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Neal Justin

Columnist/Reporter | Media
Phone: 612-673-7431
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Neal Justin covers the entertainment world, primarily TV and radio. He also reviews stand-up comedy. Justin is the founder of JCamp, a non-profit program for high-school journalists, and works on many fronts to further diversity in newsrooms. 


Justin is currently president of UNITY, co-chair of the Star Tribune News Guild and teaches at Minnesota State University. He is a former governing board member of the Asian American Journalists Association and Minnesota chapter president for AAJA.
Recent content from Neal Justin
Kate McKinnon and David Chang try street food in Phnom Penh in “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 23 – 'The Oval,' 'Sistas,' 'Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner,' 'Life From Above'

Happy meals David Chang isn’t as extroverted as the late Anthony Bourdain, which is why it was smart that the chef brought along outgoing celebrities…
In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, Bob Dylan accepts the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award.

Best of the Week Oct. 20-27: Bob Dylan, Sesame Street Live, Twenty One Pilots, an Irish 'Swan Lake' and more

Hwy. 169 revisited Bob Dylan returns to his home state after a two-year absence — and makes his first appearance in Mankato since 1996. Set…
Aparna Nancherla takes the Parkway Theatre stage Friday.

The 10,000 Laughs Festival promises to live up to its title

Expect three days of hilarity at five Minneapolis venues for comedy fest.
The Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapsed in 2018.

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 16 – 'Why Bridges Collapse,' 'Limetown,' 'The Birch,' 'Little Monsters'

End of the road “Why Bridges Collapse” focuses largely on the 2018 disaster in Genoa, Italy, that claimed 63 lives. But roughly three minutes…
John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in the iconic scene from 1989’s “Say Anything.”

John Cusack encourages Minnesotans to 'ask anything' about his most beloved film

The veteran actor is ready to take Minnesotans behind-the-scenes of a cinematic gem.
Jessica Cordova Kramer of Lemonada.

Minneapolis producer turns personal tragedy into a podcast empire

A Minneapolis producer is turning a family tragedy into a podcast empire.
Longtime NBC personality Bob Costas has also worked with the MLB Network since its inception.

MLB Network's Costas ready to 'lay out some broad strokes' for Twins-Yankees

Longtime NBC personality Bob Costas will be behind the microphone for the Twins' playoff opener in New York.
Larry “Moon” Thompson of KS95’s “Moon & Staci” show yukked it up at the radio station.

KS95's Larry 'Moon' Thompson prepares for his final radio broadcast

Prankster Larry Thompson is signing off from radio's "Moon & Staci" show. And this time it's no joke.
Chrissie Olson took a photo of her 5-month-old daughter Marion as T.C. Bear jokingly took a bite of the youngster during a free "Postseason Push" part

Twins playoff game on MLB Network might be hard to find

The local Comcast operator will not offer the game for free, so buying the Sports package is a viewing option.
Undone

Don't tell the kids: 10 great grown-up cartoons to watch right now

These cartoons aren't on Saturday mornings.
Not just the usual suspects: There’s more out there than just “The Simpsons.”

In golden age of animation, TV's hottest cartoons are for grown-ups

It's the golden age of TV animation with a grown-up lineup of shows. Just don't tell your kids.
Gia Vang of KARE 11, the first Hmong-American anchor in the Twin Cities, poses for a photo on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. ] LEILA NAVIDI •

Gia Vang, Twin Cities' first Hmong-American news anchor, adjusts to life in Minn.

'Sunrise' anchor Gia Vang discusses adapting to Minnesota's progressive and passive-aggressive culture.
Cobie Smulders in “Stumptown.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Sept. 25 – 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' 'Stumptown,' 'Liza on Demand'

Watching the detective Cobie Smulders proved she can deliver one-liners on “How I Met Your Mother” and body blows in Marvel movies. “Stumptown” shows…
Michael Starrbury at home in Brooklyn Park.

He writes Hollywood hits from his Brooklyn Park home

Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury is determined to make it big in Hollywood while sticking around in Minnesota.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge reacts in the audience before appearing on stage to accept the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "Fleabag

'Fleabag' creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge dominates the Emmy Awards

'Fleabag' dominated the comedy categories, while 'Game of Thrones' goes out a winner.
Will “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, shown in 2017, win her ninth Emmy as a performer?

Who will win? Your cheat sheet for the Emmys

Women are in the forefront of the most intriguing races.
“The Chef Show”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Sept. 19 – 'Return to Downton Abbey: The Grand Event,' 'The Good Place,' 'The Chef Show'

Prepping for the ball If you’re not busy laying out your fancy duds for Friday’s theatrical release of the “Downton Abbey” movie, you may want…
Joan Collins in “American Horror Story.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Sept. 18 – 'West Side Story,' 'Unbelievable,' 'American Horror Story'

Reason to believe Toni Collette and Merritt Wever don’t appear until the second episode of “Unbelievable.” It’s worth the wait. The two Emmy winners…
Comedian Emily Galati performed at Sisyphus Brewery in Minneapolis.

