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Wednesday
Sep032008

Wednesday Afternoon Photo Post

From the BBX 100th Show, photos by The Beatbox:

BBX 100th Show- 5

BBX 100th Show- 7

BBX 100th Show- 2

Dan Polydoris at Blewtenanny, photo by Bryan Bowden.

Blewtenanny

Globe Pub open mic, pix by Bryan Bowden:

Globe Pub Open Mic

Globe Pub Open Mic

Globe Pub Open Mic

Globe Pub Open Mic

Globe Pub Open Mic

-Elizabeth McQuern

Tuesday
Sep022008

New Video Tuesday!

Click on over to see Becky Garcia and Brady Novak in a Channel 101 parody of MTV dating games, "Trippin or Stylin."

Jason Fever at Angel Busque's Farewell Show, 8-23-08 at the Lincoln Lodge:

Ricky Carmona at Angel Busque's Farewell Show, 8-23-08 at the Lincoln Lodge:

Scotty Got an Office Job Episode 12:

The Bonnie Hunt Show -- "Do You Know Me?"

The Bonnie Hunt Show -- "George Clooney"

Ask Jason Piazza: Acting!

The Opener (Jim Tews)- Respect My Genius:

"Leaked" MADtv Matt Braunger Video:

Edited to add: we got an email from Lincoln Lodge producer Mark Geary about these next clips, of him performing stand-up on his 40th birthday. Geary said: "What I'm really looking for is at least 10 comments on the clips saying 'U R soooooo gay!' by the end of the week so I can really be a part of the whole Youtube experience." So get to it!

(Part one)

(Part two)

-Elizabeth McQuern

Friday
Aug292008

Friday Free-For-All

Random internet fun: WolfenFlickr? Your Flickr pictures on the walls of a Wolfenstein game? Oh, yes. It is as fun as it sounds. Although it can be little weird to see your grandma eating corn on the cob at a family picnic...on a Nazi castle wall.

PhotobucketRoger Ebert didn't hesitate to call outgoing Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti a jerk, and we commend him. Mariotti took a trip to Beijing on his employer's dime, shortly after signing a new 3 year contract, made the brilliant realization that newspapers are dead and the future of news is on the internet (...don't newspapers have websites?), and promptly quit. Mariotti has long been understood to be a raging egoist, a critical crank who doesn't seem to have any love for his subject, and generally a clueless pain in the ass. White Sox response to his quitting: "it's about time." Readers of the Sun-Times response: "happiest day of my life, (etc). Ebert's summary: "...On your way out, don't let the door bang you on the ass." Sometimes calling an jerkass a jerkass just feels so right.

Gentle reminder: Are you going out to shows this weekend? Take your camera. Take pictures. Put them in the Bastion Flickr pool. We do a photo post every week and since we can't be everywhere, we would love to have more contributions from you. (Not to mention, make videos. And send us links. And, blog. We peek through your online rumblings and pull out the fun stuff. If your blog isn't listed on the right hand side of this page, email us the link, and we'll put it up.)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

-Elizabeth McQuern

Friday
Aug292008

More Chicago Comedy in New York: "Refugee Girls" at Fringe

PhotobucketJena Friedman's Refugee Girls musical parody is off to a good start in New York, having debuted at the New York Fringe Festival. The show got several strong reviews, who call the cast "fearless and funny women." Friedman's cast includes Lauren Van Kurin, Kate Lane, Teresa Spizzirri, Missi Davis, Fawzia Mirza, Marie Denny, Tiffany Puterbaugh (for the Lakeshore run), Ruth Gamble, Jasmine McNeeley, Cara Hawthorne, Lauren Maul, and Dave Hill.

Jena tells the Bastion: "I came up with the idea for Refugee Girls after reading a story in the Chicago Tribune on the backlash to the new American Girl doll, whose controversial 'backstory' (where she 'fled her dangerous neighborhood of Pilsen and moved to Downers Grove') offended the local Pilsen community... at the time I was writing for a political sketch show and decided to push that idea further. The show's initial run (June-Aug 2007) kind of functioned like a workshop, and in the second run, we brought on an outside director, Scott Illingworth, who helped focus the tone of the show. We also revised the show's ending and much of the choreography to further heighten that tone."

Getting a cast of 12 actors from Chicago to New York proved a challenge but all agree they had a great run at Fringe and Jena is hoping to find future stages for her show.

Thursday
Aug282008

Today in the Chicago Comedy Blogosphere

Apollo Studio Theater in ChicagoMike Stanley had a great time at his Lakeshore Theater stand-up album taping:

"The lights were so bright in the venue, so Joe and the crew could get crowd shots, I could literally see every single persons face. I remember at one point thinking "Oh sweet , There's Joe and Dean alright, There's Briggs and Frits Okay… There's Sturdy…There's Ape ,There's Chuck Roth…Holy Shit I can see every single person in the room right now…Don't bomb you sweaty headed tit!..."

and is still considering the album title possibilities:

"It will probably take a few months of post production before we see any solid results from the taping. I still need to name it. I'm thinking " the Stan in Black" or "Tid bits from a perv"."

Matt Braunger is settling into his new job in the cast of MADtv:

"I'm freaking out, man. Kind of. Gotta learn these lines, gotta try to act like the famous person I'm impersonating. There was a time a long time ago when I thought I was great at impressions. I also thought my English accent was great. I was also ten...So far so good at Mad TV. I've gotten two sketches into circulation and the stuff we've shot has been hilarious. It's a lot of work but definitely the most fun job I've ever had. Even more fun than when I used to rope clowns on the circus ranch. And that was amazing. Wild, free range clowns in all directions. The way they'd run when you'd come tearing out of the barn on horseback. Some of the full grown ones can somersault as fast as you or I can run. What an amazing summer."

Paul O'Toole has also been spending time in L.A., and his reward for landing his first showbiz writing gig? Surviving his first earthquake:

"I feel like a bona fide Angeleno. I survived an earthquake. When the building started shaking at 11:45 this morning, I was the first to jump up from the table and stand in the doorway. One of the other writers joined me quickly, but the rest of the room was too cool take precautionary measures. And yes, I was a little nervous when it hit. However, I’m a fan of the odds, and in the realm of catastrophe I rely on the odds to keep me calm. What are the odds the Big One hits while I’m in LA? Slim. What are the odds this particular quake even is the Big One? Also slim."

Team Submarine
wants to help their cousin put her new band together:

"Hey everyone - I’m posting this on behalf of my cousin Velour. She’s starting an all-girl punk band and is looking for members! They are called Savage Vag and they totally rock. You may have heard some of her previous bands, such as the popular mid-90’s all-girl ska band The Fallopian Tubas. And prior to that she played guitar in the folk duo Simon & Garfemale. There was also her experimental phase with Chumbawomba, but that’s all in the past. Now she’s turning over a new leaf with Savage Vag and is ready to rock. She just needs band members! SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY!"

-Elizabeth McQuern