Top Stand-Up Comedians at Zanies in St. Charles
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Chicago has long been a hotbed for improv and sketch comedy, but you don't have to go to The Second City to find laughs. Some of Chicago's funniest performers can be found in places like Stage 773 with comedy troupe GULP! Productions' show, Improv After Hours. GULP!'s current show features a new theme each week. The troupe's original core team, which includes Thomas Einstein, Amber Linde, Marie Maloney and Jacob Welch, is joined by special guests with a variety of comedic chops, from musical improv to sketch comedy, clowning and puppetry. Learn More
Below are the upcoming stand-up comedy performances at Zanies St. Charles (Pheasant Run) available to Goldstar members:
July 9 & 10: Amy Schumer
From Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, MTV & more!
Amy Schumer made her network debut on NBC's Last Comic Standing! Amy grew up in New York where she was voted Teachers Worst Nightmare and Class Clown. She went to Towson University, where she graduated with a degree in Theater. Amy hurriedly moved to New York City where she became a regular on the Improv circuit but she still felt something was missing. She quickly built up her confidence and with charisma to spare has been grabbing audiences by keeping them laughing from show to show.
She puts a hilarious spin on the real people and events from her life. Amy has appeared on MTV: Best Week Ever. She was a guest on The Ellen Show. Amy was selected for the 2007 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Amy appeared on Comedy Central's Live At Gotham. She is most proud of the fact that she has never slept with a comic.
July 16 & 17: Butch Bradley
From Comedy Central's Premium Blend, HBO & more!
Butch Bradley is an energetic young comedian who hails from Atlantic City. With his constant manic energy, Butch Bradley doesn't just warm-up an audience he sets them on fire. Butch started his comedy career as a founding member of the Boston Improv troupe The ID, headlining at the national improv festival in Minneapolis. Increasing attention spurred his solo stand-up career, and Butch now works all over the country. Bradley's dynamic upbeat humor and fast witted improv make him popular and keep his audience howling for more. Additionally, Butch has appeared on numerous television programs including: The Martin Short Show, VH1's The List, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, HBO & Comedy Central's Premium Blend. Butch was also a featured comic at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
Butch can be seen in the documentary film Open Mic starring Richard Jeni, Dave Chappelle, Tony Rock, and Shawn Wayans. Most recently, Butch performed on the USO Tour in Afghanistan and Iraq supporting our troops.
July 23 & 24: Ralphie Roberts with Michael Palascak
A Chicago Native - Hilarious Musical Comedy!
Ralphie Roberts is a good time waiting to happen. His comedy can be described as "Boyz in the Hood" meets "Pleasantville". He is truly a man with a Ghetto mentality and a College Degree.
Ralphie brings his dysfunctional view on life to every performance. It doesn't matter if he is talking about of his relationships, his command of the English language, job status or country music.
He has performed all over the Midwest at comedy clubs such as Zanies, Milwaukee's Comedy Café and the Southbend Funnybone. He was the Runner up in the Miller comedy search. He has also opened up for such notable acts as Patti Labelle and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He has written a number of parody songs including "Dirty Square Dancing" now available on his comedy CD.
Michael Palascak (Pal-a-sack) really likes to make people laugh--mostly because it keeps them from asking why he still lives at home with his parents. This young comedian from the Midwest grew up in Wabash, Indiana--"The First Electrically Lighted City in the World." Most recently Michael performed at The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He also performed at Caesar's Palace in The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and was the winner of HBO's Lucky 21 Stand-up Contest. He also won the Chicago region of Comedy Central's Open Mic Fight.
Having trained at The Second City in Chicago, IO, and Annoyance can also be found on the sketch comedy circui. Most recently, he debuted his one-person sketch show in Chicago--Pursuing Happiness: A bunch of scenes about people that moved out of their parents' house, got a real job, and got married. Performed by a guy who didn't.
Onstage he shares hilarious, relatable moments about living at home with his parents and avoiding as much "real world" responsibility as possible. His affable, self-effacing persona allows audiences to laugh a lot. Michael has been heard on Q101's The Ryan and Kevin Manno Program and on The Bob and Tom Radio Show. Michael has been seen on WGN The Bozo Show, Age 9, Large Boot Relay Team Blue (Runner-up).
In his free time, Michael plays baseball, watches TV, and compliments his mother on her cooking. Michael dedicates his entire career to his late orange and black goldfish named Tiger that did flips whenever its favorite TV show came on. Michael swears Tiger did a flip. At least once.
July 30 & 31: John Roy
Seen on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Premium Blend & winner of CBS's Star Search!
