This month, HIJINKS is doing the Crucible (yes, THE Crucible). It seemed like a lofty task at first, seeing how The Crucible has already been perfected by High Schoolers across the globe. While HIJINKS wanted to put their own unique spin on it, they still wanted to do the play and the man behind the play justice. After a little bit of research, they stumbled upon Arthur Miller’s (yes, THE Arthur Miller’s) Twitter account. But how could they be sure it was really him?Read More
80% of the cast of Two Bunnies Eating Flowers and Sovereign's monthly comedy show HIJINKS at the Public House Theatre has taken a young Comedy Studies ingenue under their wings, with the hopes to shape her into a top-notch performer. Through 3 rounds of comedy competitions tomorrow night, Saturday March 1st, at the PHT at 8pm, we'll find out if Olivia Medoff is funnier than Sovereign's own Clayton Margeson.
Jude from Two Bunnies was nice enough to give a breakdown of tomorrow's event, giving an exclusive glimpse behind the curtain before showtime to Steamroller readers. Check it out below!Read More
My favorite part of doing this website is getting to spotlight the work being done by the most talented people in the hugely exciting and talented Chicago comedy community. I reached out to a bunch of these people and other friends of The Steamroller to share their top five favorite people, places, and things from Chicago comedy 2013. Check out a huge list of top fives, as well as my personal list, below!
Favorite thing: The Late Live Show
This shouldn't be a shock to anyone familiar with The Steamroller. The Late Live Show was the best comedy show of any kind in Chicago, and now it lives in L.A., where Real Actual Famous People are guests (like Mad Men's Rich Sommer and Freaks and Geeks' Samm Levine). The final run of shows earlier this year at iO were some of the funniest, most well-executed nights of comedy I've ever seen; it was so exciting to see a collective with such a strong, specific comedic voice come into their own in front of packed houses week after week. They're coming back next month for a handful of shows at iO and SketchFest, and I couldn't be more excited.
Favorite festival: A Jangleheart Circus
I can't believe how perfect A Jangleheart Circus was. On paper, a three day festival of improv and sketch from over 100 (mostly local) independent teams and performers might sound well intentioned but ultimately unrealistic. In real life, it was electrifying proof of the power of Chicago's underground improv comedy scene. Endless congratulations are due to the festivals' organizers, Alex, Walt, and Caitlin, the folks responsible for making the Upstairs Gallery the palace of comedy it is. Jangleheart packed an unbelievable number of friendly, clued-in comedy people (performers and fans alike) into one venue, filling out shows on three separate stages, distilling everything that's cool and energizing about SketchFest into one no bullshit Summer weekend.
Favorite one-off/concept show: Henry Soapfloats' Funeral/HIJINKS November (tie)
I've written a whole bunch about both Hijinks (the monthly show produced by Two Bunnies Eating Flowers and Sovereign at the Public House Theater) and Henry Soapfloats' funeral (organized by local standup Ian Abramson) on here, so, again, this should come as no surprise. Ian Abramson's Funeral For A Prop Comic was a delightfully absurd, fully realized vision put on in a death trap of a basement, featuring some of the funniest, strangest up-and-coming standups in the city flexing their solo sketch muscles.
I posted a breathless wrapup of The HIJINKS Trolley Show earlier this month, and want to reiterate one last time that it was one of the most delightful things I'd ever seen, made all the more special considering of the pitch-black darkness the two teams behind HIJINKS are generally known for. It felt like one of those shows that, in 15 years, 300 people will talk about as if they were there. They weren't.
Favorite internet thing: Garfbert
Yes Yes Garfbert Yes!
Favorite audience member: Fard Muhammad/Katie McVay (tie)
Fard and Katie are two of the biggest assets to any audience in Chicago. The effect of Fard's tremendous, purely delighted laugh, which can be heard soundtracking most, if not all footage from the Late Live Show (normally punctuated by Andrew Smreker's shrieks of joy), is amplified tenfold by his unwavering proclivity for grabbing a seat in the (normally vacant) front row at every comedy show.
It goes without saying that Katie's one of my favorite comics working in Chicago right now, with perspective that perfectly vacillates between crippling self-consciousness and a total lack thereof. As an audience member, she's often struck by fits of boisterous laughter so ridiculous and sincere, that fellow audience members are enabled to comfortably indulge in their own unhinged enjoyment, which is an incredible thing to watch happen.
First Annual Steamroller Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award: The Lincoln Lodge
Had the window for best of submissions not closed a few days before it was announced that The Lincoln Restaurant was closing and thus The Lincoln Lodge was suddenly cast out into the void, in search of a new home base, most of the lists below would look a lot different.
I'm working on a longer thing about The Lodge's enduring influence and continued greatness, but for now, I'm going to have to speak for all those on this list and beyond: The Lincoln Lodge was (and is, it's not dead) an incredibly important, reliably awesome home for weird, interesting comedy in Chicago throughout the 21st century. Lodge Papa Mark Geary, along with his myriad cast members, worked to create something wholly unique and good. I'm confident that they will find a new home and continue to support and create great comedy well into the future.Read More
The November edition of Two Bunnies Eating Flowers and Sovereign's monthly show HIJINKS, was one of the most special, rewarding shows I'd had the pleasure of seeing in a long time. Following through on the huge ambitions displayed during their past independently produced sketch shows, the show was a total delight.Read More
To get everyone excited for Two Bunnies Eating Flowers and Sovereign's monthly show HIJINKS tomorrow night check out a gallery of photos from last month's show, taken by Dan Shar. Keep an eye out for audience cameos from Pizza Party's Brian McGovern and Alex Honnet, two of the most expressive audience members ever documented on film.
Tomorrow's show happens to be the final one of 2013 and promises to be very special, I have minimal information beyond the fact that capacity has been limited to 30 people and that the Facebook event specifically says that "you should come to this one." The show is tomorrow, Saturday, November 23rd, at 11pm at the Public House Theatre and tickets are on sale now!Read More
In anticipation of tomorrow night's installment of their collaborative monthly sketch show Hijinks, Sovereign (Clayton Margeson and Mike Klasek) and Two Bunnies Eating Flowers (Alex Hanpeter, Kyle Reinhard, and Jude Tedmori) have sent over some multimedia samples from the last show.
Check out the three track soundtrack from last month's inaugural show, featuring cover versions of three popular songs ("Semi-Charmed Life," "Earth Angel," and "Don't Speak"), which Jude from Two Bunnies explains: "we thought it would be funny if instead of using the original songs, we would re-record the songs by ourselves and then use those instead." Also, check out a handful of pictures shot by Dan Shar documenting the nudity, danger, and crossdressing!
See you tomorrow night at 11pm at the Public House Theater for Hijinks presents Space!
Here's the next short from the ongoing series of clips that will be running on The Steamroller this week in advance of The S.O.B. Show, a special, one-night-only engagement at The Playground this Friday, June 14th at 10pm. The lineup features some of the most boundary-pushing and fearless sketch performers going, including Sovereign (Mike Klasek and Clayton Margeson), Anthony Oberbeck, and Two Bunnies Eating Flowers (Alex Hanpeter, Kyle Reinhard, and Jude Tedmori).This clip features Mike from Sovereign riding on the hood of a car. Read More
Here's the next short from the ongoing series of clips that will be running on The Steamroller this week in advance of The S.O.B. Show, a special, one-night-only engagement at The Playground this Friday, June 14th at 10pm. The lineup features some of the most boundary-pushing and fearless sketch performers going, including Sovereign (Mike Klasek and Clayton Margeson), Anthony Oberbeck, and Two Bunnies Eating Flowers (Alex Hanpeter, Kyle Reinhard, and Jude Tedmori).
This clip features Jude from Two Bunnies Eating Flowers getting 40 Year Old Virgined.