Kenny Kinds: RFT's Standup Throwdown Champion

Categories: Comedy, Contests

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Photo courtesy of Kenny Kinds
It's all over folks, a champion has been crowned and it's safe to say it was neck and neck until the judges finally agreed and announced "We're giving it to Kenny Kinds."


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The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: April 2014

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The Comedy Bureau

I thought maybe I'd change the headline of this month's list of comedy picks to "April 5: The Choice is Yours!" but believe it or not there's more than just one day of comedy this month (despite that over-stacked date). April is an exciting month for St. Louis comedy because there are a handful of comedians coming to town who have also been on TV, and for which you won't need to worry about whether or not the show will be worth the dent in your wallet.

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Standup Throwdown 2014: Four Surviving St. Louis Comics to Perform Tuesday

Categories: Comedy

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Congratulations to Brandon Judd, Emily Hickner, Bobby Jaycox and Kenny Kinds for making the cut and advancing the to the Final Round of the RFT's Standup Throwdown. The Final Four will now square off Tuesday April 4 at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room. The competition starts at 8 p.m. and seats are limited. And if the crowd at last week's Elite 8 event is telling of what to expect in the Duck Room, you'll want to arrive early to claim your spot.


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RFT's Standup Throwdown 2014: Round Two Results

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Congratulations Christopher Cyr, Kenny Kinds, Sean Merkle, Amber Klear, Bobby Jaycox, Brandon Judd, Dan Jaboor and Emily Hickner. You've made it to the "Elite 8" in Riverfront Times' Standup Throwdown!

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Vote Now to Determine St. Louis' Funniest Comic in RFT's Standup Throwdown!

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The polls have closed. The Elite 8 will be announced Monday morning, March 24.

Introducing the Standup Throwdown Round Two Winners -- the Elite 8

The call went out last month. Riverfront Times asked local comedians to tweet us a joke about St. Louis with the hashtag #stlfact. From the fifty people who threw their hat in the ring, we've selected the standup comedians with the sixteen funniest jokes for entry into our third annual Standup Throwdown. So here they are: The Tweet 16.


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Comedian W. Kamau Bell Wants You to Join Him Around the Campfire

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Matthias Clamer

In this week's print edition we interviewed W. Kamau Bell, a standup comic who is back on the road after FX cancelled his show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell after just two seasons. Bell is a man of many well-chosen words, and it was impossible to fit the entire interview in the paper. He explains the source behind "AMURI-CAH's" way of thinking and how his standup tour is one way to spread a different line of thought.

W. Kamau Bell will be in town this evening to perform at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room. Doors for the event are at 8 p.m.; seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

See also: W. Kamau Bell May Have Lost His TV Show, But He Hasn't Lost His Edge

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W. Kamau Bell May Have Lost His TV Show, But He Hasn't Lost His Edge

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

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Matthias Clamer
W. Kamau Bell
Standup comics are rarely one-trick ponies nowadays. Some act in movies, others in sitcoms and a handful even take a crack at the music business. But only a small minority ever host their very own TV show.

The Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell ran on FX for two seasons, making the program's namesake one of those elite few. The show was met with critical acclaim — Bell's hometown paper, The San Francisco Chronicle, applauded its edginess, commenting that "it makes The Daily Show look like something your dad watches." Despite this, Totally Biased was canceled in late 2013 due to low ratings.

In advance of his upcoming show at Blueberry Hill on Thursday, March 13, RFT Music spoke with Bell about his television ambitions, his rocky start in standup and the fact that FOX News is still crazy.

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Twenty Common Things that Annoy Standup Comedians

Categories: Comedy

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(Top Left) New York comedian Phoebe Robinson, (Top Right) New York comedian Ben Kronberg, (Bottom Left) New York and St. Louis comedian Jeremy Essig, (Bottom Right) Chicago Comedian Kevin White.

Your favorite comedian loves performing for you. What's better than traveling the country, getting onstage and connecting with people? It's a great job if you can get it. But like any job, there's a undercurrent of monotony in what people say or how they act around comedians.

It's not that people go out of their way to be annoying (most of the time), but after a while you start to notice that many people have similar misunderstandings about what comedians do and how their creative process works. It's not even a phenomenon unique to this particular art.

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The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: March 2014

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Gabriel Iglesias

There seems to be a new trend growing in the St. Louis comedy scene that demands the format of the traditional comedy show be disregarded. While it still isn't difficult to find a show that is exactly what you'd expect, there are also increasing opportunities to step outside of the comfort zone and share in the experience of comedians taking a risk.

For those in search of laughter or curious about the goings-on of the comedy scene in St. Louis, we will be making monthly recommendations for shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing hilarious to fingers-crossed, "Oh God! I hope this works" affairs, Funny Events is your connection to sketch, standup, improv and everything in between and out of the box.

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RFT Seeks St. Louis Comics for 3rd Annual "Standup Throwdown"

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March Madness is nearly upon us and so too is the third annual installment of the Riverfront Times' comedy competition, Standup Throwdown.

Not familiar with how it works? Here's the Throwdown lowdown:

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