Two Bunnies Eating Flowers, Sovereign, & @TheArthurMiller

This month, HIJINKS is doing the Crucible (yes, THE Crucible). It seemed like a lofty task at first, seeing how The Crucible has already been perfected by High Schoolers across the globe. While HIJINKS wanted to put their own unique spin on it, they still wanted to do the play and the man behind the play justice. After a little bit of research, they stumbled upon Arthur Miller’s (yes, THE Arthur Miller’s) Twitter account. But how could they be sure it was really him?

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Comedians in Cars Getting Weird About Race Stuff by Sean Rose

Most of us, by now, have seen this clip from an interview Jerry Seinfeld did with Buzzfeed Brews. If you haven't, a quick synopsis: the interviewer mentioned that on Jerry's show Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, most of the guests were white men. Before he could finish this question, Jerry got a little agitated - clearly, a nerve was hit - and eventually said the following:

"People think it's the census or something … who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You're funny — I'm interested. You're not funny — I'm not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that, but everyone else is kind of with their little calculating – 'Is this the exact right mix?' – to me, it's anti-comedy, it's more about PC nonsense than 'Are you making us laugh or not?'"

This turned into a thing. GawkerSplitsider, and a few other places picked up on it. And, eventually, lots of my friends involved in comedy got wind of it and started posting about it. It sparked a bit of a debate, with a bunch of mixed perspectives, but one side of the debate seemed to be prevalent: that this interviewer was out of line for even bringing up race, that Jerry's comments were 100% valid, and that expecting Comedians Getting Cars to have a 'diverse' set of guests is ridiculous. I might have caught a Martin Luther King quote here, an affirmative action mention there. But the overall verdict, from almost every comedian friend I know: Jerry is right. Totally right.

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5 Life Lessons from Bubble Boys' Sven and Henry

Last year, I spoke with the creators of Bubble Boys, an improvised old-timey radio show podcast following the misadventures of two best friends and inventors, all about the inspiration behind the show's first season. 

Earlier this year, the Bubble Boys returned to the airwaves for a second series, ten years after their release from prison, as World War II rages on. Sven and Henry's myriad real world experiences has afforded them tons of wisdom, which they have been kind enough to share with Steamroller readers. 

You can (and should!) subscribe to the podcast here, it's very funny and features many familiar voices from the Chicago sketch & improv scenes!

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Tommy Mac presents: Mac's Menswear

Trying to figure out the look to turn your spring fling into a sure thing? Thinking of a shirt to impress your distant parents? Wondering how you’re going to dazzle at the big office dance? You sir, are in for a treat.

Hot off NYFW (New York Fashion Week for the sartorially challenged), I am pleased to announce that I will be the purveyor of The Steamroller’s men’s fashion column.

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A talk between John Eisenrich & Christina Boucher

John Eisenrich and Christina Boucher, former Late Live Show writers and BEST FRIENDS, are working on new sketch shows. The Nice to Meet You Show and Virgin Daiquiri Presents: Lean Back are paired together for a run on Saturday nights at iO starting tomorrow night!

These two recently sat down for a chat about their new shows. Check it out, and then buy your tickets for this damn thing, both casts are stacked as heck and it's gonna be so good!

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Why We Do What We Do by Sarah Shockey

I'm writing this from an office chair of disappointment. Surely, if I were really successful, I wouldn't be getting paid hourly to be a temp who I'm pretty sure my bosses forget about two or three times a week. I work tirelessly in the evening hours to pursue a dream. The dream started huge and vague, and over the years has been chiseled into something a bit clearer, but no less huge. I remember sitting on the swings when I was about six, pretending to answer interview questions amid flashing bulbs and screaming crowds. 

"Sarah, did you have any idea as a child that you would ever become THIS famous?" I would humbly shake my head, "No, I really didn't. I just worked hard, and-" 

But here is where my fantasy got stuck in a Catch-22. I did think, exactly in that moment, that I would be that famous. And so by imagining that scenario, I forever darkened my chances of humbly smiling into the camera and saying I never expected this much of a reward. I did. I still do. But there are days where it's much much harder than others. 

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