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Friday
May142010

The CHI Hip Tip – This Weekend in the Windy

As the sun finally makes its way into the Midwestern sky, for the first time in what seems like forever and several decades, comedy beckons you to stumble out of the cave and see the light. Forgo this, the longest winter of your discontent, for it is indeed time to be jolly, once again. Here to help, here are some bonafide HOT TIPS for this weekend:

Aparna Nancherla | Photo by Q. LedbetterIn North Center, visit Chicago’s longest running independent room, the Lincoln Lodge, for their LAST show of Season 10. Apiary friend/general comedy superstar Aparna Nancherla from D.C. will be dropping in as a last minute surprise, while local killers Cameron Esposito, Eliot Rahal, and Sean Flannery, in addition to Chicago’s very own superstar Junior Stopka, round out the stand-up portion of the evening. Cheeky, multi-instrumented rockers The Band of 1000 Names and poet auteur Joel Chmara close out this raucous night of comedy in multiple forms. Snag yourself a seat at Resi’s Bierstube directly afterward to schmooze and booze with the comedy celebs.

TONIGHT @  9:00PM. 4008 N. Lincoln Ave. (between Cuyler Ave. & Damen Ave.), Inside the Lincoln Restaurant, Chicago.

Rasa Gierstikas and Mo Welch | Photo by Jason ThomasAnd across town in Humboldt Park, local nutto Mo Welch welcomes a bevy of performers to her monthly fiesta of sketch, stand-up, music, poems, wigs, costumes, and sofas. Tonight the Mo Show will feature Jet Eveleth, Ken Barnard, Subhah Agarwal, Crockett, Puterbaugh Sisters, Tia Ayers, Ricky Carmona, and Lyndsay Hailey. Add to the fact that this quaint little theater space is BYOB, and you’ve just figured out your entire Friday night/Saturday morning. Also featured: homemade chocolate chip cookies from Mo’s ma, and birthday celebrations for Ricky Carmona. Comedy birthdays never go unpunished ‘round these parts; it’s sure to be an all-night party down get out.

TONIGHT @  9:30PM. Reversible Eye Gallery, 1103 N. California Ave. (between Haddon Ave. & Thomas St.), Chicago.

Kristen Studard | Photo by Paul OctaviousFinish your comedy weekend in Chicago’s historic Uptown neighborhood at the cozy, legendary Annoyance Theater Sunday night, for the acclaimed and nonsensical Kristen Studard’s first ever solo show, “Small Victories”. She will reprise her role as a concupiscent bumblebee, for which she won instant infamy and the title of Impress These Apes Champion, second season, in addition to myriad other characters and flights of fancy. Studard is quoted as saying she hopes to get a multi-million dollar fertilizer endorsement deal from this show; come out to say you saw her when

Sundays @ 9:30PM, through June 13, 2010. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 4830 N. Broadway (just north of Lawrence Ave.), Chicago.

--Kristy Mangel

Thursday
Dec102009

New Wave Entertainment Visits the Lincoln Lodge

The Chicago stand-up comedy community has been a-flutter for the last week or so, due to the recent news that New Wave Entertainment (NWE) requested a SPECIAL SHOWCASE of Chicago's best up-and-coming talent, after reading the recent Comedy.com article highlighting the very same. NWE requested Lincoln Lodge producer Mark Geary provide the venue for the industry showcases, and will kick things off TONIGHT at 9 p.m., to continue FRIDAY NIGHT with two shows, the first at 7 p.m. and the second at 9 p.m. The MASSIVE LINE-UPS are as follows:

Thursday: THE PUTERBAUGH SISTERS, MIKE STANLEY, JOHNNY BEEHNER, CAMERON ESPOSITO, LIL REL, SEAN FLANNERY, DAN POLYDORIS, MIKE PALASCAK, DIVISION AND HONORE, JOE KILGALLON, JOE FERNANDEZ, MARTY DEROSA and RAY LIPOWSKI, host STEVE O. HARVEY.

Friday (7 p.m.): BETH STELLING, C.J. TOLEDANO, KEN BARNARD, CHAD BRIGGS, C.J. SULLIVAN, SASHA AND THE NOOB, DANNY KALLAS, DAN TELFER, MIKE SHEEHAN, BRIAN BABYLON, PAUL THOMAS and BILL CRUZ, host CARRIE CALLAHAN.

Friday (9 p.m.): ELIOT RAHAL, MONTE, PRESCOTT TOLK, ADAM BURKE, RICKY CARMONA, BRENDAN MCGOWAN, JUNIOR STOPKA, JAMES FRITZ, CHASTITY WASHINGTON, DREW MICHAEL and JOE KWACZALA, host ETHAN PELDO.

What does it mean that this giant entertainment industry front-runner is making a trek into the balmy 13 degree winds of Chicago, specifically to see our stand-up comedy scene? Time will tell, but we are hoping it means the world will soon be privy to what we've known about CHI stand-up talent for many years: it's raucous, it's hard-working and dedicated, it's unusual and quirky and multifaceted in voice and character, and it's a beloved art form.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. The Lincoln Lodge is located at 4008 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

--Kristy Mangel

Tuesday
Sep292009

Brent Weinbach Opens 10th Season of Chicago's Lincoln Lodge

Photo: Seth OlenickThe Lincoln Lodge, Chicago’s longest running stand-up and variety showcase, begins its 10th season this Thursday, October 1. To kick off the season, they will be welcoming alt king Brent Weinbach, performing Thursday. A few CHI comics interrogated Weinbach in anticipation for his visit to the ol’ pancake house.

CHI expat and current Saturday Night Live writer Hannibal Buress would like you to name your three least favorite Mongolian people, and also wonders: "Camel milk or llama milk?"

BW: My three least favorite Mongolians are Paris Hilton because she's a bad role model for young girls, this guy named Larry because he's really sleazy trying to hit on me every Thursday at Gold's Gym, and Ike from What's Love Got To Do With It because he's the main villain in that movie. You don't think these people are Mongolian? They are indeed Mongolian. We are all Mongolian, deep down inside. Also, I pick camel milk, because I like the way camels look. They seem like good ol' boys. I want to drink the milk of a good ol' boy.

Stand-up comic Adam Burke, also performing at the Lincoln Lodge Thursday, wants to know your thoughts on the following: "Brent, you're the recipient of an Andy Kaufman award. Wouldn't it have been more Kaufmanesque if Andy Kaufman had won it?"

BW: Perhaps Andy Kaufman did win the award. Perhaps he faked his death and Brent Weinbach is another one of his characters. I'm not going to say for sure, because I don't want to give anything away. But more likely, R. Kelly is actually Andy Kaufman. R. Kelly is so funny and hilarious. Andy Kaufman faked his death and created the character R. Kelly for comedic purposes.

Stand-up comic, screenwriter, and co-producer of Chicago Underground Comedy Dan Telfer presents to you the following scenario: "If the United Nations sent a limo to your house, took you to a remote location blindfolded, sat you down, and asked you if you would go on a secret mission to fuck the moon... like, use its surface as frictional material to achieve climax.... would you accept? For America?"

BW: If I had sex with the moon, would I still be considered a virgin? Also, what if the moon has germs? What if the moon gave me a disease and my penis turned into cheese and it had holes in it and a mouse was going to bite it off? Once, I had a dream that this circus guy showed an audience a cute little mouse getting a boner and ejaculating. The semen got all over the mouse and turned it into a mutated rat. It was a wet dream. I was the mouse. These are the kinds of dreams that virgins who don't masturbate have.

Lincoln Lodge cast member Paul Sigwerth would like to compare notes on the following: "How many Pee Wee Herman impressions does it take to empty a room in Dubuque, Iowa?"

BW: When I was younger, I thought Pee Wee Herman was corny and I didn't watch Pee Wee's Playhouse. But when I got older, I watched Pee Wee's Big Adventure and I really liked it and now I want to see Pee Wee's Playhouse because I think I might like it at this stage in my life. I never thought Pee Wee Herman was gay, but recently, my friend kept telling me he was gay, and I saw this interview with Pee Wee live, and now I think that maybe he's gay.

And finally, stand-up comic and Blewt! member Bryan Bowden is curious, "Which of the following are you too sexy for: shirt, Milan, car, hat, or love?"

BW: I'm not too sexy for Milan, but I am too sexy for Disney's Mulan. In fact, I've been too sexy for anything that came out after Aladdin. But my favorite Disney animated film, that is, the one I'm the most not sexy for, is Pinocchio. I really identify with Pinocchio because it's about going through puberty and horrors of a changing body. Also, once, I saw this older Filipino woman wearing a shirt that read, "I'm too sexy for this shirt. Not!"

Brent Weinbach headlines The Lincoln Lodge, 4008 N. Lincoln, Chicago, on Thursday, October 1, 9 p.m. Natasha Leggero (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately) headlines Friday, October 2, 9 p.m. Tickets $13 at the door or online. Reservations highly recommended.

--Kristy Mangel