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Second City Prop Causes Bomb Scare in Old Town

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingChicagoist always finds the good stuff: "On Sunday morning, someone walking along North Park Avenue in Old Town noticed something suspicious. Sitting outside a trash container was a bunch of wood pieces, resembling broom sticks, taped together with electrical tape. The passerby, believing the object was a bomb, contacted the police office, who referred the incident to Bomb & Arson. The mysterious object turned out to be a discarded Second City theater prop."

Holy cow, that must have been a really EXPLOSIVE performance. Yuck yuck yuck. (Ohhh. That was bad.)


The Bastion Wants To Get Organized

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingWe at The Bastion are thinking it would be a good idea to host an easy, accessible calendar listing all of the comedy events being offered across the city. There is so much going on, and so much we want to see, but it's hard to keep track of all the crossover of "this troupe performs with that troupe, but only on Wednesdays, and then on Fridays they are at this theater," etc.

We're testing out a Google version that would let us add and edit entries and let all of you view it, and offer suggestions for inclusion. We know there are some tech-heads in our readership out there. Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations?


Eminem Defended From Chicago Comics By Fans Who Spell Poorly and Cuss a Lot

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Which popular Chicago stand-up comedian, Blerds staff writer, and one half of the Greatest Rap Duo Ever to Exist Ever, a.k.a. the Sugar Powdered Donuts, is getting death threats over at MySpace video? We don't really understand it, either. I mean, the man has a Kegerator, for gosh sake. Apparently, however, parody really is dead. Like yo ass gonna be!

(Bonus points for pop culture mavens who recognize that these particular fans are holding a shaky "Eminem can parody and mock Moby, Elvis, Dick Cheney, Saddam Hussein, various boy bands, and pretty much whoever else he wants, but no one else has that same right" stance.)

EDIT: The Bastion was just informed that Mike Holmes, a.k.a. the other half of the Greatest Rap Duo Ever to Exist Ever, a.k.a. the Sugar Powdered Donuts, has also been receiving threats. And these boys from Iowa thought filming on Chicago's Southside was tough! They haven't dealt with the tween contingency of MySpace yet.


Lebowski Mashups Make Us Laugh

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe Bastion has heard rumors that a local sketch troupe might be doing a staged reading of The Big Lebowski sometime in the near future. Sound like your kind of thing?

In the meantime, a collection of delightful Lebowski mashups on YouTube (NFSW, of course), including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rocko's Modern Life, Monsters, Inc., My Little Pony, and, our personal favorite, a zippy version with nothing but all the F-words that flew during the course of the movie that some consider John Goodman's most brilliant work.

-Elizabeth McQuern


Pitchfork Festival Will Feature the Funny

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingLots of people will be flocking to the Pitchfork Music Festival July 29th and 30th in Union Park for the, well, music.

But Chicago comedy fans are excited about the 28th's opening night party at the Metro, featuring some of The Apiary's favorite stand-up performers: Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, and Aziz Ansari.

Maybe, if we're lucky, Eugene will treat us to a few warbling ditties from the Marvelous Crooning Child, or will allow us a rare glimpse at the fabled humacorn. It could happen.

-Elizabeth McQuern