• Comedian AJ Finney snags Best of Midwest title and $2,500 at Gilda’s LaughFest

    GRAND RAPIDS — After performing three sets in two different rooms — Dr. Grins and an adjacent showroom — Missouri-based comedian AJ Finney snagged the $2,500 grand prize at Gilda’s LaughFest Best of the Midwest Competition last night. Underwritten by Wolverine Worldwide and judged by a panel of local media and national industry (myself included) as well as the audience, Finney competed against nine other regional comics: Johnny Beehner, Kevin

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    Review: Comedians You Should Know (the album)

    Comedians crave the spotlight the way plants covet sunlight. So Wednesdays at Timothy O’Toole’s in Chicago, their lodge of sorts, Marty DeRosa, Danny Kallas, Joe Kilgallon, Mike Lebovitz, Drew Michael and Michael Sanchez reconvene their six-member comedy club: Comedians You Should Know. As if on a dimmer switch, the six sets on Comedians You Should Know (Red Bar Comedy Records) go from light to dusky to absolutely Marc Maron–facsimile dark.

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    Comedians You Should Know (the album)

    Comedians crave the spotlight the way plants covet sunlight. So Wednesdays at Timothy O’Toole’s in Chicago, their lodge of sorts, Marty DeRosa, Danny Kallas, Joe Kilgallon, Mike Lebovitz, Drew Michael and Michael Sanchez reconvene their six-member comedy club: Comedians You Should Know. As if on a dimmer switch, the six sets on Comedians You Should Know (Red Bar Comedy Records) go from light to dusky to absolutely Marc Maron–facsimile dark.

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