Sunday, December 10, 2017

Brainerd Lakes Area Minnesota Fishing Report: December 8, 2017

Strong winds prevented the big lakes such as Gull and Whitefish from locking up early this week. Anglers are walking on North Long Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Lake Edwards with 4 to 6 inches of ice being found. Crappies, northern pike, and sunfish are being caught on these lakes in 12 to 14 feet.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Netflix New Releases December 2017

TV Shows

Available December 1

• All Hail King Julien: Season 5
• A StoryBots Christmas
• Chef & My Fridge: 2017
• Dark: Season 1
• Easy: Season 2
• TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 4
Available December 4

• When Calls the Heart: Season 4
Available December 8

• The Crown: Season 2
Available December 11

• The Magicians: Season 2
Available December 14

• A&E: When Patients Attack
• Ainsley Eats the Streets: Season 1
• Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4

Available December 15

• El SeƱor de los Cielos: Season 5
• Erased: Season 1
• Reggie Yates Outside Man: Volume 2
• The Ranch: Part 4
• Trollhunters: Part 2
• Wormwood
Available December 19

• The Indian Detective: Season 1
Available December 20

• La Casa de Papel: Season 1
Available December 21

• Peaky Blinders: Season 4
Available December 22

• 72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America: Season 1
• Dope: Season 1
• Fuller House: Season 3, New Episodes
• Rosario Tijeras: Season 1
• The Toys That Made Us: Season 1
Available December 23

• Myths & Monsters: Season 1
Available December 25

• Cable Girls: Season 2
• Planet Earth II
Available December 26

• Travelers: Season 2
• All Hail King Julien: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
• Beat Bugs: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
• Larva: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
• Pororo: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
• Puffin Rock: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
• Skylanders Academy: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
• Trollhunters: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
• True and the Rainbow Kingdom: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
• Word Party: New Year’s Eve Countdown 2018
Available December 29

• Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 2, Part 1
• La Mante: Season 1


Noteworthy selections in bold.
Available December 1

• 8 Mile
• Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
• Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
• August Rush
• Diana: In Her Own Words
• Dreamcatcher
• DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays
• Exporting Raymond
• The Farthest - Voyager in Space
• Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story
• Full Metal Jacket
• Hitch
• The Little Rascals
• My Happy Family
• Nacho Libre
• Sahara
• Tyson
• V for Vendetta
• The Wackness
• The Young Victoria
• Voyeur
• While You Were Sleeping
Available December 5

• Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight
• Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Available December 6

• Trolls Holiday Special
Available December 8

• El Camino Christmas
Available December 11

• Catwoman
Available December 12

• Judd Apatow: The Return
• The Santa Clause
• The Santa Clause 2
• The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Available December 14

• 41 Dogs in My Home
Available December 15

• A Five Star Life
• Christmas Inheritance
• Discovering Bigfoot
• Drillbit Taylor
• Freeway: Crack in the System
• The Haunting of Helena
• The Mafia Kills Only in Summer
• Neverlake
• Pottersville
• Ultimate Beastmaster
Available December 19

• Miss Me This Christmas
• Russell Howard: Recalibrate
• You Can’t Fight Christmas
Available December 22

• Bright
Available December 23

• Creep 2
Available December 26

• Todd Barry: Spicy Honey
Available December 27

• Pusher
Available December 29

• The Climb
• Killer Legends
• Shelter
Available December 31

• Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
• Fun Mom Dinner

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Preparing First Five Minutes of StandUp Comedy

Links to info:  Easy to follow and simple basics of comedy preparation  free video signup too! Instructions on creating a set list and other great resources Getting ready for 1st open mic.  I really appreciate the parts on how to stand out from other first open mic.(ers)

Forum with good advice on first comedy outing:
Anatomy of a joke and other great advice
Reddit standup discussion with many great pointers and suggestions
Great info. on how to write jokes

Comedy Open Mics: Minnesota

Comedy at Red Carpet St. Cloud

Mike Brody's info on Twin Cities Open Mics.


To add/remove your open mic: email with "Open Mic List" as subject.
Also, here is a site with the list of MPLS/STP non-open mic gigs. I do not maintain that site.
Last List Update: 10/14/17

The Monday Night Comedy Show (Weekly)
Showtime: 8pm
Venue: Club Underground at the Spring Street Tavern - NE Minneapolis
Booker: Andy Brynildson
Notes: Booked showcase. Must attend one show prior to booking. Everyone gets on at least once. Message Andy on FB for a spot or talk to him after the show, do not contact club. No cover charge. There is a wild card slot for 5 minutes in the 2nd act. If chosen, you get your $4 back plus a drink ticket. SUMMER DATES: July 10, 24, August 7, 21. Then back to weekly on September 11.
Acme Comedy Company (Weekly)
​Showtime: 8pm
Venue: Acme Comedy Club - Downtown Minneapolis
Notes: 6-7pm sign-up. Put a star by your name if it is your first time up. List comes out at 7:30pm.
Camp Bar Open Mic Night (Weekly except for 1st Monday of the month)
Showtime: 9:30pm
Venue: Camp Bar - St. Paul
Booker: Robert Cudinski
Notes: Sign-up at 9:00pm, stage opens immediately after sign-up. Each performer gets 7 minutes. Performances can be recorded and will be put up on the AQObserver YouTube channel. MC is Robert Cudinski, former host of the Artist's Quarter open mic. "Poets, Musicians, Comics, Magicians, Fools and Sages welcome."

