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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Double Feature returns!

Now that the Lincoln Lodge has found a new home in Subterranean, all of the many awesome shows that the Lodge houses and supports also have a new home! Double Feature, a really great show that features screenings of comedic short films with sets from local standups, is one of these shows!

DF producers Ian Abramson, Tim Barnes, Melody Kamali, and Marlena Rodriguez are back with a new video promo hyping the show's return on Wednesday, March 26th! Get your tickets here!

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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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Interview: Strongmen's Adam Cole, Jordan Haynes, Nate Varrone, & Charles Pettitt

Strongmen, a new highly physical sketch revue from Nate Varrone, Jordan Haynes, & Charles Pettit, premieres tonight at the Public House Theatre. The show's producers promise "hammerrs, guns, and spaghetti" on top of dumb, fast-paced sketch. I spoke with the three stars of Strongmen, as well as director Adam Cole, about the new show, which runs Fridays in March at 10pm at the Public House Theatre.

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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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Once in a Lifetime returns!!

One of my favorite comedy shows in Chicago, Once in a Lifetime, is back (full disclosure: I'm also a producer of the show, alongside the genius weirdos at Everything is Terrible)! The show features some of my favorite comedy people providing live commentary over a screening of Lifetime Original Movies, and has found a new home at Logan Square's Comfort Station (that little house right near the Centennial Monument in the heart of Logan Square!)!

Once in a Lifetime: Fifteen and Pregnant returns Friday, April 11th at 8pm, with goofs provided by professional spoofers Natalie JoseCandy Lawrence, and Katie McVay! The show's totally free and open to pregnant teens of all ages. Look below for a short, ridiculous clip of the excellent Kirsten Dunst vehicle to be screened and get stoked for next month!

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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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