|C. J. Sullivan|
|C. J. busting up the joint...|
Last Tuesday Chicago Underground Comedy took a break from its normal showcase format to host a rare full-hour special: “C.J. Sullivan: Unlimited.” Sean Flannery performed host duties and the Puterbaugh Sisters featured. The “Unlimited” name, I think, may have been a gambling reference or something. But even C.J. himself seemed uncertain. It mattered little to me or the rest of the packed house.
Up next were the delightfully debauched Puterbaugh Sisters. I had never seen them before but soon discovered that they are in fact the offspring of Mae West and Courtney Love. Really funny jokes and it’s refreshing to see a comedy duo where neither is the straight (wo)man.
C.J. finally took the stage to do one of what was likely the longest set of his career. 60 full minutes when the most I’d seen him do was probably 15. C.J. is hands down the funniest mouth breather in Chicago, and I mean that in the most complimentary sense. He doesn't rush through bits; he takes his time transitioning and you can see the effort he puts into his economical phrasing.
He tackled the Chicago winters. He did a personal favorite bit of mine regarding the tenacity of Lincoln Park sluts. Newer material on the Penn State football scandal had me howling. He closed with a new multimedia piece that shed some due light on his alternate career as a poker player. His set was easy, polished and professional. Great work, C.J.
Keep an eye out for Unlimited. I mean, I think it’s coming out sometime. I don’t really know. Chicago comedy fans should hope so.