Open Mics, Fancy Pants Shows, and everything in between: A week in review.

Monday 18thShambles Open Mic. Mo Welch and Rasa Gierstikas run this rough and ready open mic on Division St. Usually this show is a lot of fun; this particular night the mostly comedian-filled audience was a little frosty. However, all it takes is a couple of smokin' hot bits from Adam Burke to thaw this crowd out, right? Actually not so much. I gamely tried a bunch of new material that tanked hard. Still, that's what open mics are for; they let you know if new stuff might work, and they kick you in the pants when you've got a whole bunch of nothing. 

Wednesday 20th: Wednesdays are busy for me; I host the Garret Ripley's (712 N. Clark) comedy showcase to an intimate crowd in the basement of this cool River North bar. Then I jet over to Cole's bar (2338 N. Milwaukee) to help Chilarious founder Cameron Esposito run our weekly open mic there. We usually get between 30-50 comics but still manage to keep it fun and high energy throughout (we also have an amazing cadre of diehard audience members who come back week after week). Between the two I get a lot of opportunity to hone my hosting chops, which is important for a newer comedian. 

Thursday 21st: Chicago comics get booked in just about any kind of space that can hold a mic and a speaker. Take for instance the show I did on Thursday, which was held in the party room of a high rise in River North. The shows are the brainchild of local promoter Andy Siegmann who books shows in a half dozen or so high rise buildings throughout various downtown neighborhoods. I asked Andy about his motives behind the show. "World domination," said Seigmann. But seriously folks: "We aim to provide a fun event for residents and a little marketing for each building." These shows can be a lot of fun, especially if crowd workers extraordinaire Marty DeRosa and Joe Kilgallon are also on the bill. 

Friday 22nd: Back at Cole's tonight to do a slot at a music show for my friend Roy Ivy. Doing comedy in between bands isn't always the easiest thing in the world so I was lucky that the crowd listened and even laughed during my set. 

Saturday 23rd: I got to pick up a nice hosting gig opening for the fantastic Brian Posehn at the  Lakeshore Theater. Adding to the sweetness of the situation was that the show also featured Mike Stanley and brilliant New York iconoclast Mr. Jamie Kilstein



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