So this weekend is a big one! The Steamroller is presenting two huge events, one recurring show that you're read about before, and one all-new one, that you've also read about before. Tonight (Friday, May 16th) at 11pm is the latest edition of Goofballs United, a hybrid sketch/improv/standup comedy show presented by The Steamroller and Upstairs Gallery at The Den Theatre in Wicker Park.Read More
Brian McGovern is a well-known Chicago based sketch and improv performer, praised for his work with groups like Pizza Party, Kill All Comedy, and the Other Other Guys. He's teamed up with Pitbull, a Grammy-nominated musician whose chart-topping hip-pop hits like "Bon Bon" and"Give Me Everything" are beloved worldwide, to present a new hourlong sketch showcase called Pitbull & I: A Comedy About Friendship on Thursday nights all month long here in Chicago.
I was lucky enough to speak with Brian and Pitbull about their partnership in advance of tonight's premiere at the Public House Theater at 8pm. I've been assured by Brian, as well as by Pitbull's publicist, that this show is 100% legitimate and not any kind of joke, but in fact all real.Read More
Claymore (creators of the wildly awesome Exquisite Corpse pilot you've read about on here before) and WiseSnatch (who DESTROYED at Goofballs United a few months ago, I've never seen improv like that) have teamed up for a run of shows at iO starting tomorrow night, Thursday, May 1st at 10:30pm.
In anticipation of this series of shows, they've put together an awesome one-take promo video that perfectly captures the silly/sinister vibe both groups pull off so well. I'm seriously in love with this thing.Read More
Performance Anxiety has a brand-new co-producer in Kevin Brody (who is rad). In light of that, and in light of the fact that we get a lot of questions from interested comedians and the occasional non-comedian, we thought we’d update the old Q&A that the wonderful Goodrich Gevaart had submitted.
Below are our own answers to some of the more common questions we get. Any other ones? Just ask us! We’re nice.
Dave Maher and Drennen Quinn are best friends. They are also the producers and hosts of a new stand-up showcase called Transmission, which starts this Saturday, April 26 at 7pm. The show takes place at Transistor, a Lakeview-based record/art/book/audio shop. Transmission is the result of Maher and Quinn's shared vision for a showcase in an alternative venue that sheds a spotlight on the variety of Chicago's up-and-coming comedians, from exciting current open mic-ers to established touring comics. Transmission is also a chance for Dave and Drennen to explore their combative onstage dynamic as co-hosts.
For those of you who do not yet know Dave or Drennen, what's up? What's your name? How do you spell that? Oh, sure. Like it sounds! Hey, check out this Cosmo-style quiz to get to know Dave and Drennen a little better.Read More
Upstairs Gallery and The Steamroller team up to bring a night of cross disciplinary comedy. Sketch. Standup. Improv. All that fun stuff. Join us!
We're very excited to host special guests Wham City Comedy!
"Fresh off their Adult Swim debut, celebrated arts collective Wham City is embarking on a month-long multi-media comedy tour of the East Coast and Midwest United States this April.
The Baltimore group’s tightest show yet, the Wham City Comedy Tour is a 75-minute multi-media performance featuring four alt-comedians offering up all original stand-up, videos, skits, and monologues."
Wham City Comedy *sketch*
The Puterbaugh Sisters *stand up*
UG House team Dead$$$ *improv*
TONIGHT (FRIDAY APRIL 18). 11PM. $7. THE DEN THEATRE. 1333 N. MILWAUKEE.
I spoke with Claymore Productions, the fellas behind the award-winning Exquisite Corpse sketch comedy pilot which finally (finally!) is available to the general public to watch at their leisure online. The pilot's so consistently funny and amazingly well-produced, it's no wonder Claymore took home a collective Best Actor award at the New York Television Festival last fall.
Check out the full pilot embedded below and then read the text of a nice chat I had with all four Claymore members about the production of the thing, as well as their NYTVF experiences and the exciting things to come!Read More
Steph Cook and the Kill All Comedy gang are back with a new pilot-length video sketch mixtape that showcases some familiar faces from the Steamroller and elsewhere around Chicago comedy scene. Highlights include a bathroom cleaning tutorial from our friend Annie Donley and Jeff Murdoch as a man helping a baby pick up babes at a nightclub.
The KAC collective continues to produce tons of bizarre, conceptual comedy, and these mixtapes are a great intro to the many styles and perspectives present in the group. Check out volume 4 below!