Live From Minneapolis, It’s MN Tonight!

Artwork by Taylor Daniels

Artwork by Taylor Daniels

The Sketch Comedy Show Minnesota Never Knew it Needed

 

When I heard that MN Tonight was a sketch comedy show similar to that of SNL’s Weekend Update, my first response was that of any non-Minnesota native, “Is there really enough content to report on?”

After all, this is the land of 10,000 lakes, Target, Mall of America… 10,000 lakes… Target… Mall of America… there’s (probably) a longer list, I just forget the rest.

This up-and-coming sketch show weaves comedy and surprisingly very real and very serious current events into every episode. It tackles the task of entertaining viewers while informing them on issues in Minnesota such as opioid addiction, transgender rights, liquor laws, and even the discrepancy surrounding local employees being taken advantage of at Target Field. The show is filmed live at the Minneapolis Telecommunications Network in Northeast Minneapolis, and their second season, which is underway, can be streamed on their website mntonight.com.

What makes MN Tonight so great is that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is: “the only news comedy show that cares about Minnesota for a whole show.” It’s comprised of a small army of improvers and comedy writers, and although they might not be of much use in battle, this tag-team of comedians has the potential to become a force to be reckoned with. The bi-weekly show is witty, charmingly awkward, and careful of taking itself too seriously. Episode by episode, MN Tonight is proving to be the sketch comedy show Minnesota never knew it needed but is better off with than without.

It tackles the task of entertaining viewers while informing them on issues in Minnesota such as opioid addiction, transgender rights, liquor laws, and even the discrepancy surrounding local employees being taken advantage of at Target Field.

After all, thanks to MN Tonight, I now know that the question “Is funner a word?” is googled more in Minnesota than in any other state. (In all honesty, I can’t say I’m surprised).

MN Tonight successfully captures the inimitable state of shopping malls and parka-wearing people in under 30 minutes, a seemingly impossible feat, and for that it deserves some kind of medal. Any medal will do. How about “First Place for Sketch Comedy Show that Reveals the Funner Side of Minnesota.”

We can make that fit on a medal, right?