And it's not because of a lack of source material either. There are a million stories to be told about Chicago comedy. Anyone who's been hustling in this game for a reasonable length of time has got at least a dozen compelling stories to tell. Plus this vibrant scene has exploded and the infrastructure to support it is in place and thriving, so much so that the Chicago Tribune just wrote a three page article about it.
So it's always with great relief when I can submit stories that sort of write themselves. Like the fact that JFL is coming to town with an insane festival lineup, or that the new Hannibal Burress special just debuted on Comedy Central this week. Or that the Up Comedy Club is on fire.
The second reason UP is hot, is the Just For Laughs Festival line up that they have planned (The Nerd Show!). Holy high-water, this is looking good, especially for local fans who will appreciate the Chicago centric slant. I would get my tickets now for the Janeane Garofalo and Kyle Kinane show. Check out the line up.
Just For Laughs Festival
Shows at UP June 12 - 16, All shows are $25
Tuesday, June 12 at 10:30pm
The Nerd Show
Featuring Pete Holmes, Brian Posehn, Brent Weinbach and more
Wednesday, June 13 at 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Thursday, June 14 at 9:30pm
Janeane Garofalo and Kyle Kinane
Wednesday, June 13 at 11:00pm
Presents Performance Anxiety
Thursday, June 14 at 11:30pm
Friday, June 15 at 11:00pm
Saturday, June 16 at 11:00pm
A Carlin Home Companion
Friday, June 15 at 9:00pm
James Allen Kamp