Why comedian Emily Galati left New York to make Minneapolis her home

She performed on "Conan" and wrote for "Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj." But she's "just not a big city person."
Dolly Parton’s story best represents director Ken Burns’ not-so-secret agenda in his documentary "Country Music": to honor those marginalized in s

Women, minorities take center stage in Ken Burns' 16-hour 'Country Music'

Women and minorities take center stage in Ken Burns' epic documentary "Country Music."
Kulap Vilaysack hugged her uncle, Bounlorm Soumetho, during the Minneapolis reception last fall for Vilaysack’s film, “Origin Story,” which deal

Minnesota comedian Kulap Vilaysack shares a dark family secret in an emotional documentary

Comedian Kulap Vilaysack makes a film about a secret that nearly tore her Minnesota family apart.
Grant Wilson leads an all new team on A&E’s “Ghost Hunters.”

TV picks for Aug. 21: 'This Way Up,' 'Ghost Hunters,' 'Psychic Kids'

Up, up and away Aisling Bea is the writer and star of “This Way Up,” a brilliant new comedy about an English teacher who…
Alice Wetterlund in her new TV special “My Mama Is a Human and So Am I,” which begins streaming Friday on Amazon Prime.

Calmed down and sobered up, Minneapolis-bred comedian gets her first Amazon special

Twin Cities-bred comic Alice Wetterlund has calmed down and sobered up. But she can still kick your butt.
Louie Anderson

Louie Anderson will say goodbye to 'Baskets' in Minnesota: 'I'm far from being done'

The Emmy-winning Minnesota native is "full of gratitude" as his show ends.
Akili McDowell and Phylicia Rashad in “David Makes Man.”

TV picks for Aug. 14: 'Danny's House,' 'Alternate Endings,' 'David Makes Man'

The farewell The title of “Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America” says it all. The documentary shares stories from a half-dozen different…
George Takei

With new AMC series, 'Star Trek' veteran George Takei confronts real-life horror

The "Star Trek" legend and AMC team up to shine a light on one of the most tragic chapters in American history.
Michelle Lanier shared stories of her grandmother’s legacy and her family’s life in North Carolina for “Family Pictures.”

TV picks for Aug. 12: 'Family Pictures,' 'The Terror: Infamy,' 'Straight Up Steve Austin'

Snap judgments Photographer Thomas Allen Harris asks folks to share their “Family Pictures,” revealing an intimate history of America in this three-part series that…
Jennie Garth in the “BH90210” reunion series.

TV picks for Aug. 7: '90210' gang reunites plus 'Bulletproof' and Morris Day on 'Sherman's Showcase'

Much of the original cast of "Beverly Hills, 90210" is back playing versions of themselves.
Lil Nas X performed during the CMA Music Festival.

TV picks for Aug. 3-4: 'My Little Pony,' 'CMA Fest,' 'Flip It Like Disick'

Horsin’ around It’s a crime that Weird Al Yankovic hasn’t been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But at least the satirist…
Brandon Mychal Smith, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rebecca Rittenhouse and John Reynolds in “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

TV picks for July 31: 'Four Weddings and a Funeral,' 'Jihadi John, 'Sherman's Showcase'

Mindy Kaling's series is loosely based on the 1994 film.
Four billion years ago, Mars had a global magnetic field. Aurorae danced above its poles.

TV picks for July 24: 'Sex. Scandals. Crime,' 'The Planets,' 'South Side'

Martian chronicles If looking back on our travels to the moon left you less than inspired, you may want to set course for an even…
Nancy O'Dell

Nancy O'Dell looks back at weathering the infamous Trump tape: 'It was bizarre'

Nancy O'Dell revisits Hollywood scandals in Reelz special.
Sandra Oh in “Killing Eve”

Sandra Oh poised to make Emmy history

"Killing Eve" star would be the first Asian actor to win for a leading role.
Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson on “Pearson.”

