September 29, 2014

What's Popping!

Yo! You all should know the deal by now. Another great week of Chicago comedy is about to slap us in the face. Check out what's popping through the weekend.
100 Proof Comedy
at The Comedy Sportz Theatre - 929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago Il.
This weekly Monday showcase puts together some of the best comedians around!
Great lineup this week:
TONIGHT we raise hell with headliner
Dave Helem!
Matty Ryan
Sally Brooks
Mikey Kampmann
Michael Timlin
Jerry Tran + MORE!

Snapshots @ Zanies!
Monday - 1548 North Wells St.
SNAPSHOTS is a show enlisting hilarious emotionally disturbed comics snapping at a wide range of subjects and taking shots at the world of idiocy we're subjected to every day.
From soft spoken to in your face, SNAPSHOTS will be demonstrated at various volumes.
Kevin Naughton - Host
Laura Hugg
Paul Farahvar
Pat McGann
Mike Maxwell
Sydney Adennyi
Jacob Williams
Rudy Ruiz
Harold Pierre
Dobie Maxwell
Tonight 8PM!

September 27, 2014

Matt Braunger @ Schubas!

Yo! Just found out about a great show we want to put on your radar. Matt Braunger is coming to town for a one night only performance, this Sunday night at Schubas. Braunger cut his teeth right here in Chicago and has been tearing up the national comedy scene as a headliner and TV personality since 2007.

Matt’s television credits are absolutely ridiculous, they include NBC, MADtv, HBO, CONAN, The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live At Gotham, The Pete Holmes Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central's @midnight. In 2009, he was named to Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch and Comedy Central’s Hot 9 in ’09 list, his debut album Soak Up The Night was released by Comedy Central Records and in 2010 he recorded his half hour Comedy Central Presents special. In 2012 Matt released his debut hour-long special entitled Shovel Fighter (great title) and a brand new hour long comedy special that will be released later this year.

September 26, 2014

Interview With Ben Bailey

We all know Ben Bailey from the hit TV series Cash Cab. Cash Cab won Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Game Show" in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and Bailey himself won Daytime Emmy awards for "Outstanding Game Show Host" in 2010, 2011, & 2013, and was still nominated in 2007, 2008, & 2009. But what many do not know is that Ben Bailey began as a comedian - and he’s a really good one at that. A New York stand-up comedy favorite and an around-the-world performer, Bailey’s specials are on Comedy Central Presents along with Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Bailey will perform this Saturday (Sept 27th) as part of a one night only live filming for his latest special right here in Chicago, at the Up Comedy Club!

Ben was nice enough to take some time out of his schedule to sit down to talks shop and give us this great in-depth interview about, stand-up comedy, his eight seasons with Cash Cab, shit day jobs, the creative process and why he loves crowd work. Enjoy!

September 25, 2014

Things I've Learned - By Bill Cruz

Things I've learned coming up in the Chicago Stand-Up scene:

1. Don’t Just do Stand up comedy:

Go SEE stand up comedy. Popping down to the local showcases and yes even the clubs gives you an idea of what is required of a performer who gets booked. You want to know what a strong 10-20-30-40 minute set looks like? You want to be on a show? Then you better know how its run, and what makes it a good show.

If you can afford it, take a class. Weather it's improv, sketch, or acting, it WONT hurt your stand up. It also teaches your brain how to think in other creative ways.

September 24, 2014

Judah Friedlander: The World Champion

If you did not get to see Judah Friedlander while he was in town this past weekend, I gotta say, you missed one hell of a show. And to be completely honest, I had low expectations going in. Before the show, I did not know much about Judah other than his role in 30 Rock and that goofy scene from Meet the Parents a long time ago.

Walking past his picture on the way into the Up Comedy Club, I was unsure as to how this would turn out. I mean, the guy wears a bright yellow t-shirt that says ‘World Champion’ on it, what am I supposed to think?! The hater in me wanted to automatically assume that he’s another actor-turned-comedian using his 30 Rock success and his gimmicky character to sell tickets.

September 23, 2014

The Slow Grind - By Bobby Hill

Comedian Bobby Hill
I worked in Los Angeles, or fought to work in Los Angeles, in entertainment on the business side for a number of years, so I'm familiar with the slow grind that it takes to succeed often times still not getting anywhere. It made me extremely patient. I'm a baby and have so long to go. Sometimes you just have to step back and remember that. I also learned that there isn't a direct path for anyone; there isn't a simple formula to copy because the method to get there changes and who you are or what you do isn't the same as the person you're trying to emulate.

Six years ago people weren't getting famous on Twitter and now folks getting plucked to write for Jimmy Fallon because of tweets! Some IT guy recently got tabbed to write for Fallon just because of his Twitter account. In 3-5 years, that path won't be available either. You have to adapt and change, but you also have to be incredibly patient."

September 22, 2014

What's Popping!

It's another sick week of comedy options in the Chicago scene. Lots of new shows & mics are popping up all over the place (just in time for the fall season) and it's not just brand new shows either, more then a few of Chicago's favorites are also back from summer hiatus. So get out to a show this week because the lineups are looking especially solid. I know I always say that... But it's never been more true then right now - if you haven't been out to some of the great clubs and idepependent shows, do it while the weather is still decent. Check out what's popping in the scene starting tonight and through the week.

100 Proof Comedy
at The Comedy Sportz Theatre - 929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago Il.
Jay Washington headlines a powerhouse lineup featuring:
Prateek Srivastava 
Andy Fleming
Olivia Cathcart
Dave Stinton
Josh Johnson
Tonight! - 8PM

September 20, 2014

Comedy Through Tragedy: The Sean White interview

If you still do not know who Sean White is, you’ve been missing out. He is easily one of the top comics here in Chicago today. A raw talent all the way from Huntsville, Alabama, Sean began in Atlanta, got seasoned in Hong Kong, and came to Chicago to make his mark. Yet, life threw a nasty curve ball at him, striking Sean with a sudden series of family fatalities joined by an unforgiving divorce. Rather than drowning in despair, Sean transformed himself into a comedic alchemist as he took his deep, dark pain and turned it into comedy gold.

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways: Either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” –Dalai Lama

Sean White is the real deal. In this interview, he could not have been any more professional nor more genuine. Sean is recording his debut album, Dead & Gone tonight performing two shows at 8:00 & 10:30PM at Timothy O’Toole’s. The show will also feature Adam Burke and Jeff Steinbrunner, all produced by ‘Comedians You Should Know’. Come out and see history in the making.