Interview: Nate Varrone

Smart, nerd-friendly comedy is all the rage these days, and with that in mind, Chicago-based comedian and improvisor Nate Varrone crafted a new solo sketch show entitled Nate Varrone: Elite Intellectuel Comedian, premiereing tonight, Thursday, September 11th at CIC Theater. The show runs Thursdays through October 2nd and features exclusively smart, serious comedy that isn't silly.

In anticipation of tonight's premiere, I spoke with Nate about his background as a performer and about the creation of this new show.

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Musings on Being in a Comedy Band for Five Years by Sarah Shockey

After five years in the game, my favorite comedy band in Chicago, Shock T's will be dissolving in October. Sarah Shockey from Shock T's put together these thoughts about the band's time together.

First, I should say that I expected Shock T’s to last forever. There’s not much room inside me for pessimism, so when we agreed to keep doing indefinite shows after our second one, I dove in about as hard and flailing as I dive in real life.

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Local ‘Boy’ Done Good

Richard Scooperman’s ‘Little Boys Room’ lands him Chicago Gig

By Roger Prepp

Grand Forks, ND- Richard Scooperman, a slim, sandy haired 21-year-old, double checks the contents of his baggage. “One carton of Camel blues, twenty loose bottles of Dos Equis, all this sweet merch….” He flips through a stack of t-shirts while his friend Lenny McNamara strums an improvised melody on an acoustic guitar. We’re in the break room of the downtown Panera Bread, where Scooperman has just clocked out of his shift as an assistant manager. He flips through a dog-eared copy of Vonnegut’s Mother Night and tosses it into his luggage before zipping it all up.

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My Spotify Playlist by Ian Abramson

Do you ever have days where you’re just stressed and overwhelmed? I certainly do.

Some days I just feel stressed and overwhelmed. I don’t always know how to solve my problems, but what clears my head is a great playlist on Spotify. The right song leading into another can really make me feel like I’m not on the verge of bankruptcy. Financially, or morally!

On those days where I just can’t even, here is my go to list of songs:

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Weirdos Exposed: Tonight, One Night Only Until It Happens Again In A Few Weeks

The Upstairs Gallery is closing. We're all aware of that and it sucks and is crappy but also I'm glad they've got the foresight to go out on top. In this, their last few weeks of doing shows, they've begun putting up shows every night of the week, and were nice enough to give me a spot to book some folks I like.

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Watch The Shock T's new pilot online now!

The Shock T's, widely regarded as Chicago's best comedy band are among the myriad Chicago-based performers to have shot a pilot over the last year with the hopes of getting selected for the New York Television Festival. It stars the Shock T's, Sarah Shockey, Tim Dunn, and Tyler Patterson, with support from various friends of The Steamroller, including Ian Abramson, Chandler Goodman, Morgan Lord, and Rick Joyce, and was directed by Shawn Bowers. Watch the whole dang thing below!

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