Kids in the Hall's Bruce McCulloch and Kevin McDonald, Still Flowing Like Old Man River

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Kids in the Hall: Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Dave Foley, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson.
It's not fair to call the Kids in the Hall's upcoming show at the Majestic a "reunion." The troupe and their fans know that fate will always conspire to keep them together.

"We're part of what the Black Crowes call the river," troupe member Bruce McCulloch said. "We just keep flowing,"

Sure they have other projects they're working on as they navigate the maze of show business, as they've done since they stopped doing their critically acclaimed sketch show back in the '90s. That doesn't stop troupe members McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Dave Foley, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson from instinctively brainstorming new ideas for sketches and characters. McDonald said they still find themselves suddenly thinking of things they can do with the inquisitive young Gavin or the evil Simon Milligan and his Satan spawned man-servant Hecubus.

"If we had any thought that we'd still be together as we turned 50," McDonald said, "we would have used a different name for sure."

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Comedian Doug Stanhope Admits He'll Never Be Funnier Than Farts

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Talking to comedian Doug Stanhope for the first time can be an intimidating experience.

It's not that he's an angry comic or even an angry person. He's probably one of the most pleasant, affable comics you'll ever meet, but he also has a legendary streak of self-loathing that sets the foundation for his stage material and sense of humor.

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SNL's Vanessa Bayer (and Hopefully her Miley Cyrus) Will Be at the Addison Improv Wednesday

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A Saturday Night Live cast member who Rolling Stone called the show's "secret weapon" is on the docket to do a one-night only show at the Addison Improv.

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Despite His Popular Tour, Todd Barry Was Not Named Letterman's Replacement

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Comedian and actor Todd Barry will be in Dallas April 25 at the Sons of Hermann Hall to promote his Louis C.K.-produced "Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour." It won't be the typical guy-stands-before-crowd-and-tells-jokes show. Instead, it's complete improv and his main source of material is you, the audience.



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Can't Get Into a Conan Show? There's Plenty More Where That Came From

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Chances are if you haven't heard back from Conan O'Brien's people about tickets to one of his live tapings at The Majestic Theater next week, then you aren't getting one. So stop crying and using an eyedropper full of food coloring to make sure you cry orange tears to fully express your pain. Stop praying to the altar of St. Richter and sacrificing things in his holy name, mostly because we're sure he doesn't want to be considered an accessory to some kind of animal cruelty felony. Stop believing that a miracle will come and bless you with a free ticket just because that stupid book The Secret told you it would happen if you believe or clap hard enough or something. Just get over it and move on already.

You may have even tried to subdue your sorrow by purchasing a ticket to the Dallas Comedy House's special writers show on Tuesday, April 1 only to be stung with the bad news that every seat in the house is gone, causing you to fall further into an emotional, orange hued death spiral. The good news is there are plenty of other shows featuring the writers of Conan going on during the week he's in town, so you don't have to spend your evenings crying into a giant orange pillow.


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The Conan Writers Will Do Their Own Show at the Dallas Comedy House

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If you haven't heard the news by now because you've been out of town, in a coma or some kind of bizarre parallel dimension that doesn't have a good Wifi connection, Conan O'Brien is bringing his Conan show to town to tape a week's worth of episodes at The Majestic Theater starting March 31. That means he's also bringing a bunch of celebrity guests like Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler, his Basic Cable Band and hopefully even some of his famous imaginary friends like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (seriously, if Triumph doesn't come to Dallas, the DPD might want to think about putting their SWAT teams on riot duty).

That means he'll also be bringing his staff of writers to DFW to help knock out four hour-long shows for TBS. The Dallas Comedy House announced earlier today on their blog that six of Conan's regular writers will perform a live comedy show on their Deep Ellum stage at 8:30 pm. Tuesday, April 1.

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Stand Up! Records' The Texas Mess Collection Features Sets from Local Comics

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The Dallas comedy scene has grown up so much so fast that among our evolving flock of chuckle monkeys, we now have "young comedians," which in show business terms is somewhere in between the "neurula" and "tadpole" stages of comedy stardom.

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4 Places Conan O'Brien Should Visit While He and His Camera Crew Are in Dallas

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Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien is already in town running around and doing God-knows-what to our beloved city probably while wearing a ridiculous, oversized cowboy hat. That's not a crack about his giant head. That's just what we assume they hand out to out-of-towners as soon as they get off the plane because no one we know here wears those things.

Some of O'Brien's best TV moments didn't involve vomiting puppets or torturing his producer Jordan Schlansky as a weird form of "pre-justice" because he clearly exhibits the creepy demeanor of a serial killer. Conan always works best when his show sets him loose in some unfamiliar setting like the world's most famous toy store, FAQ Schwarz, the American Girl doll store or an 1864 style baseball league. We're sure he's already started filming some remotes for his block of Dallas shows (some nice people in Cleburne tipped us off that he's doing some kind of "Deputy for a Day" piece with the local sheriff's office) but we thought one of these places deserved at least a quick visit.

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The Red-Haired Eagle Has Landed: You and Conan O'Brien Are Now Officially in the Same State As Evidenced By This Photo

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Via Whataburger's Facebook Page
The late night beast walks among us.

We're trying not to go all TMZ here with updates about celebrities doing things that us normals do everyday like stopping for a burger, buying toilet paper in bulk and berating an intern for bringing us the wrong kind of coffee by giving them third-degree burns with it so they'll learn an important lesson. However, this is Conan O'Frickin' Brien, the man who blew up our blog a few weeks back with the small announcement that he would tape a week of shows at the end of the month at The Majestic for his late night show on TBS.

So forgive our gleeful, almost schoolgirl-like excitement upon learning the news that we're now officially sharing a state with the man, his sidekick Andy Richter and (most exciting of all) Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

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Author and Office Star BJ Novak On His New Book One More Thing and Being a Prankster on Punk'd

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The last thing a writer feels like doing on a day when it seems that everything is just out of his reach is bask in the glory of another writer who actually made it. Sometimes the days can consist of getting your ego beaten as if it owed someone money. Standing in the holy light of someone who made it makes the jealousy gland puff up like a spiny blowfish.

My day was one that felt like the last link in a long chain of serious ego beatings. A magazine editor rejected a whole batch of story pitches. Another was making my day even more frustrating.

The only project that did get an OK from my gaggle of editors was a review of writer and actor BJ Novak's live book reading and talk at the Dallas Museum of Art about his new collection of short stories called One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.


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