Small Town Murder Live in Minneapolis?


Posted on 21st July, by ParkandShop

Got your attention? Murder, as it turns out, draws a big crowd, as comedians found out when they veered from their “Crime in Sports” format on their podcast of the same name, to “Small Town Murder.” The latter put them in Spotify’s top comedy podcast section, and they’re taking the show on the road.

The Hennepin Theatre Trust website simply describes the show as: “…taking their hit podcast, Small Town Murder, on the road. Each week, they look at a small town, what makes it tick and a murder that took place there. In depth research, horrible tragedy and the hosts’ comedic spin on the whole thing.”

A review in acentricmagazine.com fills in some blanks for those wondering what to expect. Samantha Lichtenstein wrote in “Shut Up, and Give Me Murder! A Review of ‘Small Town Murder,’ Your Newest Podcast Obsession:”

“James and Jimmie do not hold back when discussing the crime. Background information is given on each person related to the story, as well as how they’ve come to reside and interact in the small town. Details from trials, lab reports, and crime scenes are often included, once again making it evident that Pietragallo spent countless hours doing his research. Episodes often vary in topic, some dealing with sexual assault and others with shootings attributed to Satan worshippers. There’s something for everybody! A personal favorite episode of mine has to be Episode 68 titled “Too Many Dead Husbands in Gun Barrel City, Texas.” If the name of the town doesn’t draw you in, the content will. James goes in depth on the life of an erratic woman named Betty Lou Beets, and how she got away with some serious crimes before her final demise (spoiler: lots of murders). Each episode ends with an explanation of where the trial ended and where the criminal is now, always with a bang of a gavel and an exclamation of, ‘You sir, may fuck off!’”

See the story of a lifetime live at the Pantages Theatre Saturday, August 17 at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 – $65 and nearby parking is available for just $6 at the Park and Shop ramps.