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Michelle Wolf (multiple showtimes)

  • Comedy Club on State 202 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Michelle Wolf might be new to controversy, but has been an excellent stand-up for a long time. Info/tix

Photo by Mindy Tucker.

Photo by Mindy Tucker.

Michelle Wolf has had a tumultuous year in the national spotlight, something of a shocking twist for a topical, eminently likable stand-up whose act consists of sly one-liners and punchlines delivered with a deceptively shy smile. . Wolf, more than anything, is a topical comedian. It's not quite fair for political controversy to define the career of an already very funny comedian, but Wolf really was at her best in an April 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner monologue that gleefully shattered the cozy civility of the event in favor of merciless truth-telling. Wolf set up her jokes rather inconspicuously along the lines of, "I know President Trump isn't here tonight. I would have dragged him here myself. But..." and then finished with scorched-earth punchlines like, "  turns out the president is the one pussy in the US you aren't allowed to grab."

Jokes like these showcase the former Daily Show correspondent's knack for staring into the abyss of absurdity and hypocrisy without blinking, and mining it for clever tidbits of humor. It's a shame that Wolf was not able to convert the strengths of her act properly into the cancelled one-season Netflix show The Break With Michelle Wolf, but it is exciting nonetheless to see her continue to perform her unfiltered stand-up that tears down boundaries between performer and audience. In bits like one about farting while walking home as a form of women's self-defense, Wolf cuts expertly between dark realities and the fundamentals of comedic craft. —Henry Solo

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