Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Just For Laughs: Tuesday picks

The Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival kicks off tonight with a nice array of talent.

My picks:
  • A free screening of The Heat, a new buddy-cop comedy from Parks and Recreation writer Katie Dippold.  Featuring Sandra Bullock and Bridesmaids scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy. At ShowPlace ICON Theater, 6:30pm.
  • Pete Holmes, the popular Chicago-bred standup who became a frequent presence on VH1's "I Love the..." shows en route to his own Comedy Central special and a busy touring schedule. At UP Comedy Club, 8pm and 10:30pm, plus Thursday 8pm.
  • Wrestling With Depression Podcast, in which Marty DeRosa takes an unflinching look at the loneliness, career uncertainty and outright rejection that working comics face. An original approach to an infrequently discussed topic, other than among comics themselves.  At Stage 773 — The Cabaret, 10pm.

Elsewhere, local favorites T.J. (Jagodowski) and Dave (Pasquesi) present their usual improv master class at Stage 773 — The Box at 7 p.m., but it must be noted that they play frequently at iO Theater. If you're an infrequent comedy-goer, consider checking out an act or two that rarely visit Chicago.

Comedy Christmas comes only in June ... enjoy!


Martin said...

Pete Holmes is fantastic.

Ben said...

My buddy was in an improv group here with Pete around 10 years ago. Pete was also a young standup. One night we happened to sit near him and his then-wife in an Italian restaurant. He told us that his career goal was to perform standup on Conan by the age of 30 (he was maybe 25). I think he did, or certainly at least rose to that level by then.