This is not a review of the performance of Triple Espresso in Burnsville, MN. I had plans to go, but the weather, and other obligations, are keeping me away. Still, I want to promote the show. I saw it when it was on tour here in the Brainerd lakes area a few years ago. I had a smile on my face the whole time, laughing, singing, and enjoying the “highly caffeinated comedy.” Here’s the press release. I hope you all get a chance to see it! They have toured all over the country and world. (I may not make it to a performance in Burnsville, but I do plan to check out Stromberg’s podcast!)

Burnsville, MN—Maya Angelou said, “Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory.”  If that’s true, then Bob Stromberg has had some gloriously creative streaks over the past year, including a wisp of fame on national television.

A nationally known speaker, comedian and author, Stromberg is one of the trio of creators of Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy.  The show is Minneapolis’ longest running theatre production, and was conceived as a way for Stromberg to work onstage with his friends and co-creators, Michael Pearce Donley and Bill Arnold.  Triple Espresso has played various venues for 23 years including a current run through February 15th in the Black Box Theatre at the Ames Center in Burnsville.  The show has been produced in over 50 cities, in 6 countries and in 3 languages.  “Hearing my jokes in Flemish had me doubled-over in laughter,” Stromberg says.

Stromberg, 65, is now focusing on creativity itself.  From his cozy, eclectic home office in Hugo, he produces a podcast entitled The Wide-Eyed Creative.  The podcast not only features portions of his stand-up comedy but also highlights the talents of others, including local comedian Daren Streblow and Mankato-based cookie baker, Rachel Britz. “Creativity is not a gift that only special people possess,” Stromberg encourages his listeners, “it is a craft.”  He teaches the craft in his online course, Mastering the Craft of Creativity.

After having a brush with fame in auditions for America’s Got Talent in 2013, Stromberg was featured last summer on prime-time TV in the show, Little Big Shots: Forever Young.  Host Steve Harvey called him the “Shadow Master,” and Stromberg taught Harvey part of the shadow puppet comedy taken directly from Triple Espresso.  When asked about his reality show experiences, Stromberg laughs and says, “AGT was a long fierce battle. Steve Harvey was a church picnic.”

Ames Center and VenuWorks present…
Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy
By Bill Arnold, Michael Pearce Donley & Bob Stromberg
Directed by William Partlan and produced by The Daniel Group
Featuring a rotating cast including:  Michael Pearce Donley, Bob Stromberg, Bill Arnold, Patrick Albanese, Dane Stauffer, Paul Somers, John Bush & Christopher Hart

December 7, 2017-February 15, 2018
Wednesdays-Fridays @ 7:30pm
Saturdays @ 5pm & 8pm
Sundays @ 3pm
Additional performances December 19, 26 & 31, and February 13 @ 7:30pm,
December 20, 26, January 1, February 13-15 @ 3pm
No performances: December 24, January 27, February 10

LOCATION:  Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

TICKETS:  $41-48
Available online at, by phone 800/982-2787 (Ticketmaster), Groups of 10+ call 952/895-4680, or in person at the John and Betty Adamich Box Office.  Discounts available for groups, seniors, military personnel and youth under 12, some restrictions may apply.
Ticket prices listed include facility fees.  Additional service charges and handling fees may apply.