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Charlie Berens (sold out)

  • Union Theater 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Charlie Berens is a man who knows his market. Each episode of his Wisconsin-focused and Wisconsin-satirizing YouTube show Manitowoc Minute functions like a segment of SNL's Weekend Update but for, you know, Wisconsin. Like comedy-news anchors before him, Berens tackles a curated assortment of national, local, and Midwestern news items from the week, but makes fun of them through the lens of Wisconsidenity and, of course, with an exaggerated Wisconsin accent. (While wearing a camo-print jacket in place of the usual news-anchor sport coat) But Berens is far funnier than anything Weekend Update has done post-Seth Meyers. Instead of laboring jokes to prove how funny he is, Berens restrains himself and lets the absurdity of news events—ranging from Bill O'Reilly's allegations of sexual assault to spear-hunting frogs in Michigan—speak for themselves with the aid of quick, snappy one-liners. How these minute-ish long segments will translate to a live setting is unclear. But at least audience members will be able to repeat Berens' signature catch phrase—""Keep 'er movin'!"—alongside the man himself all night long. —Henry Solo