ARTS AND CULTURE > COMEDY

By Kennedy Allen

Black comedy legend Paul Mooney hits Helium this week

Asked how he felt about "12 Years A Slave" winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, Mooney laughs. “Oh, it was only 12 years? Is that what they’re saying now?”

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Posted Mar. 12, 2014 | Comments: 0

On the Guest List: Chris Hardwick at Helium Comedy Club, Navasha Daya at WCL

Geek couples came out in droves for the well-versed and charming host of the "Nerdist" podcast, and a mix of die-hard Fertile Ground fans and newbie loved Daya's solo show.

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Posted Jul. 3, 2013 | Comments: 0

ARTS AND CULTURE > COMEDY

By Nicole Finkbiner

7 Things You Absolutely Do Not Need to Know About Sketch Comedy Troupe ManiPedi

They write their own sketches. They make many of their own costumes and props. They shoot their own videos. They book their own gigs. And, of course, they have day jobs. Aubrie Williams, Shannon Brown, Kaitlin Thompson, Briana Kelly and Madonna Marie Refugia: A year into their existence as a troupe, the five comedians who call themselves ManiPedi have already played three big national comedy festivals.

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Posted Nov. 21, 2012 | Comments: 9

ARTS AND CULTURE > COMEDY

By Brian McManus

Bathe in the Unique Light of Comedian Reggie Watts

Now, as the big man with the funny hair and funny voices rambling in a stream of conciousness and rapping about fuck-shit stacks gains exposure, he’s no longer confusing audiences.

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Posted May. 15, 2012 | Comments: 0

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