Tim and Eric Bring Weirdness to Dallas With Stop at the Majestic Theatre in September

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Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, better known by first name only, are the radical comedy duo that speaks directly to the sensibilities of an entire generation of fans, while the generation before it struggles to understand just what the hell is so funny. It can be fun to observe parents and their kids when they watch an episode of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! The younger ones laugh their heads off, while the older viewers squint their eyes and wrinkle their noses, puzzled by joke after joke.

Now just imagine that same group of people watching them live on a stage where they don't have the loosely defined morals of a cable network censor showing them the line they can't cross.

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Comedy Crawl With Paul Varghese and the Dallas Observer Through Deep Ellum Thursday, July 10

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Paul Varghese, one of the funniest men in Dallas, has organized another Dallas Observer Comedy Crawl. After last fall's inaugural crawl was hilariously successful, we couldn't even wait a year to bring back more laughs.

If you're sick of listening to your friend's jokes at a bar, but still want to spend your Thursday night drinking your way through Deep Ellum, all you have to do is show up at 8 p.m. July 10 at Three Links and follow the tour to Twilite Lounge and then Green Room.


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Eddie Izzard's Maniac World of Silliness Was in Full Force at the Majestic Last Night

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Nice stage set too. I thought this would be better than an unfocused picture of Eddie from a balcony. I was probably wrong.

Now, I like Eddie Izzard. I do. Like you, I watched his tapes (yes, they were tapes then) at college while doing things I can't tell my parents or any potential employers about, and his sheer commitment to ridiculousness endeared me to him in a way it did with few other comedians. Always seemingly on the verge of forgetting the entire show, always dancing to cover gaps, creating just insane stand-alone worlds in five minutes that become in-jokes between him and the audience and folded into other worlds, he's a comedian like no other.

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Oddball Is Coming Back to Dallas, with Louis CK, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman and Others

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The scene at last year's Oddball in Austin.
Funny or Die's touring comedy show, the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, is coming back to Dallas this fall, with an even stronger lineup than last year: Louis CK, Marc Maron, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Ross, Whitney Cummings and still others. The show is Friday, September 19, at Gexa Energy Pavilion. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, presumably here, although there are no details on the site.

Last year's version, at a packed and sweaty and hungry Gexa, featured Buress rapping, abject weirdness from Kristen Schaal, a tight set from Demetri Martin, a Flight of the Conchords performance that was thoroughly underappreciated, and Dave Chappelle, sitting on a stool, smoking, collecting a check. With CK and a few more food trucks, this year's should be even better.

Aziz Ansari Is Coming to Dallas

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We want to cookout with Aziz.

Plan to treat yo self, Dallas. Tom Haverford Aziz Ansari announced via Twitter this morning that he'll be bringing his swag to the American Airlines Center September 13. All year, he's been taking his cheesy smile and well-pressed suits to cities across the U.S. on his "Modern Romance" tour and tickets sell out quickly, so take a minute to set a calendar alert in your phone. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday


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Rob Schneider Talks About Shooting His Own Sitcom and the State of Stand-Up

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In 2012, CBS canceled Rob Schneider's self-titled sitcom ¡Rob!. Rather than wait for another network to give him a shot at his own show, he decided to give himself one instead.

"We averaged 11 million viewers and the premiere had 13.5 million viewers and it wasn't enough for them," Schneider said from a set in Florida. "They canceled it after eight shows, so I was like, 11 million, I'll take that. I'll take it some place else and make it even funnier. I met John Cleese who wrote six episodes [of Fawlty Towers] with his wife and he made a brilliant show. So I'm hoping to make my own Fawlty Towers."

That's why he alternates his time between the stand-up circuit and the set of his self-produced sitcom Real Rob which he wrote about himself with his wife, Patricia, and comedian Jamie Lissow. He'll be at the Addison Improv tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m, Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

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Dallas Comedy House Gives You a Chance to Create a Positive Prom Memory This Weekend

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Traumatized by bad prom memories? A Dallas improv troupe wants to give you a second chance. What could go wrong?

