Friday, July 10, 2015

Best of The Comedy Exposition!

When the behemoth comedy festival brand "Just for Laughs" decided to pull up it stakes and leave
Chicago, it left the local comedy scene in the lurch wondering what the future would hold. Local comics furiously debated whether this was the end of big festivals in the city or or if some other corporate entity would replace it. But then a group of comedians and producers decided to DIY their own damn festival and The Comedy Exposition was born.

Billing itself as a independent comedy festival that celebrates the best in local and national stand-up, TCE had an amazing debut that went beyond expectations. and now in 2015 is poised for a banner second year.

Co-founder/producer Matt Byrne had this to say about the 2015 festival. 
"I'm so excited that my co-producers and I have been able to create something we're all truly proud of. Taking what we've learned from the success of last year's festival, we've organized what I think is the best weekend of stand up comedy you'll see in Chicago all year. Between the outstanding local comics and the out of town acts coming in from across North America, we've got something really exciting in store for anyone who loves comedy in Chicago."

That said, here are our 5 best picks of The Comedy Exposition of 2015

Arguments & Grievances at SCHUBAS - 3159 North Southport Avenue
Arguments & Grievances is a comedy debate show where comedian argue truly foolish topics. A big crowd favorite at the festival last year. Funny and original,
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015 - 6PM

Bill Cruz
Megan Gailey & Friends at SCHUBAS
3159 N. Southport Ave
Former Chicago Stand-Up Megan Gailey features and handpicks an amazing lineup of Current and former Chicago comedians. One of my favorites lineups of the fest. Featuring: Bill Cruz, Kenny DeForest Tommy MacNamara, Rebecca O'Neal and Hosted by Megan Gailey
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015 - 8PM

The Blackout Diaries at THE PLAYGROUND - 3209 N Halsted Street
Almost an iconic show in the Chicago scene. Founded by Sean Flannery, The Blackout Diaries premise is to get comedians (and sometime real people) on stage to tell true and hilarious drinking stories in front of a live audience.
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015 - MIDNIGHT

STAND UP STAND UP AT THE CROCODILE - 1540 N Milwaukee Avenue
Three great showcases with three monster headliners - all of whom got their start in Chicago. SUSU has morphed in to one of the best comedy showcases in the city in the last few years. Recommended.
Showcase feat. Danny Kallas - 6:30 PM
Showcase feat. Joe Kilgallon - 8:00 PM
Showcase feat. Mike Stanley - 9:30 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015

Closing Ceremony with Todd Glass & friends! at UP COMEDY CLUB - 230 W North Avenue
Comedy giant Todd Glass will headline at the swanky Up comedy club and will be joined by a surprise lineup full of the biggest and names from the festival. Should be bannas.
SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2015 - 8PM

James Allen Kamp
Editor