Is Steve-O Really Sober and Celibate? Jackass Star Brings Stand-Up to Improv Miami

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When Steve-O, the most infamous member of MTV's Jackass, announced he was going to do stand-up, we worried it might be like the time Daffy Duck blew himself up to prove he had the best act ever.

Thankfully, Steve-O has shown a remarkable amount of self-control and hasn't tried many of the violent and self-deprecating antics that garnered him his fame. Instead, Steve-O's trademark daredevil attitude permeates his act with a vicious self-efficacy in the best possible way. Of course, there's the occasional clown college moment, but he's a surprisingly great stand-up comedian.

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Nick Swardson at SoBe Comedy Fest: On Partying In Miami, and Lack of Fan Support For His Films

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Let's all admit it together, we love Nick Swardson. It feels a little guilty, considering that he is the guy that was one of the main writers behind Malibu's Most Wanted, Grandma's Boy, and Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star. But like it or not, once one of those movies pops onto Comedy Central in the middle of the night, it's time to grab a bag of Doritos and laugh at all the classic Swardson moments, like an adult man impersonating a robot, brilliantly mocking coworkers as "turd nuggets."

It's not just his films that any comedy fan has come to love. He's also been a fan favorite scene stealer as roller skating diva Terry Bernadino in Reno 911!, as well as for his appearances in Adam Sandler movies, and let's not even get started with the brilliance that momentarily blessed Comedy Central's airwaves as Nick Swardson's Pretend Times. Will anyone ever forget characters like Gay Robot or Wheelchair Cat?

While Swardson has fully established himself in film and TV, at heart, he is still the stand-up comedian that bravely got up on Minnesota stages at the age of 18. To reinvigorate his stand-up career, Swardson is coming to this year's SoBe Comedy Festival Saturday, April 5, where he'll be appearing at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

In preparation for his arrival we asked about the notorious partier's plans to tear up Miami's nightlife, his life as a comedian, and the frustration he's experienced from a lack of fan support for his movies.

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Joe Rogan Takes Over @NewTimesStreet, Answers Your Questions for an Hour Tonight

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Uh oh, did the Miami New Times just tweet something about DMT? Legal marijuana? Stripper poles? Beating the crap out of some douchebag and why he deserved it?

Honestly, we have no idea what's about to happen, but Joe Rogan is officially taking over the New Times marketing twitter account for one full hour as part of the lead up to his sure-to-be hilarious performance at the South Beach Comedy Festival, tomorrow at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Rogan takes control at 7 p.m., and you can chat along with the insanity using the hashtag #SBCFJoeRogan.

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W. Kamau Bell Wants to Make You Laugh and Think: "I'm Telling Jokes, but I'm Not Kidding"

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Comedian W. Kamau Bell is best known for his acclaimed and somehow cancelled talk show Totally Biased. He brought humor to issues other shows wouldn't touch with a rational tone rarely found on television. On the bright side, he now has more time for stand-up, and he is more than ready for us.

He will be at the South Beach Comedy Festival Thursday night performing his new "Oh, Everything!" tour in preparation of his first hour-long special (finally). The gracious and down to Earth Mr. Bell spoke to Cultist about his first impressions of Miami, cutting his comedy with meaning, and repairing his resilient, crushed soul in the aftermath of the modern television circus.

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Chris Hardwick on Loving the Internet: "I Was on Reddit Every Day"

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Chris Hardwick is a busy man. He does standup, runs the podcast juggernaut that is Nerdist Industries, is the voice of Craig in the Nickelodeon series Sanjay and Craig, hosts the Comedy Central comedian game show, @midnight (which has recently been renewed for a second season), and he's probably in your kitchen right now making you eggs. Really. Go look. I'll wait.

Ok, I'm sorry for lying, and now you're craving eggs, but my point is that Chris Hardwick is a hardworking dude. On April 4th, he's heading to the South Beach Comedy Festival to film the first ever live @midnight with guests Doug Benson, Matt Braunger, and Arden Myrin.

We caught up with the James Franco of jokes before he hits South Beach to talk about @midnight, television, and that weird thing known as the internet.

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Joe Rogan on Bigfoot, Legalizing Marijuana, and Other Mind-Blowing Insanities

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We'll probably never find Bigfoot, but if we do, I think we should send Joe Rogan to make initial contact. Worst-case scenario, the Jiu Jitsu black belt can try and defeat the Squatch, maybe breaking an arm before getting ripped to pieces by the giant ape. Best-case scenario, the two will get real high together and talk about space on the first ever interspecies podcast.

Like Bigfoot, Joe Rogan is hard to identify. Is he a comic, a fighter, a TV host? He's all of those and more. Rogan's been doing standup since the 80s, practicing martial arts since he was 13, and making one of the most popular podcasts on the planet for the last four years. He has hosted NBC's Fear Factor, he's the commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and he just wrapped up a season of his new SyFy show, Joe Rogan Questions Everything.

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Mad Cat Theater Company Represents Miami at SoBe Comedy Fest with Gerald Ford Superfreak

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This year's SoBe Comedy Fest is less than a week away, and the lineup looks like yet another Miami Beach invasion from all parts of America without much that's South Floridian. Previous Fest line-ups included some local talent among headliners, but this year, the torch is carried proudly and solely by one group of weirdos: the Mad Cat Theater Company.

The group will perform their original play, Gerald Ford Superfreak, Wednesday, April 2, at Backstage at the Fillmore (1700 Washington Ave). Mad Cat Theater founder Paul Tei, and playwrights Jessica Farr and Theo Reyna have envisioned a world in which President Ford is a "Superfreak" - which would be almost as spectacular as imagining Thomas Jefferson as a space alien, or Zachery Taylor as a President that anyone remembered anything about.

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Local Comic Daniel Reskin Readies a One-Off Talk Show for Latest Project: Casa de Haha Tonight

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Daniel Reskin, long-time underground Miami comic and host of Casa de Ha Ha, recently announced on his blog that he was going rogue. After ten years as a waiter, which was the source of some of his jokes, he's finally been able to move on and perform stand up as a full time job, which amounts to a whole bunch of poverty and satisfaction.

Those who haven't made it to Sweat Records for Reskin's weekly hosting duties or standup have missed one of Miami's most talented comics. He's graced the pages of our own Miami New Times both as subject and writer, has performed countless local comedy shows, and now announces his biggest project to date: Casa De Ha Ha Tonight.

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The Return of Miami Improv Takes the Comedy to Kendall

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If you've read our interview with Michael Yo, then you might have guessed the latest big news -- the Miami Improv is back!

The Improv, formerly located in Coconut Grove, has come to the expansive Kendall Village Center's 12,000-square-foot entertainment venue, Homefield Sports Bar & Grill. The official kick-off of the Improv starts this Saturday night with Yo as its first act.

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Michael Yo Brings a Hot Mess to Miami

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You've probably seen Michael Yo interviewing celebrities on E! News or Chelsea Lately. But staring at a screen is bad for your health, so this weekend you'll be able to see Yo live. He won't be interviewing anyone, because he'll be onstage for his Hot Mess Comedy Tour, giving audiences a humorous peek inside his life.

Miamians probably remember Yo as an afternoon radio host on Y100, where he worked for 12 years.

"It did really well," Yo says. "I did six of the years in L.A. I was doing it out of my house."

TV took him away from radio hosting duties in January, but now his upcoming performance onstage at the Improv at Homefield is set for the homecoming.

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