File this under "Tooting your own horn."
When I became the Comedy Talent Coordinator for the Congress Theater back in late September, I knew it was an incredible opportunity and I was also very mindful of the challenges that would arise in booking monthly Comedy shows at a venue that has only had a few Comedy shows in its history. The challenges that first came to mind were: Who are we going to get? Will Hollywood d-bag agents even talk to me? Will people come to the shows? And will I be fired after no one comes to the first show?
I'm happy to say that since our first monthly Comedy show back on 10/28, we have been getting some of the most talented and reputable comics in the country and our attendance of about 300 people at that first show, has steadily increased with every show, reaching nearly 600 people with our most recent Comedy night this past Thursday, December 9th.
Why the good fortune you ask? Well, for several reasons. First, the good people at the Congress Theater. If they didn't love Comedy and have faith in my vision for the types of shows I wanted us to put on, none of this would be possible. They work incredibly hard promoting the shows, then they set them up beautifully with the best lighting and seating arrangements I've ever seen at a Comedy show. Second, the help and support from good Chicagoans. We've had help promoting our shows not only from this wonderful website Chicagonow.com
, but also from such publications as Time Out Chicago
, and the website Maybehipcomedy.com
. Also, the Chicagoans who work hard all week and come to one of our shows to laugh it all off cannot be thanked enough.
So please come out and laugh with us as we continue to welcome some of the best stand up comics in the country.
Last Thursday, December 9th, nearly 600 people came to see the "New York Takeover" show with Big Apple comics Jon Fisch, Ted Alexandro, and Todd Barry. Those who stuck around after the stand up were treated to a live podcast taping of Jon Fisch's "In the Tank"
with all the comics who performed that night.
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Upcoming Comedy at the Congress shows:
Friday, Jan 7th - the "Classy Show" - Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm:
Come see classy comics Tyler Boeh (San Francisco and Seattle Comedy Competition Finalist), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central, E!, the Late Late Show) and Bil Dwyer (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Hot in Cleveland, the Tonight Show). TICKETS
Saturday, Jan 22nd - Jimmy Pardo's "Never Not Funny" Live podcast taping! - Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm:
The well known comedian brings his highly acclaimed podcast to the Windy City with the whole crew. Joining the live taping will be musical guest Daver, who will play the podcast's beloved theme song live, WGN radio's Garry Meier, and WGN Morning News personality and comedian Mike Toomey. You won't want to miss this! TICKETS
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