*Photo of the Lancasters by Oomphotography
Erica and I will be returning as Mr. and Mrs. Lancaster (err, contra-respectively) in Alisa Rosenthal’s The Plucky Show. This is the final show of this run, so may be your last chance ever to see Mrs. Lancaster coach Plucky in the “The Big Move” and Mr. Lancaster prep Plucky in the fundamental theatrical art of elocution.
Tickets are $20, but because you’re my special friend you can use the code “pluckateer” for 2-for-1s, or if you get dinner at Irazu before the show and bring your receipt, you can see the show for $10.
The Plucky Show
Gorilla Tango Theatre
1919 N Milwaukee Ave
I'll be hosting the seventh season of Impress These Apes, a comedy talent competition, as Sports Show Host. We've got a lot going on this week: five of our former champions are competing in a special one-night-only challenge to be crowned the LEAST Least Pitiful Human (and earn $100) and we're also announcing the cast of our upcoming eight week season, LIVE on stage.
Impress These Apes
929 W Belmont
I'll be hosting the seventh season of Impress These Apes, a comedy talent competition, as Sports Show Host. This show is our live callback show: we've got 17 potential contestants who need to impress our six past champions in order to become one of the eight cast in the show.
Impress These Apes
929 W Belmont
You've seen it on TV, now see it in person. Don't Spit the Water, our Crazy Live Game Show, returns to the Wilmette Theatre (1122 Central Ave, Wilmette, IL) for one special evening! I'll be one of the comics for the evening. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Update: the show is still on, but I'm out of Chicago for a funeral and so will not be performing in the show.
Antenna - 26.1
Comcast (HD) - 183
RCN - 6 / 606
WOW - 6 / 207
DISH - 26
DIRECTV - 26
U-VERSE - 10 / 1010
You can watch at home, of course, or we'll be having a viewing party at the Lincoln Tap Room (3010 N Lincoln, Chicago). We'll be there from 10pm, and they'll put the show on all of their TVs and a big projection screen when it airs live at midnight.
There will be a drink bracelet you can buy for $30, which gives you unlimited cheap beer and well drinks from 10pm-2am. Or you can just buy drinks straight from the bar.
We're starting off the sixth season of Impress These Apes with a brand-new twist, borrowed from TV reality shows--we're doing a live casting show. We've narrowed down our auditionees to 18 talented Chicago performers, and now we're asking them to perform in front of a live audience and our secret celebrity judges. By the end of the evening we'll have our cast of eight for the next eight weeks.
I'll be appearing as a new co-host of the show: Pre-historic Human.
929 W Belmont, Chicago
After nearly 8 years, the Belmont Burlesque Revue is closing their open run. Comedy duo Gerdes and Reid (i.e., Erica and I) will be reprising one of our favorite bits. The midnight show is by invite only, but there's also a Friday show at Martyr's and a 10 pm show on Saturday at the Playground.
The Playground Theatre
3209 N Halsted, Chicago
"A mysterious, relentless masked warrior kills a scientist, his entourage, and half of the Los Angeles Police Department before being gunned down on a golf course...and then his soul possesses the body of a sexy aerobics instructor to continue his mission of murder! Floating swords, mostly silent one-eyed martial artists, vaguely Asian mysticism, and the erotic properties of tomato juice combine into an action-packed kill-fest directed by Dana Dardai of the Camenae Ensemble Theatre Company."
5153 N. Ashland Ave. 2nd Fl.
Chicago's Crazy Live Game Show goes to Hollywood: Don't Spit the Water at the Comedy Central Stage (6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90038). The show is free! Call (323) 960-5519 for reservations.
I'll be the announcer and tech guy, "Mr. Pickles", so you'll hear but not see me the whole show.
For the sixth week of the competition, we've been randomly assigned a song (for me, Jump, Jive an' Wail by Louis Prima) and a partner (Jarrad Apperson) and we have to perform a dance to the song.
For the third week of the show, we were randomly assigned a song and then challenged to film a music video for it. I got Dirt Bike by They Might Be Giants and filmed this video.
Our challenge for the week was to recreate a scene from a movie, adapted for the stage (much like what Bob Ladewig did for the first season's free-for-all finale). We were allowed one friend to help us perform and one of the judging criteria was recreation of details.
I recruited my friend Bilal Dardai and performed the "beating up the printer" scene from Office Space.
Our first challenge was to write an autobiographical song and accompany ourselves on some sort of musical instrument. I wrote a song called Fuzzy Gerdes is Totally Awesome.