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Just for Laughs Chicago Wrap-up – Day Four

Chicago native and The Mo'Nique Show's Rodney Perry guests on Breakout Performers at Jokes & Notes, to uproarious approval

Friday night’s JFL activities were nearly threatened out of oblivion when a storm of Apocalyptic proportions doused the city in near-flash flooding and 70 MPH winds that evening. Even Chicago’s own Sears Willis Tower fell victim to the powerful storm, when several of its windows blew out and shattered to the city streets. A few out-of-towners even took note of the atmospheric insanity, namely Patton Oswalt and Chris Hardwick. The comedy show must go on, however, and all events went along as planned. I made it to the Southside relatively unscathed, to take in the first two of four JFL shows scheduled at Chicago’s preeminent urban club, Jokes & Notes.

Chicago remains a mostly segregated city, in population and in comedy, and it is a rare treat for North and Southside factions to visit each other’s rooms. In fact, this was my first visit to Jokes & Notes, and afterwards sat incredulous, wondering why it had taken me so long to make the commute to 47th Street. The audience’s energy level matched and sometimes surpassed the high energy of all of the performers, as folks hooted and hollered and danced to the hip-hop and funk tracks played between every set. Pure joy enveloped the large yet comfortable room, while winds and thunder and lightning continued into the night.

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