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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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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5 Solo Shows to see Tonight!

It's no secret that Chicago's a hotbed for up-and-coming solo sketch performers: on any given night you'll find several comedians taking the stage at various venues across town, offering up an hour or so of this performance style that blends storytelling, sketch, and standup.

Tonight (Wednesday, July 23rd) is one such night, with several equally intriguing concepts being presented by some of the city's most interesting and creative minds. We've narrowed down our top 5 picks to catch, the rest is up to you!

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The Steamkend approaches!

This weekend, The Steamroller is presenting a pair of very exciting events: A semi-formal fundraiser for The Comedy Exposition and A Jangleheart Circus at Goofballs United on Friday, and the second and final (for a while) edition of Seven Minutes in Purgatory, a science experiment of a comedy show hosted by Ian Abramson.

This confluence of two extremely high quality comedy shows in one weekend will be known from now on as The first annual STEAMKEND.

More info on both shows below!

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