Comedy Central on Campus Presents: Kevin Barnett

Who is Kevin Barnett?

According to his bio, Kevin Barnett is “a cool guy, who doesn’t usually smell, and showers relatively regularly.” However he’s best known for his roles on Comedy Central, College Humor, and MTV2’s The Guy Code.

And most importantly, he’ll be performing in Madison at Varsity Hall on April 25th. Get your tickets here.

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Select Tweets from Kevin Barnett

  • I don’t give a fuck about science and the warnings it gives. I’m bout to walk thru these streets with these 3D glasses on lookin fly as fuck
  • Hey look, y’all need to remember boners don’t cost nothin
  • Real niggas listen to Drake and miss their old pets.
  • I got a blt with egg on it and thought I changed the game. I didnt.
  • The dude next to me on this flight is watching ghostbusters and I’ve never thought some one was so selfish for wearing headphones.

Review of Kevin Barnett

  • “Enter New York comedians Jermaine Fowler and Kevin Barnett. In their new series, “Homo Thugs,” they take our idea of stereotypical homophobia and gangsterism, turn it on its head and wring all the closeted bigotry right out of it. Oh, and they do it in a hysterically funny way.”-HuffPost

More Lolz

Get your tickets here($13 for students), or click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Comedy Central on Campus Presents: Thomas Middleditch

Who is Thomas Middleditch?

According to his Twitter bio, Thomas Middleditch is an “actor, comedian, writer, MURDERER!!!” from Los Angeles. However he’s better known for his roles in The Campaign, Wolf of Wall Street, The Office, CollegeHumor, and for his star role in the upcoming HBO series Silicon Valley.

And most importantly, he’ll be performing in Madison at Varsity Hall on April 25th. Get your tickets here.

Select Tweets from Thomas Middleditch

  • Just saw a guy with Google Glass walking around. More like Google ASS! Yessssss! HIYO! Burn of the century.
  • I don’t know much, but I know that girls love Porkies 1 & 2. Such chick flicks
  • So whaddya think, am I jacking off to much?
  • Rob Ford and Paula Dean; best couple of 2013.
  • Was there a memo to every hipster in Los Angeles to wear their knit sweater today?


Review of Thomas Middleditch

  • “Even if you don’t know an algorithm from an alligator and think techies are aliens who came to Earth in a Google bus to abduct your children, prepare to laugh your ass off at HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” It’s not only the best show about the culture-dominating tech world to date but one of best new shows of the season.”-SFGate


More Lolz

Get your tickets here($13 for students), or click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Comedy Central on Campus Presents: Emily Heller

Who is Emily Heller?

Emily Heller is a stand-up comedian from San Francisco. She’s appeared on Conan and on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show. She has been named a Comic to Watch by Variety and Comedy Central. She is the creator and star of the Above Average series The Future. She is currently a writer on the FOX comedy Surviving Jack.

And most importantly, she’ll be performing in Madison at Varsity Hall on April 25th. Get your tickets here.

Select Tweets from Emily Heller

  • Stop arresting people for smoking marijuana and start arresting boring people for referring to themselves as “raconteurs”
  • “Lorde’s Latest Selfie Puts It All Out There” is a HuffPo headline I wish I had made up instead of seen
  • I’m a graduate of the School of Soft Knocks (it was my safety school) (I was literally safe there)
  • Hitting “like” on Drake’s Instagram photos like it means something is so zen to me
  • Going on social media at all is basically saying, “I would like to expose myself to more sociopathy and sadism.”


Reviews of Emily Heller (from her website)

    • “A smart, confident set, offering perspective that was distinctly female without being, well, annoying about it.” -Portland Mercury
    • “That’s the smartest five minutes about a mustache ride I’ve ever seen.” -W. Kamau Bell
    • “Last year I got to see the Lance Bangs Presents comedy showcase, so I felt the need to attend again this year, and it did not disappoint. Lance included Emily Heller, who is one of my new favorite comics (I also might want to be her best friend, I don’t know, it’s probably weird for her), and she blew the audience out of the water at the large Bagdad Theater.” -Laughspin

Get your tickets here($13 for students), or click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Tape Deck Tuesday Playlist: Songs to Drive You Through the Week


Most students in Madison travel across campus completely on foot. For some, this lack of driving leads them to daydream about their car back home, and long for the rush of cruising down the open road.

But fear not, automotive enthusiasts. I have conjured a playlist that should satisfy your inner drive to, well, drive. Whether you are in need of some motivation while walking to class, looking for some new tunes to get you through your weekly readings, or you just want to reminisce of joyriding on those country roads back home, here’s a handful of songs that will hopefully steer your mood in the right direction.

“Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue – One of my favorite workout songs. The talkbox guitar solos leave you hard pressed to not pluck some air strings.

“Stroker’s Theme” by The Charlie Daniels Band

“Drive” by Incubus

“Ignition” by R. Kelly – Everyone knows the remix, but I wanted to give some love to the  original here. It’s just as funky.

“Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” by Primus

“Piece of Shit Car” by Adam Sandler

“Police Truck” by Dead Kennedys

“A Day at the Races” by Jurassic 5 featuring Big Daddy Kane and Percy P

“Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)” by Lady GaGa

“White Walls” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring ScHoolboy Q and Hollis – One of my favorites off of The Heist, the fast rapping in both “White Walls” and “A Day at the Races” are always quick to get my head bobbin’.

“Car Chase City” by Tenacious D

“Gold Trans Am” by Ke$ha

“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

“Fuel” by Metallica – Metallica is my favorite band, and this song is definitely one of their greatest from the 90s.

“Magic Bus” by The Who

“Red Barchetta” by Rush

“Aston Martin Music” by Rick Ross featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele

“A Real Hero” by College and Electric Youth – Alright, this one’s not strictly about driving, (literally or metaphorically) but it’s from the soundtrack for the film Drive starring Ryan Gosling. The entire soundtrack is top-notch, but this one was my particular favorite.

If none of these songs do it for you, you can always ghost ride the whip when you head home over spring break. Or at least check out some related videos on YouTube. Trust me. They’re worth it.

This Friday Night on the Terrace: Pat McCurdy

Do you like music? Do you have any semblance of a sense of humor? If you responded “yes” to both of the former questions, you CANNOT MISS Pat McCurdy, who is returning to the Terrace this Friday night to blow your minds on the Terrace.

Pat McCurdy is a household comedian/musician in the Midwest. Throughout the past 30 years, McCurdy has recorded over 13 albums and has played hundreds of shows. He often frequents UW Madison campus to play his infamous song “Sex and Beer,” of which you can feel free to download at the bottom of this post. Wisconsin State Journal praised McCurdy’s live show, saying his “fans get hooked on his presence, his lyrics, his banter with the audience, but also on each other.” 

McCurdy does a phenomenal job of providing an interactive experience for his audience, often having fans come up on stage to join in on his politically incorrect banter. There is no topic that McCurdy won’t cover. From friends with benefits to lesbians to the Green Bay Packers, Pat McCurdy has a song for everyone.

If you’re in the mood for a Terrace show unlike any other, you do NOT want to miss Pat McCurdy this Thursday. Feel free to download “Sex and Beer” below and watch a little preview of Pat McCurdy’s tribute to the 80’s.

Download >> Pat McCurdy – “Sex and Beer

Just Announced: An Evening with Parks & Recreation’s Nick Offerman

It’s official: The man behind one of the most notorious mustaches of our generation will be visiting Madison. Nick Offerman, most famous for portraying Ron Swanson – the blunt, hyper-masculine Director of the Pawnee Department of Parks & Recreation on NBC’s Parks & Recreation – will take the stage at Memorial Union’s Union Theatre for “An Evening with Nick Offerman” on April 18th. The show includes what you might expect of the genius behind a character such as Ron Swanson: a Q & A, humorous anecdotes, acoustic songs (Will Duke Silver be making an appearance?!?!), tips for living a prosperous life (See the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness), and much more.

Let’s talk about a few of the reasons Nick Offerman is every bit as cool in real life as the character he plays on Parks & Recreation: 1) Offerman is an expert woodworker and owner of Offerman Woodshop. He honed his skills as a theater set designer and now puts them to use creating such awesome things as canoes, some of which have been featured on Parks & Recreation. 2) Offerman is married to Megan Mullally, best known as Karen on Will & Grace. She has appeared as Tammy 2, the manipulative second wife (and second to be named Tammy) of Ron Swanson. 3) Offerman appears in the movie re-hash of 21 Jump Street, which opens this Friday and currently has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 27 reviews from top critics. That’s pretty impressive.

A pre-sale for students of the university will occur on March 20th (a week from today) in which 250 tickets will be available for $10. Tickets for the pre-sale must be purchased at the Union box office or by telephone. The next day, March 21st, tickets will be on sale to the public for the price of $15 for students and $25 for non-students. After you buy your ticket, feel free to watch full episodes from this season of Parks & Recreation with it, streaming online until the season returns April 19th. Then show up ready to laugh on Wednesday, April 18th!

Watch to witness some of Offerman’s best work as Swanson: