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How a Comedian Ran for Mayor In Iceland and Won — Then Fell In Love with Houston

Posted on · (Above: Houston Public Media’s Edel Howlin poses in 2015 with comedian Jon Gnarr, who once served at the mayor of Iceland’s biggest city.) It’s not that surprising to find all sorts of interesting people rolling through Houston. It is, after all, the nation’s fourth-largest city. And we’re a major player in all sorts of industries. […]

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Cheech Marin Discusses His Career and Reminds You: Don’t Call Him ‘Chong’

Posted on · (Above: Cheech and Cohen – Comedian Cheech Marin and Houston Matters host Craig Cohen. Photo: Abner Fletcher, Houston Public Media) Whatever you do, don’t call Cheech Marin “Chong.” The comedian is tired of being mistaken for his longtime comedy partner Tommy Chong, and he discusses his relationship with his former partner – and his career […]

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Hidden Worlds of WWI, and Comedian Cheech Marin: Thursday’s Show (April 6, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The underground dining area of a WWI French soldier, as photographed by Houston doctor Jeff Gusky. Image Courtesy: jeffgusky.com) When we think of the brutal warfare of World War I, we tend to think of the 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians dead, of infantrymen waging war with guns and grenades, hiding in muddy […]

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Mother of Comedian Harris Wittels on Dealing With a Child’s Drug Overdose

Posted on · Harris Wittels‘ success was fast, and it was early. He attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. And, At age 22, comedian Sarah Silverman discovered him at a stand-up club and had him write for her show on Comedy Central. His last project was writing for and co-producing the Netflix series Master of […]

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Comedian Hari Kondabolu on Race, Politics and NPR Pledge Drives

Posted on · Comedian Hari Kondabolu performs in Houston Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016) at The Secret Group. A lot of his act focuses on diversity, race and politics, which he says keeps him “on NPR and off television” (even though he’s on TV plenty). Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talked with him about his comedy, but first – since Kondabolu […]

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Finding Your Voice As An Indian-American Comic in Houston

Posted on · On March 26, Houston Holi will hold its 9th annual celebration of the Indian Festival of color, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. The event features music, dances and the throwing of color on one’s beloved, just as Lord Krishna did with his lover Radha. The event is hosted by Sunil Thakkar, Houston comedian […]

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Paula Poundstone Answers the Most Random Questions We Could Think Of

Posted on · Comedian Paula Poundstone performs in Houston tonight (Jan. 15, 2016) at the Wortham Theatre Center. In honor of her latest trip to Houston, we bring you an encore of a conversation we had with Paula prior to her visit in June 2015 for a taping of  NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! at Jones Hall. Prior to that, we reached […]

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Comedian Chris Gethard Says Go Ahead, Feed the Trolls

Posted on · Comedian Chris Gethard is headlining this weekend’s Trill Comedy Festival at Station Theater. He’s the host of The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion. The program developed a cult following for its efforts to break from traditional TV show norms. New York Magazine likened the ten-episode series to “a party on the public access airwaves.” We ask him about […]

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Paula Poundstone Answers the Most Random Questions We Could Think Of

Posted on · Comedian Paula Poundstone will be in Houston Thursday night (06/25/15). She’s serving, as she often does, on the panel of NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! The program will be taped at Jones Hall, and then it will air on News 88.7 this Saturday and Sunday morning at 10. Also Thursday, tickets go on sale for her […]

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How a Comedian Ran for Mayor In Iceland — and Won

Posted on · (Above: Edel Howlin poses with comedian Jon Gnarr, who once served at the mayor of Iceland’s biggest city.) It’s not that surprising to find all sorts of interesting people rolling through Houston. It is, after all, the nation’s fourth-largest city. And we’re a major player in all sorts of industries. For a while, one of […]

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Andy Huggins Discusses A Life In Comedy

Posted on · We learn about veteran Houston comedian Andy Huggins, who’s an alum of both The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and Houston’s Comedy Workshop. He was one of the Texas Outlaw Comics in the 1980s, which included Riley Barber, Steve Epstein, John Farneti, Jimmy Pineapple and Bill Hicks. More: Hear Houston Matters’ interview with local comedians, including Andy […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Mayoral Candidates, One Sticker and Snapchat Confessions: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a lack of female candidates in Houston’s mayoral race, to problems with the roll-out of the state’s “One Sticker” vehicle registration/inspection program, to going to confession via Snapchat: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Lorís Simón from Literal: […]