The lineup for the 2011 season of MPR's Wits™ was announced at the end of January. I got season passes for me & Rick. We'll be starting with Patton Oswalt on March 25th! (If you want to see Patton and can't make it for the MPR show on the 25th, he's also doing one night only at Acme on the 24th.)
This year's Wits™ lineup includes Patton Oswalt, Chuck Klosterman, Sandra Bernhard, Neil Gaiman, Grant Lee Phillips, Paul F. Tompkins, Josh Ritter, and Rosanne Cash. It's going to be a great season! Wits™ shows are on March 25, April 15, May 20, and June 24.
Here's a short video of what Twitter was saying the day the season guests were announced:
In April, we've finally got Jonathan Coulton coming back to town, and he'll have Paul & Storm with him. They're at the Guthrie and tickets are on sale now. I'm feeling like such a slacker. I didn't know about this one before JoCo announced it on his site, so I'll be sitting waaaaaaaaay back in the 5th row.
Paul F. Tompkins is finally doing a show in Minneapolis. It's May 14th at the Parkway Theater, and tickets are on sale now.
There are also a bunch of good comedy shows coming up at Acme Comedy Co. The ones my reliable source recommended are Drew Hastings (this week through Sat.), Tommy Johnagin (March 24th & 25th) and Dana Gould (May 19, 21 & 21). Also, they just added a couple more acts in May that are going to be awesome: Maria Bamford (May 10-14) and Kyle Kinane (May 24-28). We went to Bamford's show last time she was here and she's awesome. I've only hear a short bit of Kyle Kinane's standup on one of the Nerdist podcasts, and he's really good.
If I had unlimited funds and the ability to be in several places at once I'd be attending all these events. Alas, it's not possible. I'll be roadtripping to Florida in May and will have to miss Paul F. Tompkins, Dana Gould, and the Sandra Bernhard/Rosanne Cash Wits™. We will also probably not make it to see Tommy Johnagin because he's just here the two nights and we're at Patton Oswalts' Wits™ show one of those nights. I will definitely be at all the other Wits™ shows, the JoCo/Paul & Storm show. We will probably catch both Maria Bamford and Kyle Kinane.
Hopefully I'll see y'all out at one or more of these!