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Monday Morning Photo Post

"Straight Owner With Gay Dog," taken during the colorful Pride Parade, by Emily Dorezas:Photobucket

Homey Loves Chachi at the Playground Theater, by Bryan Bowden:

Mustang Repair at the Playground Theater, by Bryan Bowden:

The Beat Kitchen's men's room after Chicago Underground Comedy, featuring a sign Adam Burke used to pay tribute to George Carlin, by Bryan Bowden:

Sarah King in the one-woman "Good Crazy/Bad Crazy," by Bryan Bowden:

Sarah King in the one-woman "Good Crazy/Bad Crazy," by Bryan Bowden:

Sarah King in the one-woman "Good Crazy/Bad Crazy," by Bryan Bowden:

As always, feel free to join the Bastion Flickr pool or email us pix here.


New Video Thursday

We'll be back after the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

Chicago Underground Comedy Highlights, June 24, 2008. Featuring former Saturday Night Live writer Michael McCarthy, Comedy Central star Jimmy Dore, and Jay Leno favorite John Roy, as well as ChuC cast members Dan Telfer, Hannibal Buress, Sean Flannery, Prescott Tolk, and Adam Burke:

Movie Bloopers, by Dan Polydoris:

June 25th, The Comedians You Should Know Show, featuring Hannibal Buress, Danny Kallas, Nick Vatterott, Ken Barnard, Mike Von, Nate Simmons:

Collars Up, "Baby Says":

Hannah Gansen at Big News at IO West

Paul Thomas' "Stupify," with Sean Flannery and Hannibal Buress:

Grandma June's Sewing Circle:


"Bags For Brice" Tournament on July 12

It has been almost a year since stand-up comedian Pat Brice passed away, and in honor of his memory, BCA Sports will be holding a beanbag tournament, benefiting Bridgeport Catholic Academy School and the sports program.


From the press release:
The BCA Sports committee will be holding a beanbag tournament, Bags for Brice, in honor of Patrick Brice. Pat was a dear friend to all who knew him. He lived everyday of his life to fullest and brought joy to those around him through his outgoing personality and his passion for stand up comedy.

Pat was a lifelong Bridgeport resident, as well as a graduate of Bridgeport Catholic Academy, Class of 92. During his time at BCA, Pat excelled at sports such as basketball and baseball. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Bridgeport Catholic Academy School and the Sports program. The tournament will take place July 12, 2008 from 11:00am-7:00pm, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 653 W. 37th Street, Chicago, IL. The tournament is open to adults 21 and older. Limited to the first 64 registered teams (first teams to pay). The cost is $40 per player or $80 per team, and a $20 donation for people not playing in the tournament. There will be cash prizes for 1st-3rd place finishers as well as a handmade set of beanbag boards for the 1st place team. Food will be provided, BYOB (cans only).

There are a variety of ways you can contribute to the Bags for Brice tournament. You can register to play or come out as a spectator and join in one of our many raffles throughout the day. We are also seeking donations that include, but are not limited to, bean bag sets (both boards and bags), gift certificates, food and beverage, merchandise and/or cash. The donations will be used or raffled off during the tournament. All sponsors will be listed in a brochure distributed at the tournament. For more information about the Bags for Brice tournament, please log on to


Monday Morning Photo Post

Chicago-gone-LA comedians, out and about in LA the day of the Dodgers Cubs game (pix by Josh Cheney):

Mike Holmes and Kyle Kinane:

Mike Burns and Mike Bridenstine:

Renee Gauthier, Becky Garcia, and Andrea Gauthier:

Josh Cheney:

Hannibal Buress opening for the final performance of Sarah King's "Good Crazy/Bad Crazy" (photos of Sarah to come), (pix by Bryan Bowden):

As always, feel free to join the Bastion Flickr pool or email us pix here.


Car Crashes Into Front Window at iO West

A tipster in LA alerted us to this: "When we got outside, there was a huge crowd of people at the front of iO. An SUV had smashed through the front window into the bar. What we gathered was that the driver fled but the passenger was still there. No one was hurt. Not one person, and this is a high-traffic pedestrian area. The bar was empty. Had it been a couple of hours later, there would have been a ton more people around."

Whoa! Glad no one was hurt. Also, let's hope this wasn't a targeted thing. Random acts of aggression against Chicago comedy? Watch yourself if you're hanging out in the area of Addison and Clark.