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The Jukebox @ Union Hall - 10.3.11

Steve Jacobs and Steve Heisler are the infectious hosts of The Jukebox, an immensely fun comedic storytelling series punctuated with epic karaoke performances. 


--Dressed in personalized t-shirts from Steve Heisler's bar mitzvah, Steve and Steve kicked off the show with a lusty take on Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You." Each edition of The Jukebox has a theme, and this one's was The 90's, thus giving the whole evening a Mortified + songs kind of vibe.

--The Jukebox format goes like this: performer tells a story > performer sings song related to that story > audience either laughs, laughs and sings along, OR waits patiently for the performer to finish.

--Chipper Eugene Mirman Festival producer, Caroline Creaghead, picked apart her sad tween journal to tell a tale of unrequited puppy love, finishing with "Don't Speak." Does Caroline know Perfect Pitch? She simply must audition for the X-Factor. Not the TV show--the mutant superhero team because of her singing powers! 

--The show was supposed to feature Mike Doughty from the seminal '90s band Soul Coughing, but Doughty choked at the last minute citing a sudden illness OR WHATEVER.  It didn't matter because his replacement, Andy Ross, fucking slaughtered everyone with a slow-build story about the day he called upon his thoroughly terrified teenage crush to come on stage and sing the female part of "I'm Having the Time of My Life" at his middle school talent show. As he did back then, he sang to us BOTH parts of the song alone, going between a room-shaking baritone to the kind of falsetto last heard in the movie White Chicks

--The next edition of The Jukebox is 11/29. If you can't wait that long to watch people brilliantly nail and/or butcher your favorite songs live, Celebrity Duets makes its promising debut at Union Hall TOMORROW NIGHT. Or I guess you can go see Rock of Ages.  There's always that.


Comings / Goings: Michelle Collins to LA, Steve Heisler to NY

Everyone is coming and going! Look who's heading somewhere now.

GOING: Michelle Collins, the longtime editor of Best Week Ever, twittered several hours after the breaking the news on Facebook:

I'm moving to LA on Saturday. #seriously

Noooooo, why?? What will happen to BWE? What's in LA, really? Won't she stay and teach that Learning Annex class I've petitioned for? I asked Michelle for details and she gave me this EXCLUSIVE quote: "Stay tuned."

COMING: Steve Heisler comes to NYC from the land of Oprah where he served as comedy editor for Time Out Chicago, a contributor for The Onion AV Club, and a production associate of some sort on Just For Laughs Chicago. After unpacking his Super Scope 6, he then picked up his mobile Twitter device and typed:

Hey, so, I live in New York now. It just hit me. Stuff and things.

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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