Another Tuesday Open Mic (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month)
Showtime: 7-8
Venue: Minneapolis Eagles #34
Booker: Gretchen Colleen
Notes: Room is located in the back in the Buechner Room. Sign-up in person at 6:45. 4-5 minutes depending on how many comics show up. Working to build a monthly showcase.
Triple Threat Tuesdays (Weekly)
Showtime: 7:30pm
Venue: Rick Bronson's House of Comedy at the Mall Of America - Bloomington
Booker: Mike Brody
Notes: Pre-booked showcase, typically with a 2-6 week waiting list depending on how many people have signed up ahead of time. Comics get five minutes of time. Email Mike Brody at for spot. Tickets are $4, along with $4 appetizers and select $4 drinks. Also, each week there are three "Wildcard spots" available for people who didn't sign up ahead of time. If you get to the HoC before 7:15 I will put your name on a list and draw three names. Those three people will get the 1st. 2nd and 3rd spot, respectively, after the MC.
Acadia "Fair Fight Open Mic" (Weekly)
Showtime: 9pm
Venue: Acadia Pub
Booker: Zach Kagan, Tommy Bayer and Connor Hangsleben
Notes: Sign-up at 8:30 in person.
VFW Comedy Night (3rd Tuesday of every month)
Showtime: 8:30
Venue: Minneapolis Uptown VFW
Booker: Hessley Rey
​Notes: Pre-booked. Sign up with Hessley on Facebook.

Joke Joint Open Mic (Weekly)
Showtime: 7:30
Booker: Julie Bane & Chad Juettner
Venue: Joke Joint Comedy Club - St. Paul (Lilydale)
Notes: Open Mic starts at 7:30 pm. Sign-up sheet is in the lobby starting at 5:30. Free Workshop from 5:30pm to 7:00pm for new to established comics to perform in front of peers and club owner and to get feedback in a supportive environment. Show up in person to sign up for the workshop and talk to Julie Bane or Chad Juettner. Not everyone is guaranteed to get on the workshop. The workshop has it's own Facebook page.
Sad Comedy Jam (Weekly)
Showtime: 10pm
Venue: Grumpy's Bar and Grill - Downtown Minneapolis
Booker: Chris Maddock
Notes: Sign-up starts at 8pm. Ask for Chris Maddock.

Flat Earth Brewery Open Mic (2nd & 4th Thursday of the month)
Showtime: 7pm
Venue: Flat Earth Brewery
Booker: Brian McDaniel
Notes: Sign up from 6 to 6:30. List posted at 6:45. A drink ticket will be issued to each performer. There will also be a headliner each week who will get extra time.
Baddies (Weekly) (CLOSED FOR AUGUST)
Showtime: 7:30pm
Venue: Baddies Comedy Club
Booker: Brandon Riddley, Pierre Douglas and Bruce Williams
Notes: No cover charge. Show up and go up. Invite a friend or Two help build the audience. 5 minute sets unless told otherwise. If you would like your set recorded send a email to saying so and we will give you information on that.
Lack Of Beards (Weekly) 
Showtime: 7:30
Venue: Terminal Bar
Booker: Earl Elliot
Notes: Sign up at 7pm.
Sisyphus Brewing Open Mic (Weekly)
Showtime: 8-9pm
Venue: Sisyphus Brewing
Booker: Corey Adam
Notes: Open mic sign up from 6:30-7:30pm with the list posted at 7:45.
Galactic Pizza Open Mic (Weekly)
Showtime: 10pm
Venue: Galactic Pizza - Uptown Minneapolis
Booker: Mike Linden
Notes: Sign-up at 9:30pm. Message Mike Linden before on FB or show up.

Friday Open Mic Night (Weekly)
Showtime: 10:15pm
Venue: The Comedy Corner Underground (Basement of The Corner Bar) - Minneapolis
Booker: Bob Edwards
Notes: Online sign-up (click here) starting noon on Fridays

BALLS Cabaret (Weekly)
Showtime: Midnight-1:30am
Venue: The Southern Theater
Booker: Leslie Ball
Notes: Variety performance show which includes comedy. This is a sober event for the performers and the audience. Preference is that you've seen one show before you perform, but exceptions may be made. Call week ahead at (612) 340-0155 or arrive between 11:30-11:45 day of and fill out card if it's your first time. Performers get 7 minutes stage time. Theater performance venue, so no light and mic is not always available and comics may have to project voice.

Finnish Your Thought Open Mic (Weekly)
Showtime – 7pm
Venue – The Finnish Bistro
Booker – Zach Kagan
Notes – No cover. Sign-up is from 6-6:45pm in person. Showcase is pre-booked. 3 pre-booked paid slots weekly. All other performers will be sign ups. Get there early to take advantage of happy hour specials from 5-7pm.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Eating on the Road Options

Low Sodium V8  (Even better mixed with a beer at the end of the day)
-get your daily veggies

Low sodium bacon-cooked in microwave or before leaving on trip

Hard boiled eggs

Brown or white rice-cooked ahead of time or in microwave

Veggies and dip-  I prefer cauliflower, carrots, celery dipped in ranch or with slices of American cheese

Smokehouse almonds

String cheese for snacking or adding to raw vegetables

Tuna salad and crackers



Cans of pork and beans

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brainerd, Minnesota Fishing Report: October 20, 2017


A jig and minow is turning walleyes in 15 to 45 feet on Gull Lake. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 30 feet on Gull, Cullen Lake, and North Long Lake, while sunfish are biting in 10 to 12 feet at Nisswa Lake, Cullen, and North Long. Look for bass and northern pike on the weedlines of Gull, Lake Edwards, and Whitefish Lake.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010