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I, Podcast: Adventures in Internet Radio.

Increasingly these days, comedians are using the world of podcasts as a way to promulgate their own particular brand of hilarity. I've never met a bandwagon I didn't like, and thus have been fervently trying to join them. Especially this week...

Monday, January 25th: I was delighted to be a part of the You, Me, Them, Everybody live podcast taping (you can listen to the probably NSFW show here) at the Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont). The show is the brainchild of Brandon Wetherbee, who envisions the show as a sort of maverick Fresh Air. Most editions of the show are recorded in Wetherbee's Ukranian Village apartment, but he has recently taken to recording a monthly extravaganza within the Brain's appropriately louche surroundings. This particular show was a doozy; Wetherbee's a naturally witty and engaging interlocutor, and was ably assisted by co-host Esmerelda Leon. Music was provided by the preternaturally gifted banjo player Al Scorch, and the show also featured a conversation with journalist and ex-Letterman warm-up girl (!) Jacqui Ryan. YMTE presents shows at the Hungry Brain every Monday, and you should make a point of checking them out.

Friday, January 29th: I'll be appearing as part of my semi-regular stint as guest co-host on Red Bar Radio. Not for the faint of heart, this raucous podcast features local comedians trying to make sense of the outrageous and hilarious ramblings of show-founder and main host Mike David (the show's motto is "We make fun of everybody," so again, probably NSFW). It's a lot of fun to do and a good way for local comics to get out of their comfort zone and be recorded saying something they will ultimately regret. Boasting a following of more than 20,000 listeners, David and cohort Kyle Lane have been encouraged to expand their grasp beyond the world of podcasts; which brings us to:

Saturday, January 30th: RedBar Comedy Club. I'll be serving as host/MC/compere/chief yuk-monkey at this new downtown comedy club, located within the Ontourage nightclub (157 W. Ontario). Now in its third week, the show seeks to correct a perceived dearth of comedy options in the city's key tourism district. Hopefully the packed crowds seen over the last two weeks will continue tomorrow; the show will feature Elmwood Park superstar Danny Kallas and the curmudgeonly brilliance of C.J. Sullivan.

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