October 22, 2014

Interview with Yannis Pappas

Yannis Pappas (international headliner from Brooklyn) is bringing his variety show to Chicago at the UP Comedy Club this weekend. Yannis has been featured on CBS, ABC, BET, MTV, AXS TV, VH1, and Comedy Central. He's well known for his characters, Maurica Rodriguez and Mr. Panos who have become internet sensations generating millions of views on YouTube.

Yannis’ comedic journey has been nothing close to ordinary. He survived being shot, and he’s also been struck by lightning. A true survivor who is one of a kind, and was nice enough to share his crazy tales, along with tips on how to prepare for a TV special, and what it takes to have a long, successful career in this industry.

October 20, 2014

Clean Makes Green

Dobie Maxwell
As I sat around looking at my laundry list of topics, subtopics and tangents I wanted to address concerning the subject of standup comedy, the one I think is most important to get to before even thinking about getting started with anything else is the term “clean”. What does it mean exactly?

I’ve been around a long time and this has always been a major point of heated discussion to the point of bitter argument. The term itself is rather cloudy, and has a different meaning to everyone who uses it. It’s like describing a potential blind date’s looks to a friend using the word “cute”.

October 17, 2014

Stewart Huff Album Recording - MONDAY!

Stewart Huff Album Recording!
at 100 Proof Comedy

This entire post is just a big plug for a great show on Monday. Stewart Huff will be recording his new album at The ComedySportz Theatre as part of the 100 Proof Comedy presents showcase. This is a rare opportunity to catch Huff performing in Chicago. Highly Recommended. Check out the press release then get your tickets before it sells out.

"Stewart Huff, who just premiered his five star one-man show at the Indianapolis Fringe Festival, will be appearing for ONE NIGHT ONLY to record his next album at The ComedySportz Theatre on Monday, October 20th for two shows at 8 and 10pm. He is teaming up with the producers of 100 Proof Comedy (named Chicago’s “Best Venue for Stand-Up” by The Chicago Reader) for an unforgettable evening of laughs.

Huff has performed in comedy clubs nationally and internationally, including the Improv in Los Angeles and New York, the Punchline in Atlanta and the Funny Bone in Omaha, as well as countless others. A finalist in the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival, Huff was also invited to perform in the HBO Las Vegas Festival and the Aspen Comedy Festival. He was also featured in the documentary Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages and recently appeared on Laughs on FOX. He is often considered by other comedians–as well as audiences–as one of the best working comics today."

October 16, 2014

HACK - By: Martin Morrow

Webster's Dictionary describes a hack as "a rough cut, blow or stroke".

Any number of comedians would say a hack is something entirely different. Some believe it comes down to being unoriginal - something that has been done before being done again. I've seen a thousand Barack Obama impressions. Out of that thousand maybe 2 were good. I've seen a thousand Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions. Same thing. But if that's "hack" then wouldn't that make abortion, race, and drug jokes hack too? 

Johnny Carson was making pot jokes to the point where NBC execs told him to lay off or it might bring trouble. So is it any "edgier" now that marijuana is mainstream or would that indeed make jokes about smoking weed hack? Maybe the mainstream itself is what's hack. Jokes of celebrities, current events, politics or saying the word "hashtag" in a bit are THE mainstream now but if what's new is hack and what's old and worn is hack then...what are we left with?

October 15, 2014

James Fritz @ The Comedy Bar!

Although we plugged a ton of shows on Monday - we wanted to be extra certain to make sure this particular show was on your radar.

James Fritz @ The Comedy Bar
at The Comedy Bar
157 W Ontario
Chicago, IL 60654

Fritz is back in Chicago! Catch him performing 4 shows at The Comedy Bar this weekend, Oct 17-18. James was a staple of the Chicago comedy scene before he moved to L.A. This is a don't miss opportunity to catch Fritz perform at proper club venue before he leaves again. Recommended!

Check out this short clip then use the code below for 1/2 price tickets!

October 14, 2014

8 Mics In One Night!

Conor & Nick at Shit Creek
On 9/31/14 - Conor Cawley and Nick Martin tried to hit every Tuesday Open Mic in Chicago (or at least as many as possible). They had fun, learned lessons, and were issued expensive citations by the Chicago police. Here’s what happened…

Shit Creek
Nick: The night started off amazingly thanks to this must try room. You have good hosts, a non-comic crowd, cheap drinks, a stage backdrop made from an abandoned fence and elaborate poo-based marketing tactics. There’s contests and trophies and they raffled off a bottle of whiskey to comics. Seriously, Miles and Levi go out of their way to make the room accepting and fun. As for my set, this was the first time I did the material I did all night and I watched it improve in the span of three hours.

October 13, 2014

What's Popping!

We plug a ton of great Chicago comedy events this week. Super shows are going down like: Two Nights with Doug Stanhope, Rory Scovel performing at the Up Comedy Club, a Ross Bennett's Live CD Recording at Zanies, the premiere of the Blackout Diaries at a band new location, and the brief return of James Fritz to the local scene. Yeah I know... It's Fucking stacked. Check out what's popping in the scene this week.

Movies with Benefits: Con Air
at the MCL Chicago Theater
Movies with Benefits is a monthly comedy show where a panel of comics watch, dissect, and provide commentary on your favorite (and not so favorite) movies.
The movie this month -  CON AIR.
Dylan Scott 
Tyler Ross
Timmy Brochu
Shannon Noll
FREE SHOW (donations accepted)
Monday at 8:00PM!

October 10, 2014

Interview with Jeff Ross!

Jeff Ross, AKA “The Roastmaster General” is a 25-year veteran who has done it all: He's performed on a ton of late night TV with - Leno,  Letterman, Kimmel, Fallon, and Ferguson. He stars on his own show, The Burn with Jeff Ross on Comedy Central, he's recorded two stand-up specials - No Offense and Jeff Ross Roasts America, he is the author of "I Only Roast the Ones I Love" and is heavily involved with the USO as he wrote and directed the documentary "Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie" where he co- starred with Drew Carey. To top it all off, he was the very first guest on the debut episode of the WTF podcast with Marc Maron, one of the top podcasts in the country.

Yet, that’s only half of it, Jeff Ross’s nickname comes from his blistering performances of high-profile celebrity roasts that have included Pamela Anderson, Joan Rivers, David Hasselhoff, Donald Trump, Bob Saget, Charlie Sheen, and James Franco—just to name a few! He is a staple of the New York Friar’s Club, and having been part of the last 11 Comedy Central roasts, he is easily one of the best insult comedians in the business.

But as mean as he may seem on stage, off stage Jeff Ross could not have been nicer. Beat with a bad flu, his voice was nearly gone, yet he still insisted to have the interview go on. Given his conditions, it was extremely kind of him to talk shop and share his comedic advice and wisdom with all of us. He performs at the UP Comedy Club in Chicago tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday night.