Stage: Jimmy Pardo

Updated 7/30/2014

"Never Not Funny" host visits Acme. Plus: Dumpster Duels 7.

Jimmy Pardo
Mandee Johnson

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Jimmy Pardo

Jimmy Pardo is never not funny. That’s not hyperbole — it’s the title of his pioneering comedy podcast, “Never Not Funny,” which signed on with the Earwolf network (“Comedy Bang Bang,” “Professor Blastoff”) this year. With more than two decades on the stand-up circuit, Pardo has enjoyed his fair share of boom and bust. Despite relative obscurity, he’s the consummate comedian’s comedian. The 48-year-old “Conan” mainstay is a powerhouse performer with a rapid-fire delivery and the demeanor of a game show host (that’s no slight, by the way). He’s perfected the art of riffing through a headlining set without losing momentum. That’s no easy feat. Matt Fugate and Earl Elliot open. (8 & 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 18 & older. $18. Acme Comedy Co., 708 N. 1st St., Mpls. 612-338-6393 or www.acmecomedycompany.com.) Raghav Mehta

 

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Dumpster Duels 7

Puppet shows go the way of “Junkyard Wars” with Dumpster Duels, an overnight contest that challenges two theater groups to create a show out of a pile of scavenged junk. The group behind it: Barebones Productions, best-known for its long-running Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza. The public is invited to watch any part of the 30-hour process, from Saturday’s introduction — in which a referee announces requirements about characters or themes, and the teams are assigned their trash piles with a coin flip — to Sunday’s performance, which will be followed by an after-party with DJ Acemalaysian. (Kickoff at noon Sat., show at 5 p.m. Sun. $5-$20 donation. Tiny Town Studios, 2407 NE. Washington St., Mpls. www.barebonespuppets.org.) Jahna Peloquin