Many Layers of Truth.
George Lusk is Caleb George and Matt Lusk. A two-man show that starts off by asking for an audience suggestion of a difficult conversation they had with their parents. From there they dive into their characters and usually spend a full 25 minutes in a singular scene “playing at the speed of life.”
Ladies and Lace
One year ago tomorrow, local comedy pilot, The Laces, left the editing studio. It has since gone on to be one of six Chicago finalists in the NYTVF last Fall, has had two of its cast members become Second City Mainstage ensemble members and is currently being shopped around to major networks in hopes of getting sold. Tomorrow at noon, the pilot will premiere online live for the first time via Lucy Cooper Productions‘ site. Creator, director and editor, Leonardo Adrian Garcia, filled me in on the idea behind the pilot and where it’s off to next.
Men In Pajamas
Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez are The Pajama Men. If you’re like me, you may be wondering why grown men are performing absurdist comedy on stage in their pajamas and where the name came from. Well, Shenoah and Mark were kind enough to answer a few questions and turns out they’ve been in their pajamas for well over a decade. Can’t get mad at a man who wants to be comfortable, that’s for sure.
Who Said Women Aren’t Funny?
This Thursday through Sunday, saddle up for a slew of funny ladies. The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival will be underway at Stage 773 and they’re bringing in acts from coast to coast and beyond. This year you can expect to see sketch, improv, musical improv, puppets and a bit more stand-up that in the past. Turn on the mics and line-up the tutus, the ladies are coming and below are a few shows I recommend seeing.
You Have All The Time In The World
The lovely Holly Laurent spent fifteen years studying, performing and teaching comedy in Chicago before moving out to Los Angeles last fall. She’ll be back next week with fellow Mainstage alum, Katie Rich, performing at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival (CWFF) and she was kind enough to share a few words with me about how she got started, her advice to younger performers and what she sounds like when she lets her guard down.