TV picks for July 17: 'Conan,' 'Pearson,' 'Frankenstein's Monster'

"Suits" spinoff stars Gina Torres.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin posed beside the U.S. flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. The lunar landing, which once topped polls

50 years after the moon landing, reactions range from 'wow' to 'whatever'

On July 20, 1969, roughly 600 million viewers worldwide sat riveted to their TV sets. But for many folks under 50, Neil Armstrong might just as well have taken his stroll during the Ice Age.
Molly Mabray is learning “traditional practices, like snowshoeing or hunting for agate stones, but she’s also just an everyday kid that’s super-

'Molly of Denali' breaks new ground with first Native American hero on children's TV

Children's TV ventures into new territory with the first animated show for kids with a Native American hero.
“The Jetsons” made their TV debut just months after John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

From Tang to 'Toy Story': 10 ways the moon race shaped pop culture

Entertainment, fashion and more drew inspiration from space travel.
Comedian Kate McCarthy

Minnesota grad is building a big career in comedy, one character at a time

Kate McCarthy is making an impact in comedy, one nutty character at a time.
The "Five Presidents": Gerald Ford (James Ramlet), Jimmy Carter (Martin L’Herault), Ronald Reagan (Steve Sheridan), George H.W. Bush (Casey E. Lewis

You won't want to run for office after seeing Old Log Theatre's 'Five Presidents'

REVIEW: "Five Presidents" suggests that life after the White House is no rose garden.
“SpongeBob SquarePants” celebrates its 20th birthday

At age 20, 'SpongeBob SquarePants' is still soaking up the love

The show, still a pop-culture phenomenon, celebrates with a one-hour special Friday and a party Saturday at the Mall of America.
Laura Chinn, right, created and stars in “Florida Girls” with Melanie Field.

TV picks for July 10: 'ESPY Awards,' 'Battle of the '80s Supercars,' 'Florida Girls'

All-star roster Tracy Morgan will never pass for a professional athlete, but it should be great fun watching him host the “2019 ESPY Awards,”…
David Harbour posed with the Science Museum of Minnesota shirt that became a hot item after being seen in his series.

'Stranger Things' star is obsessed by a Minnesota State Fair seed-art portrait that got away

David Harbour is heftier and funnier than ever as "Stranger Things" returns this week.
Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars.

TV picks for July 3: 'Veronica Mars,' 'Rivers of Life,' 'Designated Survivor: 60 Days'

A new season of "Veronica Mars' drops July 26.
Seth Meyers

Stars came out for Minneapolis Comedy Fest, but it needs more than big names

REVIEW: Big names alone aren't enough to throw a memorable party.
In this May 13, 2018 file photo, actress Jane Fonda poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Sink or Swim' at the 71st intern

Jane Fonda looks back at the films she loved – and hated

The legendary actor will look back on her film career in a special event at the Ordway.
Bob Newhart in 1960, performing at Freddie's Cafe in Minneapolis. He’ll bring the laughs to the Orpheum on Friday as part of the Minneapolis Comedy

Comedy legend Bob Newhart recalls how Twin Cities radio helped make him a star

The venerable comic recalls how WCCO helped launch his career.
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Season: 5 -- Pictured: Seth Meyers -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC) ORG XMIT: Season:5

TV picks for June 26: Seth Meyers, 'My Cousin Vinny,' 'True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality'

A little respect Anyone who still thinks Marisa Tomei didn’t deserve her Oscar for 1992’s “My Cousin Vinny” should go back and give the…
David Portnoy is founder of the satirical sports and pop culture blog Barstool Sports.

TV picks for June 25: 'Big Brother,' 'Tianamen,' 'Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel'

Hello, roommates “Big Brother” returns with 16 new contestants, including a wine-safari guide, a college soccer star, a preschool aide and a Broadway dancer.…
John Leguizamo's "Latin History for Morons" on Netflix.

5 can't-miss shows in the Minneapolis Comedy Festival

The inaugural Minneapolis Comedy Festival may not be as star-studded as other cities’ showcases, but it has a decent mix of up-and-coming acts, unsinkable veterans…
Bob Newhart will make a rare stage appearance at the Minneapolis Comedy Festival.

With big-name talent, new Minneapolis Comedy Festival aims to make a summer splash

Big-name stars include Seth Meyers, George Lopez, John Leguizamo, D.L. Hughley, Fortune Feimster and Cedric the Entertainer.
Nathan Lane, left, and playwright Terrence McNally often worked together. PBS’ “American Masters” will present “Terrence McNally: Every Act of

Playwright Terrence McNally looks back at legendary career in new PBS documentary

New PBS documentary offers a master class on an influential figure in American theater.
Ready for prime time: Jamie Yuccas is prepared for whatever CBS throws her way. Her ties to the Midwest make her a natural for the area’s big storie

Former WCCO anchor Jamie Yuccas finds calm in a chaotic career

As a CBS News correspondent based in California, she's fattening a résumé that could very well lead to a network anchor position or a spot with "60 Minutes."
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, with their newborn son.

Neal Justin's TV picks for June 12: 'First Responders Live,' Jo Koy, Meghan Markle

True Royalty TV goes deep on coverage of royal baby.
Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern in the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”.

In Season 2, HBO's 'Big Little Lies' makes even bigger statement against sexual abuse

TV is saying "Time's Up" to sexual abusers on screen and behind the camera.
“Black Mirror” returns for a fifth season.

