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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7 Tips for Hot Dogs Starting Out in Stand-Up by Joe Kwaczala

If you're one of the tens of people out there who call themselves "comedy blog fanatics," I'm sure you've thoroughly read these two recent entries, which are both stirring up a lot of conversation. There are salient points being made on each side (some rather controversial), but I can't ignore that one perspective is being completely ignored. So please indulge me, for I have my own list. Me!

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An apology

While I try to keep The Steamroller lighthearted and fun, once in a while something too big to ignore comes along, the sort of thing that will only continue hurting people if it isn't addressed. Today, we're going to do just that, via a statement and video apology from Joe Kwaczala, whose life has been recently darkened by such issues.

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Three questions for The Lincoln Lodge

The cast of The Lincoln Lodge ​heads north to Rogers Park for a special standup showcase at Mayne Stage tomorrow night (Wednesday March 27th). Tickets can be purchased by clicking here, be sure to use the code word LODGE when checking out for $5 off your order. In advance of the show, I sent over three questions to be answered by all nine Lodge members.

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The Late Live Show's Point of Reference by Joe Kwaczala

The Late Live Show's sixth and final season kicks off tomorrow (Saturday, March 23rd) at midnight at iO. I've been a fan of the show for as long as I've been going to comedy shows in Chicago and am sad to see them go (it's no mercy killing, either, the show's wrapping up because Joe Kwaczala, Late Live's host and co-creator is moving to Los Angeles this summer). I hope to catch as many of the eight shows they've got lined up between tomorrow and May 11th, and you should plan to do the same.

Joe's here now to take us behind the scenes to the Late Live Show's writers room, offering a glimpse into the cultural detritus that often sidetracks their writing processes. You can pick up tickets for any/all Late Live Shows here.

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EXCLUSIVE Late Live Show Sketchfest Teaser

Joe Kwaczala here. Since this is our first time doing the show on a Friday when people have work, The Late Live Show does not have the luxury of using the daytime to rehearse. I'm trying to make the best use of our time, so I sent out some direction to the cast via e-mail, along with this sad little diagram I made in MS Paint. So consider it a tantalizing look behind the scenes! Does this teaser get you all teased up and excited? What could it be for?!? Also, if anyone needs me to do any freelance MS Paint work, I am very busy right now, so please find someone else.

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