Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Last night @ The Loft plus other closings and a plug!

Adam Burke
This is just a quick post to comment on three recent room closings and plug a show.  LAST NIGHT @ THE LOFT.  Yep one of my favorite rooms to get totally shit faced due to the insanely low drink prices while comics are heckled by a bitter host/bartender is closing up shop.

You should go tonight and watch/participate in the chaos.  The Sunday night Swagger Open Mic at The Black Rock Bar, is also no more, which is surprising since this room looked like it had potential to be the next hot Chicago open mic.  Lastly Deluxe Comedy Open Mic is closing up shop according to it's Facebook page. The Deluxe Mic had been going for a while and was produced out of the Deluxe Diner which was a cool looking diner straight out of the 1950's.  Too bad, it will be missed.  

Now for the plug, a favorite comedian Adam Burke is performing every Friday night at 11PM as part of the Kiss Kiss Cabaret show at the very nice Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.  On several occasions I have sung Mr Burke's praises as one of the best comedians in Chicago and have advised that if you get a chance to see Adam you should do so.  Well here's your chance in a great theater venue.  The show has got a little of everything from burlesque to magicians to comedy.  Check out the press release.
"The Kiss Kiss Cabaret features their very own Kiss Kiss Coquettes, a burlesque troupe boasting over 20 years of collective performance experience, the Claptrap Family Orchestra, complete with accordion and original hits, a rotation of some of Chicago’s funniest stand-up comics and amazing magicians, a "Beer-Mission", sing-along opportunities and a mix of other hijinks. Every Friday night is a new explosion of entertainment at the Greenhouse Theater Center!"

James Allen Kamp

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Laughs at the Lincoln Lodge

Adam Burke
Mo Welch
Went to the season finale show at the Lincoln Lodge last Friday night and enjoyed a fine night of comedy.  At first glance you would not suspect that this unassuming, kitschy diner, that's decorated like it's trapped in a 1970's time warp, houses one of the most successful longest running comedy showcases in Chicago, but that's exactly the case.

The Lincoln Lodge just wrapped up its 11th season and in comedy terms that's a freaking dynasty.  Being that it was my first time at the lodge, I wasn't sure of what to expect in terms of the quality of show, but I have to say I was really impressed with the professional lighting, sound and line up of comics.  Whats really amazing about the operation is there is no permanent stage!  The Lincoln crew sets it up and breaks it down for EVERY show. As a cat with some production experience I can tell you with confidence that that shit is crazy.

Much respect to the folks that gotta deal with that grind week after week.  The headliner for the 10PM show was Adam Burke who was consistent as always. If you have never seen Adam, I stongly suggest you google his upcoming shows and catch him when you can.  Mo Welch was also a strong stand out with bits that I can only describe as militantly zany.  Although the regular season is over, Lincoln lodge is having a special event this week that looks to be a hot show.  Lodge alumni and Hollywood big shot T.J. Miller  comes back to town for two nights of hilarity.  Check out the press release.

T.J. Miller

"Our most illustrious alumni T.J. Miller (Cloverfield, The Late Show with David Letterman) headlines two nights of comedy featuring special guest Cameron Esposito! Crack up at the improvised shenanigans of comedy's fastest rising stars! Throw your head back and roar with laughter as T.J. lays down the jokes and witticisms!"

Wednesday 8 PM and Thursday 10 PM

James Allen Kamp

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Todd Glass @ Red Bar Comedy Club

Went to THE RED BAR COMEDY CLUB last Friday to check out Todd Glass who performed over the weekend and was pretty damn funny.  It's kind of hard to pigeon hole his act comically, because Glass wears a lot of hats style wise, but if pressed I would describe Glass as a high octane mix of Robin Williams and Peter Griffin. Glass, a Philadelphia native, has many television appearances including performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Showbiz Show with David Spade, Last Comic Standing, Mr. Show, COMEDY CENTRAL Presents and The Sarah Silverman Show, to name a few.  But enough about Todd Glass, this article is really a review of The Red Bar Comedy Show and the booking of Glass is a good indication of how that venue is stepping up their game in the acquisition of nationally know acts.  If you have not been to Red Bar yet, go.  We recommend it.  Especially if you consider yourself a fan of Chicago comedy.  Bam!  There it is, we officially give the red bar comedy club our stamp of approval and deservedly so.  They run a tight ship.  You get seated quickly by a very courteous staff, the cute waitresses are amazingly fast, polite and attentive.  Seating wise there is not a bad one in the house.  The place is big yet feels intimate, modern yet has a great classic Vegas feel.  There's a real life bathroom attendant for gods sake!  Sure the drinks are a bit pricey ($25 Miller bucket), but about the same as the old Lakeshore Theater's prices, which lets face it was a dump (I loved it.).  This place has got freaking ambiance and did I mention cute waitresses?  Heck they even have hunky bartenders for you ladies (or men whatever...).  Check it out.
James Allen Kamp