The son of an ex-Jesuit and a psychotherapist, John Roy was determined not to repeat his parents' career choices. The fortunate recipient of life saving heart surgery, John felt he should return the blessing he received to the world, by telling jokes in boozy nightclubs.
John grew up a Chicago city boy in the bizarre neighborhood of Rogers Park, where he learned to make people of all races and religions tolerate an obnoxious white kid. After perfecting his mastery of the Atari 2600 while enduring eight years of Catholic school, John felt ready for new experiences. His family moved to Evanston, where John's exposure to diversity continued. Evanston High School was the most integrated school in Illinois, and John was fortunate enough to study at the feet of the African American masters of the lunch table insult. He spent his college years at Loyola University. A charming but underachieving frat boy who led three rock bands to failure by the age of 22, John had little prospect for gainful employment. Finally, he listened to his inner voice, and began to frequent Chicago?s open mic scene. Within weeks, he was entertaining dozens.
John began his professional career at the famous Zanies comedy club on Wells St. in Chicago's Old Town. He went on to tour the country?s best clubs, including the Laugh Stop in Houston, and the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, where John earned a regular spot in 2002. In 2003, he appeared on the CBS television show, Star Search, and was its first champion, earning 100,000 dollars and a development deal with CBS.
Since then he has appeared in the prestigious 2004 US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as a square on Hollywood Squares, and on HBO. John is a regular at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach and the Improv in Los Angeles. In 2003, John performed at the NACA Central convention and was the most requested act in any category. John is a favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio program, available in over 200 markets. In 2005, John will appear in DVD series called Standing on Sunset, available in stores nationwide, alongside such acclaimed comedians as Butch Bradley, Bob Marley, Tom Papa, and Tony Rock. Filmed at the Hollywood Laugh Factory with unique digital cameras, it will be the highest film quality of any standup performance in history. John has recently appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
From his urban upbringing, John brings a unique point of view to the topics of racial and religious tolerance and American culture.
August 5: Kyle Cease
From Comedy Central, Not Another Teen Movie, The Late Late Show & more!
Kyle Cease is currently one of the most in-demand young comics, selling out over 200 shows last year from coast to coast. And with the premiere of his new one-hour comedy special Kyle Cease: Weirder. Blacker. Dimpler premiered last year on Comedy Central and things are about to get a little weird. From the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Kyle takes on midgets, pirates and the Pillsbury Doughboy. He ponders the big questions like why some people think NASCAR is a sport, what the "Juicy" on the back of sweatpants is really referring to, and how different things would be if God had a Napoleon complex.
Comedy Central Presents Kyle Cease was the most played half hour special on Comedy Central in 2006. The same year his CD/DVD "One Dimple", was one of Comedy Central Records highest debuting releases.
Since his memorable appearances as the 'slow clapper' in Not Another Teen Movie and as Bogey Lowenstein in 10 Things I Hate About You, Cease has had numerous TV, film and radio appearances. He is a frequent guest of the hit syndicated radio show, Bob and Tom, He has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Martin Short Show, and has performed in several national commercials.
Kyle began his stand-up career early. By the age of 21 he had toured nationally and won the International Giggles Comedy Competition, placed in the finals of the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition, and completed his first major movie role.
With his laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness stand-up style and a unique connection with his generation, Kyle's shows are as exhilarating and playful as an hour of recess. His highly quotable comedy is infectious. Next time you are standing in line for your coffee you may hear someone say: "Like a Vagina", or when you are standing in line for a Kyle Cease concert, the kid next to you might exclaim: "These are my shoes!"
August 13 & 14: Tim Cavanagh
From Comedy Central, XM Radio and a regular on The Bob & Tom Show!
So, did you hear the one about the high school teacher who walked into a comedy club--and they hired him? That's where the Tim Cavanagh comedy story begins. For a full year, Tim taught teenagers by day. By night, he sang his funny songs in Chicago comedy clubs. "Not surprisingly, I found the biggest difference between the classroom and the nightclub was the drunks--which I generally let the principal handle," Tim says.
Since leaving the classroom, Tim Cavanagh has brought his comedic songs and inventive stand-up to concert halls, corporations, college campuses and nightclubs across America. Over the years, he has also made several trips to Canada, where he has to convert all his jokes to Celsius and his one degree in philosophy becomes a bone-chilling minus 31. He has even performed on the island of St. Lucia, his first time ever doing comedy in the Atlantic Standard time zone, where they got his jokes one hour sooner than they would have in New York.
