Interview: Raw Nerve's Rebecca Krasny

Rebecca Krasny's new variety show, Raw Nerve, was created with a special focus on experimental improvisation, with the hopes to create the sort of experiential, you-had-to-be-there style moments that come from the most honest and exciting improv. Following last week's inaugural edition of the show, which runs Tuesday nights at The Mission Theatre at the new iO space, I spoke with Rebecca about the birth of the show and her growing interest in solo improvisation, which was, in part, the catalyst for Raw Nerve's creation.

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A chat between Movies: Live!'s Sarah Shockey and Conor Sullivan

Conor Sullivan and Sarah Shockey have teamed up for a series of live script readings called Movies: Live! w/ Conor & Sarah. Tomorrow, Saturday September 20th at 1pm at the new iO space, they'll be reading Conor's new screenplay Steal My Sunshine, and Sunday the 21st at 4pm at the Public House Theater, they'll be having a double feature of Sarah's Sand Castle and Conor's Calm Down Tanya.

In advance of this weekend's three readings, here's a conversation between Conor and Sarah about a whole bunch of things!

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Interview: Sean White

Chicago-based standup Sean White has been regarded as one of the best in town for a few years at this point, wringing out fresh, insightful material from such well-trod topics as death and divorce. Tomorrow night, Saturday September 20th, at 8pm and 10:30pm, at Timothy O'Tooles, Sean will record Dead & Gone, his first standup album.

I spoke with Sean about the process of preparing for the recording and what he plans to do after the album is in the bank. Tickets are almost sold out but can be purchased, for now, by clicking here.

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Another conversation between Stephanie Hasz and Andy Fleming of #lollaPALooza

Today, for the third time ever, I received in my mailbox an un-postmarked envelope containing a microcassette. I immediately recognized this as the handiwork of Andy Fleming & Stephanie Hasz, who have done this twice before. Frankly, it's a pain in the ass each time. I don't own a microcassette player and always have to borrow one from my wife's brother, Rod. Ugh. Rod. I hate that guy.

Anyway, what follows is a transcription of what I found on the tape: an apparent recording of a lost episode of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, featuring Hasz & Fleming as its guests. Enjoy?

[The WTF theme plays, then fades out as Marc Maron starts speaking.]

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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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