The Journey from Locked Out to Comedy's Big Leagues

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Performers Michelangelo Everhard, Von Daniel and Jared Burger prepare to square off for everlasting comedy glory (until the next showdown) as the newest ComedySportz franchise in Dallas.

If you could jump in your "comedy time machine" (a time machine that can only be used for the purposes of viewing important moments in comedy groups' histories and therefore can't be used to go back and...I don't know... stop Hitler) to view the history of Locked Out Comedy and set the dial to seven years ago, you'd see them clearing out their stuff from a West End venue around the same time that the rest of the place was slowly turning into a graveyard.

You can guess how they got their name.

"We pondered a name for 40 minutes to an hour," said founder and performer Von Daniel. "Then somebody threw out Locked Out and we went with that. The original owner said, 'I'm no longer going to do this so if you have personal belongings in the theater, get it now or you will be locked out.'"

Now the group not only holds regular shows at the Addison Improv and the Life Central Church's theater in Plano but they also do the bulk of their shows for corporate and private audiences that hear about them solely through word of mouth with no traditional marketing whatsoever other than a website and a Facebook page. They've also earned back the ComedySportz designation they thought Dallas would never have again seven years ago when the old owner closed up the shop.

"We all met at the bar afterwards and said let's just continue doing what we do," Von Daniel says.


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Workaholics' Maribeth Monroe Brings Her All-Female Comedy Troupe Lady Town to Dallas

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Workaholics'Maribeth Monroe and Second City's Kate Duffy

Maribeth Monroe is one busy lady. She's starring in a new dark comedy for HBO called The Brink about a geopolitical whirlwind that could bring about World War III. She's gearing up to shoot the new season of Workaholics where she plays the perpetually stressed and enraged boss, Alice. Plus, she has to drive to and from the set everyday in the hellish, Mad Max-ian landscape that is LA's daily commute.

"Honestly, it's exhausting," Monroe says just after walking through the door of her home in LA from a long day on the set.

A schedule like that might call for endless massages in her downtime. Monroe, however, doesn't stop acting when the director yells "Cut!" She also spends some of her evenings and weekends at Second City Hollywood or flying around the country with her comedy improv troupe called Lady Town starring Monroe, Jaime Moyer and Kate Duffy. The group will perform a local show at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2nd at the Dallas Comedy House.


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Stand-Ups Josh Johnson and Aaron Aryanpur Will Be on Fox's Laughs (and How Aryanpur Almost Lost His Big Shot)

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A new TV show is trying to bring stand-up comedy back to mainstream television in a way that doesn't pit eager chuckle monkeys against each other in a battle of meaningless challenges that have nothing to do with comedy. Two names who first took to the mic in Dallas' burgeoning comedy community will be featured on the show and they didn't have to pick a fight over who ate whose Oreos just to earn a few extra seconds of airtime.

Josh Johnson and Aaron Aryanpur are two of the comics who will be featured on a new stand-up showcase for Fox called Laughs hosted and produced by comedian Steve Hofstetter.

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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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