A weekend with my favorite ladies

I could not let another day pass me by without mentioning how I got to see my two favorite ladies this weekend: Maria Bamford and Paula Deen. Two different ladies. Two different vocations. Two different days. Let’s go chronological with this then.

Friday, I journeyed to The Lakeshore Theater to watch the amazing stand-up comedy of Maria Bamford. You may have seen her on the Comedians of Comedy or on Super Deluxe, or you may have never heard of her. If the latter is the case, then please go check her out for laughter’s sake.

As I was drinking in the lobby pre-show, I see my friend Brady Novak followed by another friend of mine Ken Barnard give me a quick greeting and head directly into the theater. I think that they must really want to see Maria. Then I sit down to watch the show and it turns out that these sly dogs are the opening acts. Two great Chicago stand-up comics (Ken won second place in Time Out’s Funniest Person in Chicago Contest), and two great sets.

Saturday, I got to see celebrity chef Paula Deen at the Chicago Theater. She’s got shows on Food Network and magazines and books and such and the like. Very popular lady she is, and with good reason. She’s very entertaining and has southern charm just pouring from her. Needless to say, she packed the theater not once, but twice. She didn’t do much cooking which is fine because she entertained with her stories. Actually, it was an hour of her and her husband, Michael Groover, chatting with the crowd and about a half hour of cooking. And the cooking was just a pork roulade with mashed potatoes. Not super southern or anything a foodie like me has never done, but I love Paula too much to care.

5 Comments so far

  1. Dan Telfer (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    That’s so awesome that people I know opened for her. Just… awesome!

  2. Bryan Bowden (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

    It is awesome, and they killed too.

    In my quest for blog brevity I failed to mention that Maria did an amazing act. At the end of her set, she got a standing ovation from the crowd. Then she was in the lobby meeting and greeting with everyone. I have not encountered that level of congeniality from an awesome professional comic since I saw David Cross years ago at the Magic Stick in Detroit.

  3. Mala (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

    Was there BUTTER? That’s really all I need to know about Paula Deen. ‘Cause if there wasn’t at least a stick and a half of butter involved, it just ain’t right.

  4. Bryan Bowden (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    Oh you better believe there was butter! She added an extra stick of butter to the mashed potatoes, and even then her fans were screaming, “MORE BUTTER!”.

  5. Mala (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

    Hot damn. That’s like sex, Bryan. “MORE BUTTER!” is pretty much like, “do me harder, baby!” I’m so glad to hear she put out!

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