Stand Up Stand Up Celebrates it's Three Year Anniversary

SUSU Celebrates it's Three Year Anniversary TONIGHT
Independent showcases are the life blood of the Chicago comedy scene. Not only do they provide critical, real world, stage time for comedians, but they are also an important "farm system" of sorts. It's where bookers can scout talent and comedians can fine tune their set in front of a real crowds away from the open mic grind. Nothing can tell a comedian what jokes are working faster then the reaction of a live crowd.

But the problem with Chicago showcases is they can also come and go faster then a Hollywood movie flop at your local cinema house. The number of independent showcases that can stand the test of time in this town are a very hearty and rare breed indeed. One such showcases is STAND UP STAND UP which goes down every Thursday in Wicker Park at at the Crocodile lounge. SUSU has became a influential force in the scene and has consistently put up some of the best comedians in the city, including some superstar performers like Hannibal Buress.

The Alex Stone Interview

Cincinnati raised him, Chicago made him. Alex Stone has become one of the most impressive young storytellers in comedy. He was one of the top 100 comics selected for season 8 of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Alex was also invited to preform at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for their New Faces of Comedy showcase. He has also appeared at the Limestone Comedy Festival in Indiana, as well as being selected in the 2013 Best of the Midwest competition at Gilda's LaughFest in Michigan. He is a regular at the Chicago Laugh Factory who just released his debut album, Hello. In this interview we discuss his experience on Last Comic Standing, along with advice about writing and being a better comic.

Be Decisive...

Melissa Richelle
Many people will come up to you at stand-up and improv shows and say "you're so brave, I could never do that". And if people are really drunk they will tell you how they super funny they are... and then cry and tell you their life story - but most people are in awe.

I think part of that is because people are not decisive. Unless you work in the ER, most jobs allow people to mull over their decisions on almost everything they do. As a society we have a hard time living in the moment and not caring about what people think. We are afraid of making the wrong decisions in every area of our lives.

The Lincoln Lodge In SPACE

The Lincoln Lodge is going to SPACE... In Evanston that is. On April 8th, the longest running independent showcase in the country, will launch it's debut show at SPACE with super comedian Ben Kronberg (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, @Midnight, Last Comic Standing) who will be performing for the first time Chicago. The Lincoln Lodge has been an absolute breeding ground for the best comedians in Chicago and the country, T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani and Cameron Esposito have all cut their teeth there, not to mention all the amazing headliners throughout the years. 

About a year ago, the showcase lost it's home of 14 years, amid much freaking out among fans and comics alike, but eventually moved to the Sub T lounge in hipster central wicker park where it's been doing as good ever with packed houses, which was a big deal. Now the LL takes another news worth endeavor by producing a monthly show in Evanston.

Since everyone loves a list - Here are the TOP FIVE reasons why you should venture north to check the debut show April 8th.

The Importance of Integrity

Trevor Noah
The Trevor Noah controversy has raked up something that annoys me in comedy but it is about something that is central to all issues and never receives it’s due attention.

First of all for context: I don’t really watch The Daily Show, I have no familiarity with Trevor Noah’s work and don’t really care about who is the anchor for the show.

Many comedians have rushed to defend the questioning of Mr. Noah’s appointment raised in the press based upon Twitter comments he made 5 years ago. The correct defense of him is that as human beings and artists we all evolve over time and that remarks made 5 years ago may not be indicative of his current philosophy and world view. The gap between age 26 and his current age of 31 can be very significant in terms of personal growth so to bring up remarks made at the younger age is churlish. If he truly holds xenophobic or misogynistic attitudes the truth will soon out under the microscope of public attention that his new job will bring. At the end of the day this is just a job on a TV show – not something with critical impact like public service.

What's Popping!

Filming Live Tuesday March 31st!
Bam! Lets get right to it cause there is no damn time to spare. Check out what's popping in the

Chicago comedy scene this week.

Set to Scene
at iO Chicago - 1501 N. Kingsbury St
Improvised stand up sets at the world famous iO theater
Hosted by Tyson Karrasch & Nicholas Rouley
Every Monday!

Sadsacks and Wisecracks
at High-Hat Club - 1920 W Irving Park, Chicago, IL.
Great new showcase that has been putting together some real killer lineups...
ONLY $5 - What!?
Every Monday

Wild West Comedy Festival

Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Festival (April 14 - April 19) in Nashville Tennessee, is quickly becoming one of the largest and most important comedy festivals in the country. Only in its second year, the lineup is literally a who's who list of the best comedians working today. Gotta say - I was blown away with some of the all star comics being featured this year - Kevin hart, Hannibal Buress, Doug Benson and Tig Notaro just to name a few. Furthermore the festival takes place at some of the most iconic venues and clubs in Nashville - from the historic Ryman Auditorium to the legendary Zanies comedy club. Also it's a completely doable trip for all you Chicago comedy fans. Nashville is only a 40 minute plane ride and about a seven hour drive for those of you up for it. So do your self a favor  and get your tickets ASAP. Check out the insane lineup this year:

Feminine Comique

Are you a female that has always wanted to try stand-up comedy, but for whatever reason has yet to give it a real shot. Well check out the video clip and learn all about Feminime Comique - a comedy course for women by women.

Join the FemCom revolution and get your first taste of stand up. Feminine Comique is a beginners foundation course that strives to give prospective female performers the confidence and skills they need to begin a career in comedy. The course was created by Cameron Esposito and classes are taught by Chicago comedian (and our own staff writer) Kelsie Huff.