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Morgan Murphy (multiple showtimes, through April 20)

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

Morgan Murphy's stand-up balances the smart with the smutty. Info/tix

Comedian Morgan Murphy knows how to keep good company. In 2006 she was part of Patton Oswalt's Comedians Of Comedy tour along with Oswalt, Brian Posehn, and Eugene Mirman, who remain some of the brightest stars of indie comedy. And then a decade after that, Murphy was included in Doug Stanhope's Comedians' Comedian's Comedians tour with Stanhope, Brendon Walsh and Glenn Wool. Not to pit these lineups against each other, but it's to Murphy's credit that her material and craft—smart, surprising, and self-deprecatingly smutty—can work equally well in either camp. Her jokes are tightly constructed and delivered with an energy level somewhere on the spectrum slightly above Mitch Hedberg. The topics explored on her 2014 Netflix special, Morgan Murphy: Irish Goodbye (blow jobs, Planned Parenthood, and her hypothetical reactions to pictures of her breasts ending up online), might not qualify as "safe for work," but she manages to wring truly sharp unexpected takes from them. —Chris Lay

Earlier Event: April 18
Foxing, Now, Now, Daddy Issues
Later Event: April 19
Black Belt Eagle Scout, Disq