Comedy

The State of Things
11:57 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Risky Behavior

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Host Frank Stasio talks with “Risk!” founder Kevin Allison and local storyteller Andrew Aghapour.

Many people assume comedy requires wacky characters and crazy scenarios. But for comedian Kevin Allison, vulnerability is key. His podcast and live show, "Risk!", features personal stories the tellers never thought they would share. "Risk!" will be at DSI Comedy Theater in Chapel Hill on Friday at 8:30pm. 

Check out last week's podcast. The theme was stung. On The State of Things, we played a clip featuring LA-based comedian Jen Kirkman.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu February 6, 2014

'Hug A Muslim': Comedians Come to Chapel Hill To Take On Islamophobia

The Muslims Are Coming! A film by Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah

Film director and comedian Negin Farsad talks about fighting Islamophobia in America

Since 9/11, some news accounts portray Muslim-Americans only as terrorist threats. These stories create stereotypes in the minds of the American public. A new film, The Muslims Are Coming, co-directed by Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, follows a group of Muslim-American comedians on a tour across America. 

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The State of Things
2:21 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

A New Year's Laugh Is Good For The Soul

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We all like a good chuckle, but what if laughing was actually good for more than entertainment?

Research from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that laughter may be good for far more. In honor of that, here are some great comedy acts to laugh at. You can hear the State of Things show on the topic of humor here.

Warning: Videos below may contain strong language or content.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

How Comedy Shapes Our Relationships

We all like a good chuckle, but what if laughing was actually good for more than entertainment? Research from the North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that laughter may be good for far more. In fact, it may be the key to a healthy relationship.

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The State of Things
10:21 am
Wed June 19, 2013

The Kids In The Hall Co- Founder Teaches Comedy In Carrboro

Kids in the Hall on the red carpet. Kevin McDonald is in the gray suit.
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Comedian Kevin McDonald gives insight into his upcoming workshop, Dirty South Improv

The late ‘80s and early ‘90s were a good time for funny television. The Kids In The Hall sketch comedy show took to the airwaves and amused a generation of viewers with their unique brand of sketch comedy.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue April 9, 2013

International Comedy Duo Take North Carolina

Igudesman & Joo join host Frank Stasio in the studio to listen to some of their performances and talk about mixing classical music with pop songs, props, and slapstick.

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo met at music school at age 12, and they've been on a mission ever since to make classical music a little less serious. The two accomplished musicians are bringing their classical music comedy show to Greensboro and Greenville this weekend. Igudesman & Joo join host Frank Stasio in the studio to listen to some of their performances and talk about mixing classical music with pop songs, props, and slapstick.

The State of Things
10:49 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Vote Zach Galifianakis

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To prepare for his new role in “The Campaign” as a small-town conservative in a no-holds-barred congressional race, comedian Zach Galifianakis looked to the past.

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Funny Man Ditches Persona And Finds Comedy In Authenticity

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A conversation with comedian Kevin Allison

  Kevin Allison is perhaps best known for his work on the 1990s-era sketch comedy show “The State”. After it wrapped, he found himself adrift, until he discovered that by being himself on stage, he could get big laughs.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

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Writer Rosecrans Baldwin landed a job at a Parisian ad agency, and so for 18 months he and his wife lived in the City of Lights. What they confronted was a globalized and modernized city, which differed radically from the Paris of Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

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