Friday, December 6, 2013

Tighten Up Friday...

Damn. Think I'm still recovering from a huge Thanksgiving dinner, stomach's still boated, but that's a good thing (it is) considering the state of the world... Big props to local comedians like Bill Cruz and Maggie Ednie, who opened their homes to fellow artists over the holiday. Count your blessings (corny but true) people.

Well... It was pretty much a bananas type week in terms of comedy happenings. If you haven't had a chance, check out the ass load of pics taken from around the comedy scene last week, (150 +) . As per usual, plenty of comedy events go on over the weekend that I don't necessarily get a chance to plug in the Monday "What's Popping" segment, OR I feel a need to re-plug so they don't get lost in the shuffle which is the whole point of this "Tighten Up Friday" segment. So some top shows to keep on you radar are the Kellye Howard Comedy show (South loop y'all!), The Lincoln LodgeComedy At The Shack, Make Yourself At Home, Wait for 8!, Chicago's Best Stand-Up (@ Laugh Factory) and Talk Hard - Plus the usual suspects of independent showcases and open mics. ESPECIALLY the Wait For 8 open mic. Where comics GET 8 MINUTES of stage time, thats unheard of folks. Word is they need more comedian bodies to come out, so hop to it. Hosted by Monte LaMonte and Tim Barnes. Check out what's up this weekend!

Talk Hard
At ComedySportz Chicago
Chicago’s MIDNIGHT uncensored talk show!
Hosted by Jamie Campbell (Voted Best Stand up Comedian 2013 - Chicago Reader)
It's the Talk Hard winter informal!  
"Wear your pajamas and join us for our first live podcast recording!" 
Special Guests: Matthew F. Perry and Caleb Usry from the independent film After Exodus! 
Stand-up from: Jeff Arcuri & The Puterbaugh Sisters
Music: Gabe Liebowitz!  
929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Il.Tonight!

Power Hour Comedy Open Mic
Power Hour Open Mic
Sign up @ 6:30PM
Show starts promptly at 7PM
At The Gallery Cabaret
2020 North Oakley Avenue

The Lincoln Lodge
4008 N. Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60618
Longest running comedy showcase in Chicago featuring some of the best comedians in the country. Every Friday + specials shows each week.
Fridays Lineup:
Kyle Scanlan
Bill Cruz
Ricky Gonzalez
Lola Balatro
Chad Briggs
Russ Williamson

Comedy At The Shack
2360 N. Clybourne Chicago, Illinois 60614
Food & drink specials + great local comedy!
10PM Friday!

Here Is Your Alibi
Free & BYOB Comedy Show
at 1106 W. Thorndale, Chicago, Illinois
IAN ABRAMSON - special guest host:

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

at the Ontourage Night Club 
157 W. Ontario, Chicago Il.
8 and 10 pm. 21 and over. IDs a must.
HEADLINER: Danny Bevins
Friday and Saturday!

Make Yourself at Home!!
at The Hidden Shamrock
Great freaking showcase, one of my favorites right now...
Tight lineups, proper room in the back, great specials.
Headliner Chad Briggs!!
FREE & $3 Specials!

Chicago's Best Stand-Up
at the Laugh Factory Chicago
Martin Morrow
Joey Villagomez
Brian Babylon
Candy Lawrence
Danny Kallas
CJ Sullivan.
8PM and 10PM

Kellye Howard Comedy Show
Every Sunday at Velvet Lounge
67 E. Cermak, Chicago Il.
Some amazing comics have been showing up at this NEW weekly showcase...
Show starts @ 8PM sharp -
Ladies FREE before 8PM
Hosted By Kellye Howard

Tuxedo Cat Comedy
at The Innertown Pub, 12/8
1935 W. Thomas St., Chicago, Il.
Starts @ 7PM
Martin Morrow
Cody Melcher
Meredith Kachel
Tamale Sepp
Goodrich Gevaart
Rebecca Fass
Special Guest Kellye Howard
Conor Delehanty - Host

@ Wills Northwoods Inn
One of the best open Mic's in Chicago.
Hosted By Reena Calm and David Drake
7PM sign up - 8PM start.

Comedy Behind Bars Open Mic
Sunday night 7 p.m. 6:30 Sign up
5 minute slots @ A.J. Hudsons
3801 N. Ashland, Chicago Il.
Hosted by Noah Gutierrez

Wait for 8! 
The open mic where comics get 8 min. 
at the Township - 2200 N. California 
Random DRAW! Starts @ 6PM
HOSTED BY Monte LaMonte, Tim Barnes and Michael Sanchez. 
$2 drink specials - SUNDAYS!

James Allen Kamp