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.

1 Comment so far

  1. gavin (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    i saw monte at the abbie hoffman died for our sins festival at mary-arrchie this summer, and my god, he was hilarious.

    he’s got a flickr account, too, and he’s pretty talented.

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