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The Bastion Says Goodbye!

The Early Weekend Show January 22, 2009We promised ourselves we weren't going to cry...

Thanks for a wild and wonderful two years of blogging and Chicago comedy shenanigans.

This fanblog has been a labor of love and a marvelous experience but, gratefully, life has offered us so many exciting new opportunities that we can no longer spare the hours of work involved in keeping the Bastion up and running. (Related press release here.)

The two primary contributors to this site, editor Elizabeth McQuern, and writer Kristy Mangel, will continue to document their Chicago comedy adventures through writing, photos and videos at their personal blogs, and elsewhere online.

Thanks to all the friends we've made, and to our contributing writers and photographers, for all the laughs we've shared, and for this opportunity to develop our own creative skills. We will always appreciate our Big Poppa Nate at New York's Apiary for trusting us with the creation and nurturing of the Chicago branch of his comedy empire.

And a special message for those of you who been reading from the sidelines and thinking about doing comedy: DO IT. Take a class at Second City, iO, ComedySportz, or the Annoyance. Go to stand-up open mics. Go see sketch and improv shows. Read the AST board. Find each other. You need comedy, and comedy needs you.

Edit - 9-29-08 - A collection of the online tributes to the Bastion here. Special thanks to Time Out Chicago for including us in their Cultural Heroes issue with "Caching out: The Bastion leaves a legacy of indecision—and a model for action."

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