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.

September 19, 2014

Weekend Shows!

Lots of amazing comedy events are happening this weekend. Get out and support if you can. Check out what's happening...

Matteo Lane at The Comedy Bar
Recommended!
Starting Tonight!

Gina YashereZanies
Great national comedy acts.
This Weekend!!
1548 North Wells St.
312-337-4027

Kyle KinaneUp Comedy Club
this Weekend!
230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago
(312) 337-3992

September 18, 2014

Improv and Stand-Up

Jeanie Doogan will perform as part Crossbreed comedy tonight!
Improv and stand-up: The bitter couple of comedy. Oh sure, they both get along fine with their mixed son Sketch but “they just don’t work together.”

I’m tired of hearing how different these two staples of the Chicago comedy scene seemingly are. As an improviser, I’ve dabbled in stand-up, but I’ve been met with resistance when trying to arrange a collaboration on stage. Occasionally an open mic will open its doors to other forms of comedy and while the sketch groups seem to be both expected and accepted, I’ve always earned myself the stares and hushed tones that say “why is an improviser performing?”

Is it so crazy to believe that we can get along on stage as well as most of us do off stage?

September 17, 2014

Interview with Kyle Kinane!

From the suburbs of Chicago to living in Los Angeles, Kyle Kinane (performing this week @ The Up comedy Club) has an impressive resume of performances that include the comedy festivals of Vancouver, Leicester, Washington D.C., Portland, Aspen, and Just For Laughs Chicago.

Kinane has two recorded albums to date: Death of the Party and Whiskey Icarus. His TV credits include: Last Call with Carson Daly, The Very Funny Show on TBS, The World Stands Up on the BBC and a part in Judd Apatow’s Funny People. Oh, and he’s also the voice of Comedy Central. Given his busy schedule, Kyle was cool enough to spare some time for a quick Q&A.

BACKSTORY

COMEDY OF CHICAGO: You played in punk rock bands growing up with dreams of being a musician. What instrument did you play? And how do you feel about comedians who incorporate music in with their act?

September 16, 2014

Joan Rivers Paved the Way For Women to Make Fun of Jews

Meredith Kachel
The comedy community was rocked last week when legendary comedian, Joan Rivers, died at the age of 81. Rivers will be remembered as a prolific writer, stand up comedian, and fashion critic. She was an invaluable asset to the comedy community, paving the way for comedians such as Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, and Amy Schumer. Joan Rivers truly broke barriers and paved the way for women comedians who make fun of Jewish people.

The females at Hoo HA! Comedy are devastated that another female comic has died, and feel it’s our duty and our right to write about another female comic since we’re women comics. As Comediennes, we are at a loss for words except for the ones where we explain that only we, female comediennes, could possibly understand the passing of such a funny woman who genuinely made some funny and really offensive statements about the Jewish community.

September 15, 2014

What's Popping!

Big shows coming down the pipe this week. The Sean White (LIVE ALBUM RECORDING) at Timothy O'Toole's Pub should definitely be on your radar. Check out what else is popping this week in the Chicago comedy scene.

Performance Anxiety
at The Pleasure Chest Chicago - 929 W Belmont
Comedy show at sex positive adult toy store...
LINEUP:
Kevin Brody - Host
Dan Friesen
Stephanie Hasz and Andy Fleming
Rebecca Fass
Sammy K Obeid
Nigel Ng
FREE + BYOB!
$5 SUGGESTED DONATION
AUDIENCE GETS 15% OFF IN STORE!!!
Today at 8:00PM

Best Night Ever! FREE comedy show! [09/15/14]
at GMan Tavern - 3740 N Clark St
Powerhouse Lineup:
CJ Sullivan
Mike O'Keefe
Dave Helem
Sean White
Blake Burkhart
Andy Fleming
Steph Hasz
Hosted by Dave Losso
FREE!
$4 Drafts
Tonight at 8:00PM!

September 12, 2014

Benefit of Laughter - Sept 16th!

BENEFIT OF LAUGHTER - HOSTED BY KYLE KINANE

HEY YOU! Yes you specifically. I don't care what your doing next Tuesday (09/16/14 - 8:00 PM, doors open @ 07PM), whatever it is, cancel that shit. You NEED to be at The Up Comedy Club for an amazing ONE night only show called Benefit Of Laughter. It's hosted by Kyle Kinane and has arguably the best, sickest, most ridiculous, powerhouse lineup I've seen in a long time on one stage, Not only is the show for a super noble and extremely good cause (all proceeds go to help pay the medical bill of Chris Robinson who has aggressive brain cancer), but it puts four amazing Chicago comedians on the same stage (+ super secret guests we cant mention), all headliners in their own right. This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY event people. You will probably never see these four guys on stage at the same time again. Ever.

September 11, 2014

Depression and Comedy

Depression is a real thing that needs to be talked about. There are a lot of people out there that are
hurting and don’t let anyone in because they are embarrassed, afraid, or worried that some guy (you know the one) will say, “Dude you’re not depressed, you just want attention.” The fact is, only good things can come from talking about it. Even if “that guy” says something an asshole would say, it’s a good thing because you got to find out he’s not a friend at all. So here I am, on the raggedy edge (went there), sharing my story in the hope that it will help someone.

My entire life I’ve tried to be funny. Since elementary school my goal was to make people laugh. This was to mask my depression, which at the time was incredibly confusing to me because I couldn’t identify a source. I didn’t know why I was unhappy, just that I was. For me, people’s laughter was the sound of validation. They were acknowledging me as a human being who had an impact on their lives, if only for a second.