TV picks for June 5: 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Black Mirror,' 'The King Who Fooled Hitler'

Miley Cyrus shows up on "Black Mirror."
Dr. Ruth Westheimer in “Ask Dr. Ruth.”

Hulu documentary introduces celebrity sex therapist Dr. Ruth to 'whole new generation'

The legendary therapist has more than sex on her mind in a revealing new documentary.
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman, all-star cast bring 'Good Omens' to Amazon Prime

When the celebrated author dove into the most ambitious TV project of his career, he turned to a Minnesotan.
Ian McShane in "Deadwood: The Movie."

'Deadwood' returns with the same appealing characters – and the same problems

Familiar characters have some unfinished business in the ultimate anti-Western.
Harriet Dyer as Cassie Bedford in “The InBetween.”

TV picks for May 29: 'MasterChef,' 'Archer,' 'The InBetween'

"The InBetween" revisits "Medium" concept.
“Not Normal” is Wanda Sykes’ latest stand-up special.

TV picks for May 22: 'All in the Family,' 'The Butcher,' Wanda Sykes

Those were the days “Live in Front of an Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ ” offers contemporary stars like Woody Harrelson…
Pete Lee honed his comedic chops at Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis, where he returned to perform this winter.

Minnesota comics chase stardom in L.A.: 'I knew it was going to be an ego check'

Every year, standups who conquered Minnesota move West to face the ultimate challenge: To live or die in L.A.
Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir on “­Community.”

What to watch when 'Big Bang Theory' ends? 10 more shows that celebrate nerd life

"The Big Bang Theory" wasn't the first series where nerds ruled.
George Clooney, Christopher Abbott and Pico Alexander in the Hulu miniseries “Catch-22,” which begins streaming Friday.

George Clooney throws movie-star muscle into 'Catch-22' adaptation: 'You've got to take a swing'

He directed several episodes of the Hulu miniseries and plays a short-tempered, parade-obsessed officer.
Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki star in “The Big Bang Theory.”

Why was 'Big Bang Theory' such a hit? Cast members reflect on its legendary run

As the final episode airs, cast members float theories on what made their sitcom an audience favorite.
Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme in “Tacoma FD.”

Stars of hit TruTV comedy 'Tacoma FD' head to Minneapolis on a hot streak

Sitcom creators pull back curtain in Minneapolis.
Louis C.K. opened his four-night run at Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis.

Louis C.K. addresses controversy, 'bad year' at Acme comedy club

The comedian went for button-pushing humor in an opening night set at Acme Comedy Co.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier will moderate a town hall with presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar.

Fox News anchor wants to give Klobuchar 'fair shake' at town hall tonight

Bret Baier defends his network's news department while he preps for Klobuchar town hall.
Paul Newman and Robert Vaughn in “The Young Philadelphians.”

TV picks for May 8: 'Tuca & Bertie,' 'Flinch,' 'The Young Philadelphians'

TCM's month-long tribune to Paul Newman includes some neglected gems.
Louis C.K. admitted in late 2017 that he had previously engaged in sexual misconduct, specifically exposing himself to women who either worked for him

Comedy scene 'divided in half' on Louis C.K.'s Minneapolis shows

This week's Acme Comedy Co. booking reignited a debate about the disgraced comedian.
Lorena Martinez and Karla Ramirez in “Texicanas.”

TV picks for May 7: 'Dead to Me,' 'Foster,' 'Texicanas'

Two broken girls Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are very much alive and kicking in “Dead to Me,” a deliciously dark new comedy about…
Emily Watson in “Chernobyl,” a five-part miniseries about the 1986 nuclear accident.

TV picks for May 6: 'The Bachelorette Reunion,' 'Chernobyl,' 'State of the Union'

Hen party The title “The Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!” may just be poking fun at the franchise’s flair…
Jane Lynch

'Glee' star Jane Lynch brings 'throwback' cabaret show to St. Paul

The versatile Jane Lynch takes time out of her in-demand schedule to sing in St. Paul.
Retiring Fox 9 anchor Jeff Passolt reflected on his 23 year run at the station in the newsroom at the station.

After 23 years, Fox 9's Jeff Passolt exits anchor desk: 'It's someone else's turn'

Longtime Fox 9 anchor Jeff Passolt gets ready to sign off — but not without a few final digs.
Thái Thi Kim Phuong on “Street Food.”

TV picks for May 1: Anthony Jeselnik, '2019 Billboard Music Awards,' 'Street Food'

Minneapolis native Genevieve Gorder hosts new competition series, "Best Room Wins."
Former NASA engineer Chad Zdenek at a power plant on “Inside Mighty Machines.”

TV picks for April 27-28: '2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies,' 'Inside Mighty Machines,' Kamau Bell

Watch former NASA engineer Chad Zdenek dismantle jumbo jets, oil rigs and hovercrafts.