Showing posts with label dave odd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dave odd. Show all posts

May 22, 2013

What's Popping!

Dang... Just found out the The Edge Comedy Club Open Mic is CLOSING. Wow, that's a little sad... The Edge was one of the first rooms I ever checked out almost 5 years ago. Used to be run by Dave Odd and was located at the Chicago Center for The Perfroming Arts but got booted out of there when the venue had to close. Then it moved to Sully's House bar & grill and is currently run by Kyle Scanlan who confirmed that Thursday is the last night. There are no plans to move it to another location under that brand as far as we could gather. Again kind of bitter sweet since The Edge was probably the longest running brand for Open Mics in the Chicago comedy scene. It's not an exaggeration to say every comedian worth some salt has played this room in some form or another, and I mean everybody. From Hannibal Buress to Kyle Kinane to Junior Stopka. It's a shame... but hey that's the nature of the comedy beast. Guess the bar owners think karaoke night or whatever is going to go over big. We encourage everyone, both comics and fans, to come out this Thursday and help put the old girl down.

After you dry your eyes check out what's popping this week and beyond.

August 13, 2010

Interview with Dave Odd

When I arrived in Chicago two years ago, one of the things I knew I had to try was an open mic. After much searching on the net I went to the The Edge Comedy Club at the Chicago Center for Performing Arts. I was terrified, my material was untested and to be honest mediocre. But surprisingly the experience was quite positive, the crowd was supportive and I actually got some laughs.

I have no desire to be a comic but I wanted to have the experience and The Edge was a great way to get my feet wet. The host was a funny guy named Dave Odd who would give notes to anyone who asked him. I went back a few times and saw regulars like Junior Stopka, Drew Michael and Hannibal Burress, all local comics who have since moved on to other "more seasoned" rooms, but at the time I had no idea who they were, just that they all were showing up at this particular open mic. Later after working at the Lakeshore Theater did I realize what a small world the Chicago comedy scene can be.

The Lakeshore is closed but Dave Odd's "Edge Comedy Club" is still going strong. I sat down with Dave and and got some insight into his perspective on the Chicago comedy scene. We covered everything from his motivation to the politics of comedy. One thing that really comes across when speaking with Dave is how passionate he is. The man has been producing comedy since 2001. He's done multiple shows in the city and suburbs, at one point he had showcases at seven different venues running simultaneously. In 2003 Dave produced a $1000 comedy contest at the Lakeshore Theater which was one of the first shows to bring stand up comedy to that influential venue.