Monday, August 22, 2016

How Leslie Jones won the internet...

Leslie Jones (comedian, actress, cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and co-star of the Ghostbusters reboot) has won the internet in three moves.

Lets break it down shall we?

1. She shut down her trolls/haters.
Jones has achieved, through hard work & talent, a lot more recognition & fame these days which has also unfortunately  equated to a ton more internet trolls. One in particular is Milo Yiannopoulos, a Blogger for Breitbart who initiated an avalanche of vicious racism on Twitter with with slimeball tweets like "There is no way to justify calling her beautiful. She’s extremely ugly." This opened the floodgates for a barrage of racist & sexist comments focused on her. Instead of quiting Twitter, like some celebrities, Jones maintained her account with dignity and class while expressing dismay at the cruel treatment. Well... the outpouring of support for Jones was unprecedented. Comedians like Amy Schumer and millions of others had her back. So much so that Yiannopoulos had his account deactivated by Twitter. Which was, again, unprecedented.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hannibal Buress & Eric Andre Go to War...

Ha. This is fucking hilarious. We've interviewed both these cats and if YOU are a real comedy fan you should know exactly who they are... but if you don't... Eric Andre and Hannibal Burress are probably the most original comedians of the new millennium. In this clip they take turns "Tindering" for each other. Laugh out loud funny. Produced by none other then god damn Vanity Fair.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Facebook the mafia...

Not only is Calvin Evans one of Chicago's top working comedians, performing at clubs all around the city, but he's also been producing a ton of high quality videos called "Sunny with a Chance of Funny". In this episode of his web series, Calvin talks about the Instagram's strong arm robbery of Snapchat and the importance of originality. Check it out. You can also check Calvin out tomorrow night at the Comedy Cocktail show at House of Blues inside the Foundation Room. 8PM 4).

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Giving Thanks to Good Hosts

Kelsie Huff
Hosting a comedy show can be a thankless job. Often audiences don’t even realize when a host is crushing it. They simply feel the experience of a great night and don’t comprehend the power a host has in shaping the ebb and flow of their evening’s entertainment.

Most stand-ups have stories of shitty hosts, everyone remembers: the host who doesn’t take the time to correctly pronounce names, introduces comedians as “the girl”, or “the black guy”, or "the fifth bearded white dude of the night”. Those crap hosts ruin the the rep for the hosts who do the real work.

A solid host wears different hats throughout the night, holds down the fort, wins the spirit award, makes every comedian who walks up feel welcomed and successful and leaves the audience thinking, “I sure am glad I decided to put on pants and go out tonight.”

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Simmer Brown!!

Prateek & Sameena
On Saturday, July 30th, Chicago-based stand-up comedy collective, Simmer Brown, returns with a new cast to continue its run of sold-out shows at the Bughouse Theater.

The comedy collective got some new blood by adding two veterans of the Chicago comedy scene to their crew. Jerry Tran and Anthony Bonazzo will join founders Sameena Mustafa and Prateek Srivastava, as associate producers, which should be a real powerhouse cast.

Simmer Brown, a Chicago-based, South Asian stand-up comedy collective, was founded by Sameena Mustafa and Prateek Srivastava in 2015. Their monthly show features Chicago's best stand-up comedians and underrepresented voices. Past lineups have included comics from Comedy Central, HBO, Just for Laughs, “Last Comic Standing,” and “America’s Got Talent.” Simmer brown has also gotten some great press to go along with the sold out shows. It's been recommended by the Chicago Reader & RedEye, listed as a Chicagoist favorites and was even plugged by the one and only Margaret Cho.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Eric Andre at the Republican National Convention

Wow. This shit is hilarious. Comedian Eric Andre went to the Republican National convention and totally clowned it. Andre is the creator and host of The Eric André Show, on Adult Swim and probably the funniest weirdo/comic out there. Check out this hot mess.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jay Pharoah at ZANIES

Saturday Night Live Favorite Jay Pharoah performs at Zanies in Rosemont starting this Friday night. Currently entering his sixth season of SNL, Pharoah is well known for his uncanny impressions of President Barack Obama, Jay Z, Denzel Washington, Kanye West to name a few. A Saturday Night Live cast member since 2010. His film credits include Ride Along, Lola Versus and Top Five.
Should be a real bananas type show.

Zanies Comedy Club (Rosemont)
5437 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 813-0484

Kanye - Swift Beef?

Though not comedy related, this Celeb-drama was good for a chuckle.

Kim Kardashian-West leaked a video online of a conversation between Taylor Swift & Kanye West about a line he wrote in a song that Swift approved of.

However in a grammy acceptance speech T-Swift throws all the shade at Kanye for how some will try to claim responsibility for your success. Which gave this air of: Omg, I’ve never heard of this song before its release.

Which puts that statement in one corner & the truth probably in another room somewhere. Once she was outed, Taylor responded with not approving of being called “That bitch” on IG (That’s Instagram, just FYI.) The line was quote: