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Inside the Lincoln Lodge Wrap Party

On July 15, a who’s-who of Chicago stand-ups descended upon Lincoln Lodge co-founder Mark Geary’s backyard. The occasion: a sloppy meat-and-alcohol-filled celebration of the Lodge’s recently completed sixth season.

It was a scene reminiscent of the Fresh Prince video “Summertime,” only with a lot less dancing and an overabundance of white people. Early on, Lodge favorite Ken Bernard and perennial Lodge emcee, Bill Cruz, were spotted noshing on burgers whilst discussing the finer points of Robert Downey Jr.’s performance in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Moments later, popular Lodge “Man-On-The-Street” correspondent Tony Sam rallied the troops for a spirited session of bocce.

Meanwhile, one of the Lodge’s most requested acts, Kumail, worked off his meal by shooting some hoops. As the evening progressed, Mikes Holmes and Olson swished their Midwestern charm around while having a chit-chat over frosted beverages.

Lodge stalwart Sean Flannery, endearingly eccentric comic Robert Buscemi, and the sardonic laugh factory that is Allison Leber arrived just in time to take in a screening of the Found Footage Festival. Some of the more crowd-pleasing moments from the screening included footage of a glowing Corey Haim describing his ideal mate in a diary-like confessional and Traci Lords pushin her' her hammys to the limit in a workout video. Lodge co-founder Tom Lawler also made a late evening appearance exchanging “thank-yous” and “you’re-welcomes” with attendees.

Party report from Evan Clossin.
Photo by Reilly Lambert.


Don't Spit the Water to Host Comedy Benefit July 27

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDon't Spit the Water is heading for the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival and will be throwing themselves a little comedy show benefit to get there.

There will be a raffle with prizes including the ultimate goodie bag: the chance to hog the spotlight and perform in an upcoming show.

Be there for the "unplugged" performances of show regulars, including Robert Buscemi, Jared Logan, and Tony Sam. Show up at 7:30 on Thursday, July 27 at the Town Hall Pub at 3340 N. Halsted, or risk being spat upon.


Second City Podcasts

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingLongtime Second City musical director Ruby Streak has put together sixteen podcasts so far, which are yours to enjoy free online.

Streak invites special guests to sit down with her weekly to discuss "life, politics and other absurdities."

She has recently chatted with TJ Jagodowski about his teaching experiences at both Second City and I.O., and with Second City alum and MadTV performer Frank Caeti about life on the boob tube.


Colbert Prompts Florida Congressman To (Jokingly) Declare Love For Cocaine, Prostitutes on TV

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOkay, so maybe these pols don't have the whole "we're making fun of you and want to trick you into saying ridiculous things" down so well after all. The AP reported one hour ago that Rep. Robert Wexler was backed into a jokey corner by Stephen Colbert during a taping for the Colbert Report, and turned to the camera and said: ""I enjoy cocaine because it's a fun thing to do."

Not quite done smothering his own credibility and career, he continued: "I enjoy the company of prostitutes for the following reasons: because it's a fun thing to do. If you combine the two together, it's probably even more fun."

All we can say is "wow." Also, "The Bastion loves cocaine and prostitutes, too, but we're too smart to declare that in a public forum." Oops!


Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch Leaving SNL

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingSecond City and I.O. alumna Tina Fey has announced that after six seasons as head writer and anchor of Weekend Update, she will be leaving the show to focus her energy on 30 Rock, her new NBC prime time show, which stars Alec Baldwin and is about a late-night comedy show. Whatever will she draw on to make the show feel genuine? Maybe she'll hire some talented writers to help her fluff out the details of that world.

(Update: our Big Poppa in New York, The Apiary, is reporting that Rachel Dratch is also leaving the show, and that Studio 8H is experiencing a "core meltdown" as Lorne Michaels makes announcements that, though scouting for new talent, he plans to simply keep the cast smaller this season.)

-Elizabeth McQuern