About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly.

Yep. That's right. Each year we select our lineup by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell and provides the support to make producing a show as easy as possible.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in the 2017 festival, applications will go live in November here on our website.

Minnesota Fringe is one of many fringe festivals across the nation and around the world. Check the rest of 'em out here.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences.



Shows start and end on time at the Fringe. With 880 performances of 169 shows in just 11 days, we're on a tight schedule. Shows are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show. On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On the weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. Here's why. Beyond keeping the festival running on schedule, our primary reason for no late seating is safety.

Safety for people on stage: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for our patrons: Entering a darkened theater (and possibly the first time a patron has been in a particular space) and trying to find open seats is not only dangerous for the late patron but also for our volunteers and any seated patrons as well.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer (or two) and talk. Talk about what you loved. Talk about what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the shows and find out what you should see tomorrow. You never know what will happen at the Fringe, but dropping by Central gives you a serious head start.


What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Pro tip: Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.


Choosing a Show

With 169 shows to choose from, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose your perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when you're trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Pro tip: Lanyards indicate Fringe artists - they'll be glad to tell you about their show.

Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about on our audience review page, then return the favor and let others know what you thought.

Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Volunteer: Our 400+ volunteers are near and dear to our hearts and make our festival go, so we shower them with lots of love and complimentary seats! Sign up for a shift now!

Be social: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Create your own show: Applications for the 2017 festival will go live mid-November on this website. The Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Box Office Info

Reservations are optional and may be bought in advance through the Fringe website. Advance sales stop at 1 pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends. A reservation guarantees you a seat for the show. You must also be wearing a day pass wristband to get in. Day pass wristbands can be purchased at any Fringe venue 30 minutes prior to show time, as well as online with a reservation.

Purchases made in advance allow you to bypass the venue box office completely. Check in with a Fringe volunteer at the house door to pick up your reservation starting 30 minutes before show time. Once reservations are purchased, they are guaranteed and will NOT be resold.

Payment methods: Fringe accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made out to "Minnesota Fringe Festival."

Kids at Fringe: There is a recommended minimum age for each (see individual show pages on our website). It is up to the parent/guardian to make the final decision; Fringe makes no guarantees about content.

Day pass wristbands: ALL patrons must have a wristband to see a show. Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

Late seating: Nope.

Refunds: Nuh uh.




The Pioneer: AKA The Funnyman

By Bearwolf Productions
Created by Clint Allen
Playing at Intermedia Arts


Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer


Just so you know, this show contains Adult language.

Daniel Boone's cousin, AKA The Funnyman, tells his tales of growing up in, and out of small town Indiana; where a bell pepper is called a mango, a stocking cap a toboggan, and everyone is related.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Sun, 8/7 @ 2:30pm


Mon, 8/8 @ 5:30pm


Wed, 8/10 @ 10:00pm


Fri, 8/12 @ 8:30pm


Sat, 8/13 @ 2:30pm

Ticket Options

Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for any performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Wristbands can be purchased in advance with reservations or at any venue box office during the festival.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

You don't have to buy a 2016 Fringe button, but you might just want to. It identifies you as a part of our incredible Fringe community and gets you great deals at these local bars and restaurants. Get yours at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

Read the reviews

Pathos and puppets

by Walter Sobchak on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loads of fun. Great writing. Committed delivery. Clint delivers laughs and tears... and a puppet you won't soon forget.

Blazing the MidWest Trail

by Christopher DeVaan on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 11 shows

I have had the privilege of working with Clint before, and have had to sit, mesmerized, while his character recounts a horrible dream to my character & the audience. It was then, and lots of post-rehearsal & post-show hangouts, that I knew Clint was a great storyteller.
He reminds me of Craig Ferguson, who is always high-energy, and always seems like he is going off-topic, when I am sure he has rehearsed this many times.
Clint's downhome style may not resonate with everyone, but with family from South Dakota, it SURE resonated with me. I can't wait to see more of Clint's work & shows like this one!!

Funny, Naughty, Spirited

by Ron Starks on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

I have a side ache from laughing so hard. The writing & the acting was superb in 'The Pioneer: AKA The Funnyman'. Clint Allen' performance was simple refreshing!

Mr. Allen was a blend of:
Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over Cuckoos Nest) - a little out there;
Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump) - pure innocence & vulnerability;
Woody Harrelson (U.S. vs Larry Flynt)- little naughtiness & conflict
Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke) - rugged coolness & sexiness
Clint Allen's performance is a must see. He brings to the stage charisma, charm, cuddliness, and a grab-your-crotch, buckle-up-your-seatbelt, we are going-for-a-thrill-ride experience! It's a Heart stomping, fist pumping, laughter filled 50 minutes!

Well worth a Fringe slot

by Florence Brammer on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 42 shows

As a Hoosier growing up in rural Indiana in the 50s-60s, much of this material really resonated with me. The script was almost exclusively autobiographical, but we were not made to feel like voyeurs. A nice balancing of intimacy without a confessional feel. Nice cozy set and a great stage charisma.

Engaging storyteller

by Mary Wilson on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I really enjoyed this show. The stories brought a fascinating bunch of characters to life, and led us from laughter to heartbreak and back again. Well done!

Don't avoid this

by Carmen Barker Lemay on August 12, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Generally I avoid one man/ woman shows, and poetry readings, if I'm being totally transparent. The Pioneer was fabulous. Clint Allen is a funny man and he can be the straight guy. The stories of his life were delivered well and with vintage photos that provided visual appeal.

