places I Can’t Return To: An Accidental Memoir is unlike any other book I’ve ever read. How funny is it? As a gauge, think about your favorite humor writers. Add up all the laughs they’ve given you. Multiply that number by infinity. Sean’s book has more laughs, more delicious moments, more …

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Early Bird Gets the Laughs: A Q&A with Steven Springer

By Teme Ring | February 5, 2023

Guess which facts about Steven Springer are true or false: The first time I was impressed by Steven Springer was when I happened on his YouTube clips about seven years ago. His delivery is on an almost magical frequency – both inscrutably deadpan and intriguingly charming. I wanted to hang on to every word. The …

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