Archive for October, 2007

The Soung of Young America

The Sound of Young America

Jesse Thorn’s The Sound of Young America — “a public radio show about things that are awesome” — will tape a show tonight on the Second City e.t.c stage (1608 N Wells) at 8 pm. Admission to the taping is free.

The show will feature an in-depth interview with Steve Albini (maybe they will talk poker?) and comedy from Hannibal
Buress (newly crowned the Funniest Person in Chicago), Schadenfreude, Team Submarine and the Second City themselves.

If you’d like to see the tables turned on “America’s Radio Sweetheart”, there’s a two part interview OF Thorn on The Merlin Show: Part 1, Part 2.

What We Do

What We Do

We Pay for Ass

(The Peoples’ Banc of Arlington Heights)

What We Do and Don’t Do

What We Do and Don't Do

We Don’t Serve Teens… We Buy Ugly Houses

(Lawrence Ave at I-90)

3rd Funniest Person in Chicago

Well, at least according to this one magazine, Metroblogging Chicago’s Dan Telfer (me), is 3rd funniest in town.

Last night I competed in Time Out Chicago’s Funniest Person finals, and am pleased to say I knocked out a 3rd place despite some of the stiffest competition possible. I could go on about how humbling it was to be around them, but I already have in my personal blog and I don’t believe in cross-posting nonsense.

Local Gal Makes Good

Local rapper Kid Sister, aka Melissa Young has been packing them in at various spots around Chicago, many times playing with her brother who is one-half of the DJ group Flosstradamus. The 27 year-old’s “Pro Nails” has been making the rounds at clubs and elsewhere. The song features a few lines from Chicago’s most popular rap star Kanye West, who also took some time out to join in the video shoot.

Dangerous Day

Sunday proved to be a very dangerous day on the streets and expressway. A mother and two children were struck and killed by a car in Humboldt Park. On the Eisenhower Expressway a man was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes. He collided head on with a car that exploded killing the four in that car plus himself.

Off the Eatin’ Path with Monte

Last night Erica and I caught the Lincoln Lodge show at the Lincoln Restaurant (4008 N Lincoln). The first half of the show featured stand-up comedy — last night Rebecca Rine-Stone and Sean Flannery were both delightful story-joke tellers and Mike Burns and 80’s Clown both did “edgier” alternative comedy material. The second half of the show is reserved for a “variety” act and last night that act was one of the most original and hilarious variety acts I’ve seen.

Off the Eatin’ Path with Monte features Monte, a long-time fixture on the improv and comedy scene in Chicago, doing restaurant reviews of cheap-but-good eats around Chicago (and now around the country). He narrates the reviews accompanied by a slide show of the restaurants and food in question and flip-book-style, self-portrait animations of himself eating the food. His reviews are hilarious and his enthusiasm for the topic is contagious. And Monte doesn’t want seeing all that food to be “like being at a strip club where you can’t touch the girls” so he ends the set with an actual sample of some of the food he reviewed. Last night, as the lights came up at the show we were all served mushroom-barley soup from Tina’s Hot Dog Place (2415 W Montrose).

Monte will definitely be at the Lincoln Lodge show again tonight, and hopefully soon again in the future.

Photo of the Week

“Made to Feel Powerless”
Photo by Erin Nekervis



Bum Joke

James Finn Garner (Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, etc.) shares with us the latest witicism of Chicago’s urban gentlemen.

(via communicatrix)

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