Charlie Berens’ podcast “Da Manitowoc Minute” is attracting loads of fans from around the world. Isthmus talks to Berens in advance of his appearance at Wisconsin Union Theater on Jan. 26. more

Jan 18, 2018 5:00 AM Comedy


Joan Marcus

Isthmus arts and culture editor Catherine Capellaro looks back at a year where she found hope and faith in humanity through art. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:01 AM A & E


Mindy Tucker

One got her start as a web series star on YouTube. The other launched her career from blogging and podcasts. Now these two dope queens are touring the country together, celebrating female friendship and making people laugh. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM Comedy

Local comedian Dina Nina Martinez is building on the success of last year’s Lady Laughs Comedy Festival, bringing the event back Nov. 2-5 with more than triple the acts. more

Oct 30, 2017 2:10 PM Comedy


Robyn Von Swank

Married standup comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher are helping bring LGBTQ narratives into the mainstream. And their comedy is inseparable from their activism. more

Oct 12, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

Andy Moore talks to award-winning writer, director and comedian Mike Birbiglia about his brand new comedy tour, “The New One.” Birbiglia will be at the Overture Center on Sept. 22. more

Sep 20, 2017 5:00 AM Comedy

It may have taken him years to find an audience, but comedian Marc Maron says he's never been funnier. The host of the hit WTF podcast is coming to Madison on April 28 for a show at the Orpheum. more

Apr 24, 2017 5:03 PM Comedy


Branden Vondrak

Progressive talk radio host Stephanie Miller has shifted her approach to comedy since the election of Donald Trump. It’s also about resistance now. more

Apr 20, 2017 5:00 AM Stage 1 Comments


Michael Schwartz

Pioneering standup comedian and National Public Radio institution Paula Poundstone, brings her wry humor to the Barrymore Theatre on Feb. 11. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM Comedy

On Donald Trump’s inauguration day, cities across the country will host comedy festivals, with proceeds benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union. The Madison installment, at the Majestic Theatre, features headliner Madison native Nate Craig. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Comedy

Once a month, Madison audiences have an opportunity to watch comedians riff on terrible movies. It’s called “Movie Hell,” and the monthly shows at the Fountain are developing a cult following. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM Movies


Stephanie Hofmann

Madison’s first ever female-centric comedy festival celebrates inclusivity and promises big laughs, thanks to talent from all over the country. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

“We are living in the intersection of satire and reality.” Isthmus talks to Lewis Black before his appearance at the Orpheum this Saturday. more

Sep 27, 2016 2:47 PM Comedy


Mary Langenfeld

The audience at High Noon Saloon was ecstatic, and host Michael Feldman in fine form as the team kicked off a new “Whad’Ya Know? Podcast on Sept. 3. more

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM Comedy


Kym Balthazar

Isthmus staff writer Dylan Brogan talks to “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah about connecting with audiences from around the world, his evolving style and how not to get shot by the police. Noah appears at the Orpheum Sept. 10. more

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM Comedy

“Weird Al” looks back at his lengthy, colorful career in advance of his Aug. 21 appearance at Overture. more

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments

His work spans music, comedy, puppetry and video. Isthmus speaks to “outsider artist” David Liebe Hart in advance of his July 25 performance at the Frequency. more

Jul 20, 2016 4:00 PM Comedy


James Heimer

Large cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are the proving grounds for many young comics. But for Kevin Bozeman, it was Madison. He’s returning to record a live album at the Comedy Club, where he got his start more than 15 years ago. more

Jun 9, 2016 5:00 AM Comedy


Eric Tadsen

The best way to keep talented comedians in Madison is to give them a chance to develop their acts. And that’s happening all over town at Madison’s DIY comedy showcases, which are growing in popularity. more

May 26, 2016 5:00 AM Comedy

Michael Feldman, host of “Whad’Ya Know?,” reacts to the news that Wisconsin Public Radio is cancelling his 31-year-old comedy quiz show. He says he’s hoping for a second act. more

Mar 10, 2016 6:00 AM Comedy 2 Comments