Chances are that your high school prom was so full of sadness and regret that it still comes up in dreams brought on by alcoholic blackouts and crying therapy sessions that can drive up the stock price for Kleenex.

The Dallas Comedy House offers a chance to replace that memory with a more emotionally constructive one by throwing their own high school prom at their Deep Ellum comedy club on Commerce Street this Saturday.

Ticket holders are encouraged to dress for a real formal prom evening that includes two live and improvised comedy shows by LYLAS: Girl on Girl Comedy and the male version called LYLAB. The club will be magically transformed into your high school gym complete with streamers and live, slow dance music. They've even picked the perfect theme for a comedy prom, "Enchantment Under the Sea," and we feel very sorry for you if you don't know why that's perfect.

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When Bill Burr Stops at Arlington Improv, He'll Be Trying to Make the Waitresses Laugh

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Boston native Bill Burr may sound bothered and on the constant edge of a nervous breakdown on stage but he has a weird, almost Zen-like attitude toward his aspirations, or as close to Zen as most clinically depressed comics can achieve.

While comics may dream of getting their own self-titled sitcom about how they take over a boarding school and teach the kiddies what's truly important with platitudes wrapped around their stage material, Burr doesn't spend his time on the road worrying about that. As long as he's got someone to listen to him pontificate about pedophile reality shows, basketball players getting crotch dunked on Sportscenter or whatever train of thought passes through his head, he says he'll be happy.

At least he'll definitely be happier than the sitcom star who has to go all J.D. Salinger because everyone has a camera and an unfettered link to TMZ's tip line.

"It's not what it was. Back in the day, the world was your oyster when you got to a certain level of fame. I've seen them. Those poor bastards, they can't leave the house," Burr says with a laugh. "They could be like rescuing kittens out of trees and someone will edit it and make them look like the biggest asshole ever. I like the level where I'm at. I can say what I want to say and nobody fucking bugs me."

Burr, who will perform at the Arlington Improv for two shows at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, has been on TV plenty of times and not just as a stand-up. He was one of the regular sketch players on Dave Chappelle's legendary Chappelle's Show. He scored roles in movies like Date Night, The Heat and (I kid you not) Zombeavers. He even scored a regular role on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman's personal handler Patrick Kuby, a role he doesn't get recognized for as much since he no longer has to look the part.


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Steven Michael Quezada Discusses Playing a Cop on Breaking Bad, Returning to Stand-Up

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Steven Michael Quezada hears some form of the following statement just about every time he goes out on the road: "I'm kind of surprised that you're a stand-up."

I learned that because that's the simple-minded, poorly worded statement I used to open our 30-minute conversation. He doesn't seem to mind. He laughs it off as though he's heard it before from other people who recognize him as DEA Agent Steven "Gomey" Gomez and not as a comedian with more than 30 years of experience flinging jokes and stories at bar patrons and comedy club audiences.

"I've played the southwest a lot but I'm more of a bar comic," Quezada says over the phone from his hometown of Albuquerque, N.M. "I'm even crazier than a comedy club comic. We put tours together and we play bars and places people wouldn't even walk into let alone go in and do comedy."

Quezada spent the majority of his career as an actor turned stand-up comedian, but he's recently become more recognizable thanks to Breaking Bad, a show that not only has one of the biggest and most dedicated fan bases but is also widely considered to be one of the greatest, game-changing primetime dramas in the history of the medium. Now that the show is done, he has some time to go back to what he was doing before the show's creator Vince Gilligan set up a TV show in his backyard and asked if he'd like to play Hank Schrader's partner-in-crime fighting. He's scheduled to perform at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub in Dallas on 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th.

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Comedian Tommy Davidson Talks Dallas, Television and Shows at Arlington Improv

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Tommy Davidson will be at the Arlington Improv for a special engagement May 1-4, telling jokes, singing, and fingers crossed -- doing his spot-on President Barack Obama impersonation.

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