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Hannibal Buress – TBS Just for Laughs Chicago

Hannibal Buress is from the West side of Chicago, and returned home to headline a show at the Park West. He is coming off of his Comedy Central Special, Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace, which was very funny.

At the top of the show he told the crowd that all the money from the night was going to be donated to the grammar school he attended on the west side, but he was going to be talking about some horrible things so it was “dirty money.” He then went on to talk about how the pig is more versatile than turkey, citing the fact that with pig you can have bacon, ham, pulled pork and with turkey you just get turkey. Also that Ms. Piggy was able to have sex with a frog.

Hannibal killed it for over an hour with all different material than his hour special. Even the stuff that you could tell he was still working on was funny. He had a DJ come out to play lines from hip hop songs so he could analyze how absurd they were.

To open the show, Hannibal had two openers, both who perform in the Chicagoland area often. One had a steesh and one didn’t. I’ll just link their names to their websites if you are interested in learning more about them. Both did an entertaining 15 minutes.

Kevin Bozeman

Danny Kallas

Next up: T.J. Miller, Sarah Silverman and Nick Offerman. Check back Monday for a full recap of the weekend.

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Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies… – TBS Just for Laughs Chicago

Stephan Merchant, who is the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning co-creator of BBC’s The Office has decided to try his hand at stand-up. I didn’t know what to expect going in, only having seen him on the Ricky Gervais Show. I don’t know if the show was very funny, or I was charmed by his British accent, but I really enjoyed the act.

Merchant made it pretty clear from the start of the show that he was attempting this new venture as a way to distance himself, and his money, from Ricky Gervais. He gave examples of ways that Ricky has overshadowed him in the past, including visuals of newspaper headlines and magazine articles.

Merchant tells plenty of jokes, but the show is more of an account told in stories of the difficultly brought on by being a 6′ 7″ nerd, and his unsuccessful attempt at finding a wife. For his first attempt at parting ways with Gervais, Merchant holds his own. The show is definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.

OR

The show was garbage, but that accent is amazing.

Amy Schumer – TBS Just for Laughs Chicago

Last night I attended the TBS Just for Laughs show at Park West headlined by Amy Schumer. She’s got a real mouth on her. I was so excited to go I took a picture of my ticket! That’s like being so excited about your new car that you take a picture of the keys. Who does that?

I do:

When I arrived at the Park West there were a group of TBS employees congregated outside the entrance. They asked me if I would like to spin a prize wheel that hung from the back of one of the employees. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep knowing that I treated a human being like the wheel of fortune, so I declined the spin and went in without a prize (a fun size bag of M&Ms).

When I entered the venue I heard a lady say to the people in front of me that they had some reserved seats for the press. I couldn’t resist at least checking it out. I took the pass out of my pocket and put it around my neck like I belonged there. She walked me down to a booth with a “reserved” sign on it. Again, excitement overtook me and another picture was taken. This time I even Instagramed it. Do you realize how excited one has to be to take a picture of two pieces of paper and then take the time to make it look like it’s from 35 years ago?

I think I got there too early because I sat for about 25 minutes before the show started. I was in the booth by myself for 15 of those minutes. I got a good picture of a guy in front of me who was sporting a nice cookie duster. He looked a little like Matt Walsh, but it wasn’t him.

One last thing before the show started – A guy sat down next to me for 2 minutes, and he said, “Great show last night.” I was pretty confused. It was like the time I talked to my grandma on the phone and 5 minutes in I realized she thought I was my cousin who was in Florida. I just said, “Thank you” and looked the other way. He got up and found a new seat soon after.

Finally it was time for the show to start, but not before TBS showed a 2 minute commercial. Seriously.  And it was the one where they auto-tune clips from Conan, The Big Bang Theory, and Family Guy. Not a good way to get people excited for comedy. After a short M&Ms commercial the show began.

Eric Andre (bonus steesh)

Eric Andre opened the show. I did not recognize him, but later found out he is on Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23, of which I’ve seen a few episodes. He started slow, probably because he had to overcome a Big Bang Theory commercial, but also because his jokes were a little dated. He spoke of recently seeing the movie Precious and then did a bit about the TV show Cops. I don’t even know if it’s still on the air.

I don’t mind jokes about TV. I watch it a lot,  so I’m into that stuff. Last Saturday I estimate that I watched 14 hours of it. He picked up the pace with some ramblings about the SpikeTV show Manswers. He topped of the night reading a good text message conversations he had with an old fling’s boyfriend who was threatening him like a 1980’s movie bad guy. Overall I think he did a fine job for an opener.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer was on the 2007 season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, but her career really took off when she made a joke about then recently deceased Ryan Dunn. I saw her last summer during a taping of Doug Loves Movies. I knew she was a dirty comedian, but hearing her material proved it.

I enjoyed it very much, but I don’t want to offend anyone (my mom) so I’m not going to go into her act. I especially liked the way Amy handled a scantily dressed woman who wouldn’t delete a picture of her by asking her when the last time she saw her dad.

Amy is taping a special next weekend. I suggest you watch that when it comes out.

Overall, it was a nice experience. I only had to explain to one person that I was there to write about comedy for a site about mustaches.  Tonight I’ll see two shows – Stephen Merchant and Hannibal Buress. Check back tomorrow for another, most likely far less detailed report of my night.

TBS Just For Laughs Chicago

As I mentioned last week, I will be attending the TBS Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago. I’ll probably just do a little recap each day until it’s over. I’ll try to interview some people if I get the chance. I doubt they have ever given a press pass to a more absurd website.

I’m very excited to see mustached comedians Hannibal Buress and Nick Offerman. If you’re in the area, tickets are still available for most of the shows, and excluding Aziz and Vince Vaughn, they are very affordable.

Nick Offerman: American Ham

My favorite steeshed gentleman, Nick Offerman (how could you not want to see him with that pig w/ a mustache), will be in Chicago for the Just for Laughs Festival presented by TBS. The festival runs from June 12-17 all across Chicago. The schedule can be found here.

If you are in Chicago, I suggest you check out some of these talented steeshed comedians. If you can’t make it, you can check back here for updates. I’m hitting the streets to bring you the inside scoop from the funniest staches of our generation. I’ll post some previews next week and reviews the week of the festival.

I hope people enjoy this stuff as much as I do, and for the weirdos that come here just for pictures of women with mustaches, I’ll try to see Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman and give them the steesh treatment.