Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jokes and Notes to CLOSE...

Owner Mary Lindsey of Jokes and Notes
Jokes and Notes is closing it's doors. The legendary Chicago comedy club is putting on its final show this Saturday, after 11 years of operation in the Bronzeville, neighborhood. Apparently the popular south side club is financially unable to operate the business any longer according to the owner, Mary Lindsey.

“The operating expenses just grew beyond me staying in existence,” she was quoted as saying in a DNA info article on the closing. “I had to make a decision to stop the bleeding if you will because expenses continued to rise but the support isn’t here.”

This is a huge shame because not only was Jokes and Notes a trend setter when it came to cutting edge comedy coming out of Chicago, but it was also the only Black owned club in the city and the only Black & Female owned club in the country.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Dave Helem - Fat Vegetarian.

Chicago comedian Dave Helem is a Fat Vegetarian. He's also hilarious. You can catch him this week at The Second City as part of the critically acclaimed Afro-Futurism show.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What's Popping

Check out "What's Popping" this Week.

at Lincoln Hall
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Filmed Live for Comedy Central
Xavier Lamont VS Sean White
Sean Flannery VS Kolin Bohannon
Meredith Kachel VS Jeff arcuri
CJ Sullivan v Miss Pat
Referee - Brian Moses
Judged by Jeff Ross

1548 North Wells St.
The Co-Anchor of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and head writer for SNL performs all this week at the legendary Zanies comedy club. Do not miss!
All Week Long!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Jonah Jurkens Top 5 Guide to Hosting...

Chicago comedian & producer of "The Blind Bet", one of Chicago's most popular showcases, Jonah Jurkens gives his Top 5 Guide on hosting. Filmed at House of Blues Chicago at the "Comedy Cocktail" showcase that goes down every Tuesday inside Foundation Room.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Top 5 Things NOT to do at an Open Mic

Filmed at House of Blues Chicago, Martin Morrow lists his Top 5 Things NOT to do at an Open Mic. Morrow is a Chicago favorite who was named one of the New City Stage Top 50 players of 2016 and one of the top up-and-coming comedians by Splitsider. Follow him on social media at @martinMmorrow

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Run That Room

Sooner or later (most likely sooner), virtually everyone who performs stand-up comedy for any consistent length of time will be presented with an opportunity to be in charge of a show. It is my strong opinion that everyone should give it a try at least once - but go into it with a plan in place. I have personally seen and/or been an integral part of countless flaming disasters, but that isn’t a reason to poo poo the idea at all. In fact, I think it’s all the more reason to give it a well thought out try. Nothing but valuable education will come from the process – even if it’s a gigantic flop. To be on the safe side, plan on your first few ventures being at least baby flops. Putting on any live event is flat out EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. Period. Getting people to gather in a room for any reason is a challenge that’s a whole lot harder than it appears. I’ve failed at it for decades.

Monday, May 23, 2016

What's Popping

Check out what's popping in the Chicago comedy scene this week.

100 Proof Comedy
at The Comedy Sportz Theatre - 929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago Il.
Great comedy venue. Always a solid show.
Shannon Noll
Shane Torres
Adrienne Brandyburg
Erin Grotheer
Kaitlyn Grissom
Cody Melcher
8PM - 773-549-8080

Best Night Ever
at the GMan Tavern
3740 N. Clark St.
Mike Bobrinskoy hosts...
Sam Gordon
Goodrich Gevaart
Marty DeRosa
Shane Torres (NYC)
8:30PM start time - 21+
FREE admission!
$3 PBR drafts
(773) 549-2050

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

David Drake at House of Blues

Comedian, David Drake talks about comedy, being un-friended on Facebook and Bernie Sanders. Drake headlines tonight at House of Blues Chicago, catch him before he leaves town!
329 N. Dearborn Inside Foundation Room at House of Blues Chicago.
Doors 7PM - Show 8PM, 100% FREE