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Located in the Warehouse District, this house of humor sits just outside of the downtown scene. Comedians take the stage Mondays through Saturdays twice each evening. Jokes aren't the only thing you get at Acme -- the adjacent restaurant Sticks includes a full menu, and the cocktail specials in the bar are comprised of namesake carafe blends like the Three Stooges or the Bob Hope. The tap beers are diverse enough to satisfy brew lovers looking to try something new, and wine enthusiasts can enjoy an equally extensive selection. Dinner and show specials are available, along with a newly added happy hour, giving plenty of opportunity to bring some laughter into your evening escape.
The challenge: Be as funny as you can be in 3 minutes. The rules: The rules are simple. The contest is for amateurs only, if you have ever been pai...
"I'm an outsider," says Bengt Washburn (the "g" is silent). "I grew up Mormon; devout Mormon, not crazy polygamist Mormon, not irreparably an outsi...
Acme's "Caught in the Act" open-mic night may well be the best free show in the Twin Cities. The lineup is a balanced blend of unpredictable and ex...
Since graduating from St. Paul Central High School in 2001 with a class-clown credit to his name, Joe Mande hasn't wasted any time making his humorous mark on grander stages. Having alternately garnered acclaim for his standup comedy on the East... More »
Headlining comedian Joe Mande has a day job, albeit a cool one. As a staff writer on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, he still manages to perform standup around the country, sometimes featuring ... More »
For comedian Tom Papa, standup is almost like therapy. "I was just on vacation with my family," he says from his home in New York City. "If I had another job, I wouldn't be able to open up about that in public. But I can go into a comedy club and... More »
Comedian Laurie Kilmartin mentions Canadian scientist Yvonne Brill immediately when asked about her heroes. "I love old people who died with a kick-ass obituary," she explains. Comedy may not be rocket science, but it's worth noting that NASA has... More »
If standup has a First Avenue, local and touring comedians alike will pinpoint Acme as a top candidate. And it's not just because it's one of the few dedicated Twin Cities venues to tough out two decades, through comedy boom and bust alike. The 275-strong capacity crowds are big enough to make good sets feel utterly electric without dwarfing the headliner's up-close impact, a dynamic that works to the benefit of cult favorites and comedy-connoisseur heroes like Maria Bamford, Kyle Kinane,... More »
Standup is alive and well in the Twin Cities. With new clubs opening recently, the area now has no fewer than five venues supporting the comedic arts and bringing in some of the country's top acts. Acme Comedy Co., however, is the stage that stands apart from all others. By packing its schedule each month with hilarious headliners, both rising young comedians and proven vets, Acme has made itself one of the must-stops for any serious comic touring the Midwest. Big names like Chad Daniels,... More »
Imagine a Twin Cities open mic where the likes of Jeremy Messersmith, Aby Wolf, and Lucy Michelle stopped in weekly to debut new songs, and which occasionally played host to stars like Brother Ali, Bob Mould, or even His Purple Eminence. The standup comedy equivalent of this improbably stacked show takes place every Monday at Acme, where some of the best up-and-coming comedians in the country go to work out new jokes and hone their acts, and where surprise out-of-town guests are always a... More »
Tuesdays through Saturdays at this Warehouse District basement club are reserved for big-name locals (like Dave Mordahl and Darlene Westgor), talk-show circuit veterans, and B-plus-list coastal types. Which is all well and good, but in the age of Arrested Development and The Office, the real funny is born of uncomfortable silences and awkward characters. And for that, no open mic in the metro can hold a whoopee cushion to Acme's Monday night amateur showcase, "Caught in the Act." For an hour... More »
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