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The CHI Hip Tip -- The Hot D8 Campaign

Mo Welch, Ben Lerman, and Cameron Esposito are the Hot D8 CampaignTonight is the Hot D8 Campaign’s first stop on their mini-world tour of Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, and Provincetown. The Campaign (a send up to the NO H8 Campaign in California) kicks off tonight at Hamburger Mary’s, at the beginning of the last weekend of Pride Month in Chicago. Mo Welch joins Cameron Esposito and Ben Lerman as host to this showcase of hilarity and awareness, with a portion of tour proceeds going to Marriage Equality USA.

Related: It’s a Hot D8 @ Hamburger Mary’s

HOT D8 Campaign, Hamburger Mary’s (5400 N. Clark, Chicago), TONIGHT, 7:30 pm, $12, tickets at the door.

--Kristy Mangel


Report from the Road -- Boston's Women in Comedy Festival

By: Cameron Esposito

This year's Women in Comedy Festival was a rousing success.  Or at least every bit of the WICF I took in went swimmingly.  Hosted by ImprovBoston, Beantown’s artsy, brainy, little theater that could, the Fest featured performances and workshops by top female performers and industry folks, many of them East Coast based.  

Maria BamfordPerhaps I’m a biased party – after all, ImprovBoston is where I got my start in comedy and I do have a particular affinity for talking comedy shop with other ladies who joke – but the WICF seemed to have a unique atmosphere for a comedy festival.  Maybe because there were so many female performers around (and some men, like NYC’s Micah Sherman and Boston Comedy Studio booker Rick Jenkins), or maybe because there didn’t seem to be a focus on showcasing for industry types, there actually seemed to be a pervasive tone of camaraderie.  Workshops offered by folks like Jackie Kashian pulled in a huge numbers of performers (and that particular workshop also featured a stop-by from Maria Bamford).  I had the opportunity to teach a workshop version of my all-female standup course, The Feminine Comique, and couldn’t believe my turn-out – 17 women for a two-hour workshop starting at 10 AM on a Sunday?  Hell yeah.

Both shows I performed in – one for a packed house at the teeny, adorably intimate basement club Motleys, and one for a comedy-sated smattering of folks at IB’s mainstage theater – drew receptive, supportive audiences.  Even major Boston artery Mass Ave was adorned with a huge banner announcing the week’s worth of shows.  I don’t always love being a part of all lady bills.  They can play as demeaning.  These were not those shows. Festival organizers Michelle Barbera, Maria Ciampa, and Elyse Schuerman’s eye for solid talent was obvious, as was the eagerness of everyone at the Fest to connect with ladies laying down jokes across the country.  

Edie McClurgPerhaps the most interesting part of the Fest was watching a panel of successful female performers and industry professionals field this question from a male attendee (which there were tons of): “How does it make you feel to exploit yourselves in this industry?”  It was awesomely satisfying to watch Edie McClurg – you may remember her as the secretary from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – handle that question with grace and ease.  “I don’t find it exploitative to sell my work,” she offered, positing that she was actually in the business of selling her talent, not herself.  That was the feeling of the entire festival.

Cameron Esposito is a standup comic based in Chicago. Her debut album on Rooftop Comedy Records, Grab Them Aghast, is available on iTunes and Amazon now.


Chicago Checklist

James Fritz | Photo courtesy of Time Out ChicagoChicago mainstream media has been hollering at local comics recently. Steve Heisler wrote up a fun little blurb for Time Out Chicago about Resi's Bierstube, a favorite post-show spot, featuring current king of comedy James Fritz:

As the lights come up at the Lincoln Lodge stand-up showcase one wintry Friday night, comedian James Fritz slowly dons a hoodie, scarf and coat. It’s a short walk, but he’ll have a cigarette along the way. The other comics in attendance—performers or supporters, like Fritz—hang back until he moseys over and nods, stroking his beard. “You goin’ out?” he asks. No further explanation is needed. He’s headed to Resi’s Bierstube.

Robert Hines | Photo courtesy of the Chicago TribuneRobert Hines, of Jones Big Ass Truck Rental & Storage infamy, was featured in the Chicago Tribune last week, with news that Hines' film Chasing Robert, co-starring Andy Dick, Larry Miller, and Dan Castellaneta, has wrapped and is looking for distribution. 

Tribune writer Steve Johnson also gave shouts to "four comedians to watch" -- is local comedy writing in the Tribune making a comeback?

Cameron Esposito's first album, Grab Them Aghast, recorded at the Lincoln Lodge in early December, just released on iTunes and Amazon. You can catch Cameron tonight at the Whistler, 8 p.m., 2421 N. Milwaukee, for the presentation, "The Cardio Cabaret: A Total Body Experience". 

Read the good news that Kumail Nanjiani continues to be unstoppable, as he got recently cast in the hourlong TBS pilot Franklin & Bash. We'll await word on whether the pilot gets picked up; we have a feeling that with Nanjiani in the credits, it has an 82% better chance based on that fact alone. (via)

Like seeing girls get punched in the crotch coupled with vag-centric turns of phrase? Heh. Neither do we, but shouts have to be given to this Tosh.0 clip, featuring CHI ladies Becky Garcia, Emily Dorezas, and Joselyn Hughes:

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--Kristy Mangel


The CHI Hip Tip

Illustration by: Andrew DeWitt

Stand-up comedian Cameron Esposito (Just for Laughs Chicago, Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, Leicester (UK) Comedy Festival, After Ellen, and current ringmaster for the Chicago-based El Circo Cheapo Cabaret), will be recording her first album, Grab Them Aghast, for Rooftop Comedy Records. Top local comic Adam Burke will host an evening featuring glasswalker Dizzy Lizzy Delicious, and music by Chris Condren. Tickets are $10; click to purchase. 9 p.m., TONIGHT and TOMORROW, Lincoln Lodge, 4008 N. Lincoln, Chicago.