comedy http://michiganradio.org en Meet Heywood Banks: Michigan comedian, lover of toast http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-heywood-banks-michigan-comedian-lover-toast <p>One of Michigan's big contributions to the world of comedy is Heywood Banks.</p><p>Whether he's playing his guitar or his trusty toaster, he's made audiences laugh all over the country.</p><p>He's appeared on A&amp;E, MTV, and Entertainment Tonight. And he was the MC for both nights of the 2012 Ann Arbor Folk Festival.</p><p>He'll be playing at The Ark on March 15; he joined us today on Stateside.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHptn_3RyYE</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:25:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 16827 at http://michiganradio.org Meet Heywood Banks: Michigan comedian, lover of toast Stateside for Thursday, Feb.13, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb13-2014 <p>When it comes to support for emergency care services, the U.S. just barely squeaked by with a passing grade, at least according to a new state-by-state report card put out by the American College of Emergency Physicians.<br /><br />And how did Michigan measure up, you might ask? Well, it turns out we're failing in access to emergency health care. We heard some recommendations about ways to move forward.</p><p>Then, we met a woman who’s trying to help people come together to have some uncomfortable, but enlightening, conversations about race, class and more.</p><p>And, we spoke with Daniel Howes about Tom Lewand, Detroit’s job czar.</p><p>Also, “Saturday Night Live” just hired its first black female cast member in five years. Will this bring more attention to other black comedians?</p><p>And, a Michigan historian gave us a closer look at how Michigan milkweed helped us in World War II.</p><p>Also, the Michigan Human Society has a new way to find homes for their animals: social media.</p><p>First on the show, h<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ow do you best measure the progress of students in Michigan's classrooms and, by extension, the effectiveness of their teachers?</span></p><p>It's one of the thorniest challenges being debated in Michigan education.</p><p>For years, the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP)&nbsp;and the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) have been the assessment tools. Now, with the move to the Common Core Standards, it's out with the&nbsp;MEAP&nbsp;and MME and in with the what?</p><p>Districts around Michigan are gearing up for an online adaptive assessment test in the spring of 2015.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Education says the state has only one option for testing students on the Common Core State Standards for the next three years.</p><p>And that option is the Smarter Balanced Assessment – the SBA.</p><p>But state lawmakers haven't made that official.</p><p>We wondered how districts&nbsp; are preparing for the SBA or whatever test they're told to administer next year.</p><p>William Heath is the superintendent of the&nbsp;Morrice&nbsp;Area Schools and principal at&nbsp;Morrice&nbsp;Junior and Senior High School located in&nbsp;Shiawassee&nbsp;County. He joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:53:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 16442 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb.13, 2014 Black female comedians are receiving more attention http://michiganradio.org/post/black-female-comedians-are-receiving-more-attention <p>A new face recently joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" and made plenty of headlines when she did.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Comic </span>Sasheer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Zamata<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> became the first black female cast member of </span>SNL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in five years, since the departure of Maya Rudolph. She was discovered through a talent search that focused strictly on black female comedians.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does this extra attention mean for other black women who want to make us laugh?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of those women is </span>Detroiter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Satori </span>Shakoor<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, actor, writer, comedian and creator of "The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers." She joined us today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></span></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:53:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 16437 at http://michiganradio.org Black female comedians are receiving more attention Laughing matters at Arab-American comedy festival in Dearborn http://michiganradio.org/post/laughing-matters-arab-american-comedy-festival-dearborn <p>A new festival will feature comedians from Arab-American and other minority backgrounds.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://1001laughs.com/">1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival</a> happens September 27 and 28 at the <a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/">Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.</a></p><p><a href="http://www.amerzahr.com/">Amer Zahr </a>is the festival&#39;s producer and he&#39;ll also be performing a few sets.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PfZl0O9qPA Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 14502 at http://michiganradio.org Listen to this hilarious story from a Detroit comedian featured on The Moth Radio Hour http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-hilarious-story-detroit-comedian-featured-moth-radio-hour <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A Detroit comedian is featured in this week’s episode of The Moth Radio Hour.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Back when he was 12, Horace H.B. Sanders, a stand-up comic from the Motor City, showed up to a costume party in his homemade ninja costume.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Turns out, he was the only one who dressed up for the party.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Listen to <a href="http://themoth.org/posts/storytellers/horace-h-b-sanders">Sander’s hilarious story</a>, recorded at a Grand Slam in Detroit.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:01:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14560 at http://michiganradio.org Listen to this hilarious story from a Detroit comedian featured on The Moth Radio Hour 'Gilda's Big Night Out' to raise money for cancer support groups http://michiganradio.org/post/gildas-big-night-out-raise-money-cancer-support-groups <p>Gilda's Club is an organization that consists of groups across the country which provide laughter and support to cancer patients.</p><p>The organization is named after Gilda Radner. She was one of the brightest faces in comedy. The University of Michigan alum was in the original cast of Saturday Night Live. She passed away from ovarian cancer in 1989.&nbsp;</p><p>One of her close friends and partner in comedy, Allen Zweibel, spoke with Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty about Radner.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:40:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 12610 at http://michiganradio.org 'Gilda's Big Night Out' to raise money for cancer support groups Paula Poundstone brings her stand-up comedy to Dearborn http://michiganradio.org/post/paula-poundstone-brings-her-stand-comedy-dearborn <p>Paula Poundstone is one of the funniest people in Public Radio. You can hear her test her knowledge of the news, and throw in a few quips on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. This Friday, she’ll be performing at the Ford Community Performing Arts Center.</p><p>About thirteen years ago, when Poundstone started with Wait Wait, the show was produced mostly in-studio.</p><p>“The show was still really, really fun to do. But it definitely and obviously took on a stronger energy by virtue of having a responsive crowd in from of us, which is really, really fun,” she said.</p><p>Poundstone draws comical inspiration from the crowd during her stand-up as well.</p><p>“My favorite part of the night is, I do a time honored, ‘where are you from, what do you do for a living?’ And little biographies emerge, and I kind of use that to set my sails for what to talk about,” she said.</p><p>Go <a href="http://www.dearbornfordcenter.com/">here </a>to find out more this Friday's event.</p><p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:39:19 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9053 at http://michiganradio.org Paula Poundstone brings her stand-up comedy to Dearborn Raunchy TV script by Michigan's Rep. McCotter surfaces http://michiganradio.org/post/raunchy-tv-script-michigans-rep-mccotter-surfaces <p>Things don&#39;t seem to be going all that well in U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter&#39;s (R-Livonia) political career. His bid for the Republican presidential nomination <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-thaddeus-mccotter-drops-his-bid-president">sputtered out last year</a>, and more recently, he was forced to give up his Congressional re-election campaign over <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/mccotter-drops-plans-write-campaign-hang-michigan-congressional-seat">falsified petition signatures</a>.</p><p>But perhaps he has a future in show business.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:46:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8154 at http://michiganradio.org Raunchy TV script by Michigan's Rep. McCotter surfaces Grand Rapids tosses world record 925 rubber chickens at once http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-tosses-world-record-925-rubber-chickens-once <p>Grand Rapids smashed the former world record for rubber chicken chucking set last April in a town near Boston. They got 265 people to toss rubber chickens at once. Last night Grand Rapids tossed an impressive 925.</p><p>The world record title marked the beginning of LaughFest. An event that&#39;ll take over much of Grand Rapids over the next 9 days. Those little yellow smiley faces representing the festival dot billboards, bar windows, churches; people even wear them as lapel pins.</p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:36:38 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1605 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids tosses world record 925 rubber chickens at once