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The Chi Hip Tip

Kyle Lane and Mike David gear up for the big show. Photo courtesy of Mike David

Mike David is finally throwing the comedy show he wants to see, and thinks downtown Chicago needs to see.

After four years of seeing local stand-up comedy and inviting Chicago comedians to co-host on his popular and wonderfully giddy and crass Internet radio show Red Bar Radio, David, in partnership with comedian Kyle Lane, will be producing a new weekly stand-up show in downtown Chicago at the Ontourage nightclub. David says, “I have been going to comedy shows for the last four years and have done a lot of complaining. I never thought any of the shows in Chicago were up to Chicago standards. We’re the third largest city in the country, and we don’t have a world class comedy club…there’s no reason why we can’t have comedy clubs that pay comedians.”

David also has ideas about how to present comedians as entertainment to his downtown audience: “[We will book] three-person line-ups, ensuring that each comic gets their time on stage, to connect with an audience…give the comics a chance to make a name for themselves.”

The Red Bar Comedy Club is one of just a few rooms seeking to bring local stand-up comedy to downtown Chicago, populated at night by four-star hotel patrons, Northwestern University students, and Gold Coast condo owners*. “The ultimate goal is to have this club become a Chicago staple for downtown. This is where you go when you visit Chicago for stand-up,” David says.

For the inaugural event, many members of David’s “Barmy”, the legion of devoted Red Bar radio show fans throughout the United States, have committed to spending the weekend in Chicago and attending the event – “We have over one hundred Red Bar fans flying in to see the first show,” David said.

The Red Bar Radio podcast can be found here.

The first Red Bar Comedy Club show is TOMORROW, 8:30PM, and will feature local stand-up comics Dean Carlson, James Fritz, and Sean Flannery, with host Steve O. Harvey. The Ontourage nightclub is located at 157 W. Ontario, downtown Chicago. $10 admission, no drink minimum, 280 person capacity seating.

*Statement not in any way verified by a census; just personal observation.

--Kristy Mangel

Reader Comments (2)

I've been waiting for this night for a few weeks now, I'm sick of going to bad comedy shows in the city. Looking forward to this night guys !!

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark - Chicago


January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAladdin

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