Early on, it was Tim's funny songs that got a lot of attention. His song, "I Wanna Kiss Her (But She Won't Let Me)," was the first of Tim's pieces to receive national radio exposure, on the legendary "Dr. Demento" show. Other songs followed, including "99 Dead Baboons," "Get Drunk with Dignity," and "Really Safe Sex." His funny music has been heard on radio stations everywhere, as well as on XM Satellite and even the BBC.
In 1997, Tim released his first CD, Sounds Like Fun! By then he had become a regular guest on The Bob & Tom Show, a nationally syndicated radio show now heard in 150 markets. For two years, Tim did a weekly segment on the show called "The One Minute Song," which spawned two more CDs released on Tim's own label, Hits & Giggles Records. At a recent Hits & Giggles awards dinner, Tim was recognized by the label as their "Best Artist," an award he has won three out of the last four years. Even though he is the only act on the roster, a misty-eyed Cavanagh was quoted as saying, "It's still a big thrill."
As for television, Tim has not only appeared on Comedy Central, he was chosen by the network to do several live performances for their clients and customers. His national appearances on ABC-TV, Showtime, WGN, and Comcast have helped Tim deal with his biggest TV disappointment--calling QVC seconds too late to get a great deal on a colander set.
The book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes, features a half-page of Tim's advice on "How Not to Introduce a Joke," as well as other select jokes. And just to clear up a rumor: if you look up "gullible" in the dictionary, you will NOT find a picture of Tim. He's checked. Tim's book, Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul, just went through its sixth printing. Cavanagh firmly believes in printing them "one at a time."
August 19 & 20: Larry Reeb
Named 2008 Comedian of the Year at the Chicago Music Awards!
Known as Uncle Lar', Larry Reeb is the wise-cracking black sheep, politically incorrect relative everyone knows. Like any concerned relative Uncle Lar' wants to help. So in his own twisted way he does. He gives you "tips". Uncle Lar' offers tips on everything from marriage to lotteries to children. Always topping them off with, "That's a tip from your Uncle Lar'."
Reeb is a strong, distinct, classic character, with sarcastic attitude and a sardonic wit. He conveys his concepts with rapid fire one liners. "It's a sick world and I'm a happy guy", Reeb proudly announces after stating his particularly twisted observations. Reeb didn't invent obscene phone calls or adultery, but he makes his living talking about them. In a perfect world Uncle Lar' would be unemployed.
Where others cringe, Reeb thrives. His sharp wit was custom built to handle hecklers. During a performance a regretful drunk once shouted "talk about sex." Larry retorted, "your parents shouldn't have had it", and of course capped it with, "that another tip from your Uncle Lar'."
Uncle Lar' is a regular on The Bob & Tom Show, syndicated in over 100 markets. Larry has been voted Chicago Comedian of the Year, and has made numerous television and radio appearances.
His tips are tops. his inflections infectious. And the fans are fanatics. Reeb's cult-like clan can't get enough. Whether he's headlining comedy clubs, colleges or conventions, his wit is universally appealing. Relatively speaking, everyone travels from everywhere to see their Uncle Lar'.
August 27 & 28: Dave Goldstein with Andy Woodhull
2 Hilarious Headliners - One Great Show!
You may recognize comedian and actor Dave Goldstein from one of his 12 appearances on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, including a particularly memorable role as a naked cop directing traffic in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue in New York City.
His stage act, which has been praised by The New York Post ("...funny") and The Asbury Park Press ("...his comic star is on the rise!"), is a blend of original intelligent writing and inspired live riffs. He has performed stand up comedy on The Comedy Network, XM Satellite Radio, The National Lampoon Radio Network, and Comedy.net. Most recently, Dave warmed up audiences for Drew Carey's hit CBS show The Power of Ten. He was also an original member of the improv group Far Beneath Gotham in New York City. Dave, whose career has taken him across the United States, Canada and Europe, first performed publicly at 13 as a guest of disc jockey New Orleans Slick on WFEC in his home town of Harrisburg, PA.
Dave Goldstein has also been seen in commercials for Sprint PCS, New England Bank (also naked, why?), ABC Sports, and in a print campaign for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Dave, who was also the voice of Madacy Home Video on the Howard Stern Radio Show, has also had a number of essays on international affairs published.
Andy Woodhull grew up in Elkhart, Indiana, famous for being the moror home capitol of the world. He reluctantly left this RV Mecca and went to college in St. Louis where he studied geology. During an oral presentation on plate tectonics, Andy realized he cared more about making his classmates laugh then a good grade. He received a C for the assignment, but easily got the best laughs out of anyone in the class.
Since then Andy has been performing comedy across the midwest, winning over audiences with stories of college and growing up in Indiana.