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The CHI Hip Tip

Robert Buscemi | Photo by Sarah Hadley

Tonight, stand-up comedian and actor Robert Buscemi (Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, Snubfest, Andy Kaufman Awards), will be recording his album, Palpable, for Rooftop Comedy Records. Top local comic Adam Burke will host. Tickets are $10; click to purchase. 8 p.m., TONIGHT, Lincoln Lodge, 4008 N. Lincoln, Chicago.


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.


The CHI Hip Tip

Ricky Carmona | Photo: Cheryl Mann

Stand-up comedian Ricky Carmona will star in the fourth of the showcase series "Unlimited", designed to give Chicago Underground Comedy's strongest performers special 45 minute sets. Featuring Chad Briggs, Joe Fernandez and Carrie Callahan, with music by DJ Sadie Woods.

The theme of the show, in Carmona's words, is "Good Funkin' Times. If it was up to me I would get a time machine and go back to the Parliament Funkadelic Mothership Connection Tour. I would bring P-Funk back with me and the show would start with P-Funk climbing out of the stage and funk just being smacked in people's faces. It's a party and errrybody is invited."

9:30 p.m., TONIGHT, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago. FREE.


Chicago Checklist

The comedy video short contest "So You Think You Can Funny?" will be judged by a panel of Second City alum, including Fred Willard, Rachel Dratch, Jeff Garlin and Mick Napier. The top three winning shorts will receive a prize package centered around Second City's 50th anniversary celebration, including two VIP tickets to the Second City's 50th Anniversary Festival. Vote for your favorite comedic short now through November 27. (via)

Don't miss the Red Eye feature on comics Deon Cole, Erica Watson, and Hannibal Buress, who are "redefining the term 'black comic.'" (via)

And the Chicago Tribune asked a number of local improvisers, including Susan Messing, Emily Candini, Lyndsay Hailey, Jet Eveleth, and Natalie Sullivan, "Are funny women intimidating?" (via)

Yet another CHI expat on the ol' Letterman television program! How about it, Kumail Nanjiani, superstar in progress:

--Kristy Mangel


Halloween '09: The CHI Photo Wrap-Up

Chicago comedy Halloween festivities were in full force this year, with shows throughout the week and city celebrating all things costumed, candied, and curious.

Chicago Underground Comedy presented their annual free Halloween showcase, with performances by ten comics donning masks ranging from the ineffable Randy Watson, She-Hulk, an out-of-town demonologist, Vic Valentine, and a murderous taco.

Cameron Esposito as She-Hulk | Photo: Erin NekervisC.J. Sullivan as the out-of-town demonologist from Paranormal Activity | Photo: Erin Nekervis

Nick Vatterott as Taco Jason with host Adam Burke as Alabaster LeStrange | Photo: Erin NekervisRicky Carmona as Randy Watson | Photo: Erin Nekervis

Dan Polydoris as Vic Valentine | Erin NekervisA few nights later, the Riot Comedy girls busted out the Laffy Taffy and Sassy Tits (a specialty drink served only at Riot, and it's delissssh).

Renee Schultz, Liza Treyger, and Lauren Vino, Riot Comedy producers | Photo: Kate Knibbs

Chad Briggs as DK Ediger | Photo: Kate Knibbs

Liza Treyger | Photo: Kate Knibbs

The Edge Comedy Club celebrated on Halloween proper with their annual ZOMBEDY showcase, featuring undead comedians and survivors (for a limited time) roaming the stage, searching for laughs (and brains):

Kathryn Shear | Photo: Dave OddDaniel Wode | Photo: Dave OddDave Odd | Photo: Meredith KneeIt might have been the day after Halloween, but the Puterbaugh Sisterz didn't let that stop them from hosting Sunday's Entertaining Julia variety showcase as conjoined twins. They likely would have anyway, Halloween or no!

The Puterbaugh Sisterz | Photo: Elizabeth McQuernAnd finally, we spotted this uber-great photo of Kristen Studard and Jim Fath (as General Zod), taken at the Threadless Halloween Party.

Kristen Studard, Jim Fath | Photo: Craig Shimala

--Kristy Mangel


The Honey Shot

CHICAGO HONEY SHOT: The Puterbaugh Sisterz performing at Dr. Killbot's Variety Fiasco  | Photo: Kristy Mangel

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Lola Balatro Set to Rock Wrigleyville

The megafun trio Lola Balatro (Cork Kangas, Jeff Madden, Paul Thomas) is rocking Chicago's Wrigleyville this Friday, in celebration of their recent contest wins: best video at Seattle Sketchfest a couple of weeks ago, and best comedy video in the Film Skillet summer 2009 contest.

Begin your earworm today and acquire their debut album or some super fly free ringtones from their site. And to ready yourself for the storm that is Lola, view their award-winning video for Questionable Beef right now!

CHICAGO: See Lola Balatro perform 9 p.m., Friday, October 23, at the Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville. $5, three other bands scheduled to perform after Lola.

--Kristy Mangel


The Honey Shot

CHICAGO HONEY SHOT: Best Church of God performs a baptism-turned-wet t-shirt contest (L to R: Erica Elam (front), Aemilia Scott, Lindsay Goldapp, Trish Vignola) | Photo: Anthony Hoffman


  • Best Church of God at the Lakeshore Theater (3175 N. Broadway, Chicago), every Sunday at 1 pm, free admission, $10 suggested tithing. Through November 8.

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