Ladies and gentlemen, I come to you as a very humble and appreciative man. Every week, I get scared that terrible weather will keep people in their homes and torpedo all the fun that could be had at the show. Then, every week, my fears are proved unfounded. You’d think that eventually I would learn my lesson and skip the “getting scared” part, but I really feel like it’s part of my process. If it’s all the same, I’ll keep getting scared.
That said, this week, I’ll be a little less scared. I mean, look at this lineup:
Your headliner, Brian Babylon
There are few comics working around the city who have achieved as much as Brian Babylon. He’s appeared in the Just For Laughs festival, was a finalist in the New York Comedy Contest, and appears from time to time on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” He’s been featured on the Risk! podcast and hosts the Chicago Moth Storyslam. I could go on and on listing the man’s credentials, but instead I’ll just break it down and say that Brian is an absolutely hilarious man, and we’re incredibly excited to have him as our headliner this week.
Matty Ryan is a real favorite here at The Comedy Evening. His natural ease and likability, even when telling jokes and stories that paint him in a slightly negative light, are nearly unrivaled. Since he’s been at the show, he’s become a co-producer of The Blackout Diaries, and we couldn’t be happier for him. It’s a perfect fit for him, and when I say that I’m not saying that he’s a dangerous drunk. I’m saying that there are few people I’d rather hear drinking stories from. Hilarious, well-told drinking stories. I’m really getting self-conscious that I’m making it sound like I think Matty’s a terrible drunk. I probably should have just mentioned his new show, Parlour Car. That probably would have steered me clear of that. Oh well, too late now.
There were some real fun days back when Kristin Clifford was my neighbor. I guess we didn’t really do all too much together, but there was one time when we drunkenly watched the Lifetime Original movie “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger” after we did a show. That kind of fun counts for about six or seven experiences. When she performs this week at the show, we will bump that number up to about eight fun shared experiences, and you all get to be a part of it.
Erik Monical is a great comic, and we’re real excited to have him come make his Comedy Evening debut this week. Erik’s been involved with some of the great shows around town in the last years, such as Standing Room Comedy, and can regularly be found touring around the Midwest and beyond, charming the masses with his jokes. Come and join the charmed masses on Monday.
And, as always, the drink specials will be popping off, the popcorn will be free, and our “award-winning” dance party will rage on long into the night after the show has ended. Word on the street is that it won’t be less than like 40 degrees, so let’s all rally and come on out. I’ll wear shorts if you do.