Wonderful One Man Show!

by Shawna Bradt on August 11, 2016
This user has reviewed 10 shows

One man shows can feel so "me me me" but this does not! It was a treat to listen to every story Clint told and it was a GREAT mix of stories (sad, funny, shameful, vulnerable, loving stories). Wonderful little set that adds and doesn't take away. This show brings a blend of small messages to a big message at the end. Kudos to Clint!


by Ben benjaminharveydesign@gmail.com on August 11, 2016
This user has reviewed 32 shows

This is the second show I think I must not be a fan of partially to to a lack of nostalgia for the era, being born in the 90s. Great stories, some definitely funny moments, and plenty of raw authentic material. One spot he legitimately got out a podium to do a bit of irreverent preaching about how relationships are just HARD, and I enjoyed that and the fact that the rest of the show was decidedly non-preachy. If you can relate to growing up in rural white Christian small-town Indiana you'll love this show more than me, but for me it never transcended the typical "here's what happened in my life" vibe you get from a one man autobiographical show that didn't really reach you.

Stunning Performance!

by Charlie wagner on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

Clint Allen,
I loved his authenticity, realness and clarity! Clints' autobiographical perspective was refreshing honest and heartfelt. I laughed so hard and in a moment he brought me to tears. I wish we could see this level of entertainment on a regular basis, it would help us as a society to grow up and say whats true for us...
Charlie Wagner

The Pioneer aka The Funnyman

by Deanna Phillips on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show



by Laura and Woody HARRELSON on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

Clint is a master storyteller. The Pioneer is hilariously entertaining, poignant, inspiring and moving on many levels. I didn't want it to end. Our group went to dinner afterwards and talked for hours about how each of us related to Clint's stories. That's what real art can do.


by Woody Harrelson on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

I have known Clint since we were freshmen in college and have seen many great performances, but have never been more proud of him than I am now. His autobiographical one man show is a triumph... incredibly funny and deeply moving. I have never seen him better than he was last night.

1 person found this review helpful

Fringe time well spent

by Tim Nyberg on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

Well-written and brilliantly delivered. Nostalgic, funny, touching, and poignant. Fringe time well spent - you will not be disappointed. Thumbs up from both of us! Go see it! (Oh, and the Fringe warning about "adult language" - totally tame - don't worry about it.) - Tim and Julie / Mac-Groveland

Must see! Thank you Clint.

by David Wagner on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

Clint was so great at weaving a life in a small town into a life story about love, loss, transformation, and a life I could so relate to growing up in the midwest. I laughed a lot, I cried and I was inspired! Must see!

Well chosen!

by kelly evans on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

Amazing heartfelt performance that had me laughing and crying seamlessly!

Great storytelling

by Chuck Yancey on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

Lots of familiar scenes from my growing up in the same era made this a heartwarming and funny show. A really good mental picture of growing up in the 70s.

I Loved it!

by Pete Farm on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

I loved it. It was much better than CATS. I will see it again and again.

1 person found this review helpful


by Melody Hanna on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Clint Allen weaves a tale filled with humor and heartbreak that will tug at your heartstrings. Fun and engaging!

1 person found this review helpful


by Linda Johnson on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Fast patter and amusing reminiscing about Midwestern small town.

1 person found this review helpful

Cast and crew

Clint Allen

The Pioneer

Ever since Clint saw, Singin’ in the Rain, he has been smitten… with acting. Success went swimmingly at first; he was cast in almost every play at Hanover College (including the acclaimed James Leonard Jr. play, The Diviners , in which Clint originated the role of Dewey). At Hanover his passion was nurtured and ignited by the passionate Dr. Tom Evans, but he dropped out his senior year to be an apprentice at the renowned Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and the following year received a scholarship to attend The Juilliard School of Drama, group 16. The summer after his second year at Juilliard, he signed with a manager, an agent, and was cast in a Broadway Show, Big River, playing the role of Tom Sawyer… all in a 2 week time period! Things were looking good! So what did he do? He stupidly moved to LA! What was he thinking?! He worked some…had a few roles in films: Kansas, Dumb and Dumber, & Kingpin. He did some TV: Night Court, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills 90210 (pilot). But struggling to make ends meet (bar tending, driving limousines) Clint took the opportunity a producer friend offered him; to start working behind the camera in film production. After 5 years of too much traffic, too much pollution, and not wanting to raise his first son in that god-forsaken place, Clint loaded up the truck and moved to… Minnesota (ex-wife’s home). At first he did some theatre in the Twin Cities; the Refreshment Committee, Illusion & Playwright’s Center (readings), but had to make a living, so he started working in film production again, and has ever since. Until this past year, when his old lover – theatre – showed up on his doorstep again, and after a 16 year absence from the stage, he played Clarence in Richard III, at Theater in the Round, where he is also cast to play Dr. Jekyll in Jeffrey Hatcher’s version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, this coming September. The Pioneer though, has been Clint’s pet project and passion for nearly 20 years, having first performed a 15 minute version at Patrick’s Cabaret in 1998, and again in 2008 for his senior thesis when he finally finished his Bachelor’s degree! He is both simultaneously excited, and scared shitless to be performing in the Fringe – breathe for him as he steps on the stage!
Currently, Clint lives in Hopkins, and is a Sr. Producer of Content at General Mills, and proud father of two amazingly fantastic sons, Shepard and Whistler.

Becky Sievert

Stage Manager/Crew

Becky is a free spirit who resides in Saint Paul and teaches kids art. She likes singing while strumming her ukulele and sometimes even performs a ditty or two for a lucky audience - when she's feeling brave. This is her first time participating in the Fringe Festival, and despite Becky's amazing hair, Beyonce has yet to sing about her.

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