Well, the big news can be officially broken now. For those of you outside of the Chicago comedy scene, there are two long-running alternative stand-up showcases in the city. One is called Chicago Underground Comedy. ("Alternative" means an artist-produced show, not Chicago's only "real" comedy club, the very old school "take your grandma" Zanies.)
ChUC, as it's often called, has been called "...the hippest stand-up showcase to emerge in years." (Chicago Magazine), "One of the hottest shows in town" (Chicago Tribune), "...High-integrity, Chicago style stand-up." "Don't Miss!" (TimeOut Chicago), and lots of other great stuff.
ChUC's founder, producer and stand-up Tony Sam, is moving to L.A. in November. Stepping in for him as producers, PR whizzes, and performers are a very good guy named Dan Telfer, and...Elizabeth McQuern! Ta da!
So, yeah, you might see a whole lot less blogging from me here in the near future, because I have a lot to learn in the next few weeks. I have a lot of people to talk to, lots of phone calls to make, and some small town shyness to finally stuff into a box and tape up airtight. In the meantime, some of my favorite clips of Tony. Check out the awesome ChUC animated logo at the beginning of the first one. I love it!
Tony Sam at ChUC, talkin' bout old souls and bike signals.
Tony Sam at Caroline's on Broadway in NYC.