Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What's Popping!

Brian Babylon
One of my favorite summer rituals has definitely been going to the annual "Bronzeville Comedy Showcase" which returns for it's sixth year tonight. The showcase has moved to a new plush fine art gallery location (The Blanc Gallery)  and is presented by FM radio station  Vocalo 89.5. As always, BCS is hosted by local comedian Brian Babylon. Babylon is also Vocalo Radio's (89.5 FM) Morning AMp co-host, a panelist on NPR's: Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, the producer and founder of BCS, and really, it's heart and soul. Babylon had this to say about the newly formatted showcase

"I have been doing this show for six years now, and it’s always one of the best places to see comedy, we decided to move the show to a bigger venue to accommodate the large crowd that has made this the best summertime comedy showcase. The Blanc gallery is a swanky art space with a large outdoor area that will take this comedy show to the next level. This is gearing up to be the best summer to date."

If it's anything like last year, BCS will feature the best national & local headliners around. Recommended highly. Other shows that should be on your radar are: BET Comic View LIVE Taping@ Jokes & Notes Comedy Club (happening tonight) which is recording live for TV and Cameron Esposito's FREEDOM FEST happening Friday July 5th which should be insane so get your tickets while you can.

Check out what else is popping this week and beyond...
4455 S. King Drive
7:00PM - ???

The producers of BET Comic View scoured the country for the next generation of comedic superstars stars and 11 lucky Chicago comics got the call and are a step closer.
Clark Jones
Comedian Tara Terry
Comedian Marc Henderson
Schmitty Boudreau
Brandon Glover
Brian Da WiLdcat Smith
Kevin Damn Fool Simpson
Comedian Famo
Willie Lynch Jr.
T. Murph
Mark Gregory
Mike Samp
Calvin Evans
Tonight! 8PM, 4641 S. King Drive Chicago Il.

Comedians You Should Know @ Timothy O'Toole's Pub
at Timothy O'Toole's Pub 
Longrunning showcase is still one of the best in Chicago...
Sick lineup & show is almost sold out.
Rebecca V. O'Neal
Jerry Tran
Dale McPeek
Ali Clayton
Joe McAdam
Hosted Justin Covington!!! 
Uncharted Books, 2630 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647
Thursday!! July 4th!!

The Cupcake Comedy Cabaret
Cupcakes + Comedy = Do it.

ChicagAgoGo Comedy Open Mic
at Durkin's Tavern
Think mics are cancelled for the 4th? Think again.
NEW MIC, Every Thursday at 8PM
Sign-Up at 7:30PM
810 W. Diversey

at the Hideout Inn
This will be a bananas type blow out show featuring the return of a Chicago fave. Do not miss!
1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago, Il
Friday July 5th!!
at The Comedy Bar- Chicago 
Joe Kilgallon has been on fire lately, fresh off his hour long special, he's been headlining shows all over the country. Catch him locally this weekend before his head is too big to fit through the door.
Line Up:
Joe Kilgallon
Brian Babylon - Feature
Martin Morrow - Host
Fri & Sat!

The Mic With No Name AKA Hidden Shamrock Open Mic
A NEW Friday Open Mic!
2723 N. Halsted, Chicago
Sign up @ 6:30, Show @ 7PM
Every Friday!

Talk Hard
Midnight Talk show at ComedySportz Chicago 
Hosted by Jamie Campbell
LIVE late night talk show!

3030 N. Racine St., Chicago, Illinois 60657
Best Open Mic on the north-side?
Probably. Do it!
Every Sunday

Every Sunday
Good times...

Schubas Open Mic
Sign Up 9PM, Show 9:30 PM
3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago,
Every Monday!

100 Proof Comedy followed by The Chaser
The ComedySportz Theatre
Some of the best comedians in Chicago pass through here every week.
Every Monday!

Hoo HA Comedy
at BEER in Chicago, Illinois
This Female comedy collective has been bring the funny every week.

The Side Bar Show
At Riverview Tavern
1958 W Roscoe St. 60618
Every Tuesday, Doors @ 8:30PM

ChicagAgoGo Comedy Open Mic
at Durkin's Tavern
810 W. Diversey
Every Thursday at 8PM
Sign-Up at 7:30PM

James Allen Kamp