Arts InSight

Whatever Fest Showcases a Little Bit of, Well…Whatever

Posted on · Houston Whatever Fest — the two-day music, comedy and art showcase – is this weekend (Nov. 21-22), featuring musical acts like Ghostland Observatory and Metric, along with comedians like TJ Miller and Doug Benson. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse caught up with founder Jason Price at Warehouse Live and asked him to explain what exactly […]

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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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Defining Gentrification and Chris Gethard: Thursday’s Show (October 8, 2015)

Posted on · You may have heard Andrew Schneider’s story a week ago about a recent study from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability, which found the cost of living in Houston is no longer a bargain. According to the 5th Houston Sustainability Indicators Report, Houstonians spend more than 45 percent of their income on transportation and housing, the definition the U.S. Department of Transportation uses […]

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The New Space Race and Bobcat Goldthwait: Friday’s Show (September 25, 2015)

Posted on · During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a space race. In 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth. The next year, in response, the U.S. established NASA and began the Mercury program. The Soviets put the first man in space. The U.S. was the first to […]

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From Circus Ringmaster, to Sports Mascot, to Comedian — Cameron Esposito Talks About Paying Her Dues

Posted on · It’s safe to say comedian Cameron Esposito has made it. She’s performed around the county and been on national TV – including one late night performance where Jay Leno called her “the future” of comedy. But that doesn’t mean she didn’t have to pay her dues. She’s had to work a number of jobs before […]

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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 […]

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Klineberg on Houston’s Hispanics and Comedian W. Kamau Bell: Houston Matters for Friday, November 7, 2014

Posted on · Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice Sociology Professor and founding director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, unveils a new report today titled “Shared Prospects: Hispanics and the Future of Houston.” The report examines the educational and economic experiences of different Hispanic communities in and around Houston, and explores the implications for their future, and […]

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Adoption, Grandparents Raising Grandkids, and Dealing with Grief: Houston Matters for Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Posted on · According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, more than five thousand Texas children in their care were adopted last year. That’s a 6.5 percent increase in adoptions from the previous year. Still, in Greater Houston, more than 1,500 kids are waiting to be adopted. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine […]

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Houston Improv Festival Organizers Improv…About Improv

Posted on · The Houston Improv Festival runs April 24-27 at the Midtown Art Center. The event features numerous improv shows, workshops and even the screening of a movie about improv. So, instead of just conducting an interview about the event, Craig Cohen — an improv-er himself — puts several of the organizers through their paces playing various improv games.

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What’s Funny and What’s Not? New Play Tackles that Question

Posted on · Houston’s Alley Theatre is currently featuring the world premiere of a play called “Fool” from playwright Theresa Rebeck, where two kings decide to engage in a friendly wager: Which of their respective court jesters is funnier? The two jesters go head-to-head in a sort-of Medieval version of Last Comic Standing – with the winner getting to […]

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Alice in Wonderland Unscripted: Improv Group Puts Oddball Twists on Classic Stories

Posted on · In the last year, the folks at ComedySportz Houston, late on Saturday nights, have been recreating some classic stories in oddball ways. They turn to the audience for suggested replacements in character occupations, props, and settings, and then improvise a staged adaptation of the tale in question. Think Star Wars, but with mops instead 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 […]

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What’s It Take to Be Funny in Houston? Comedians & Improv Artists Discuss

Posted on · We all need a good laugh now and then. But does Houston have enough chuckles to offer six million plus people the punch lines they covet? We’ll talk with a panel of Houston-area comedians about stand-up, improv comedy, and other signs of laughter in H-town. Our panel includes: Comedian Ty Mahany; veteran stand up Andy […]