Laughing Cramps Continue
DEMETRI MARTIN & SPECIAL GUESTS WHO ARE ALSO COMEDIANS AND ARE FRIENDS OF HIS AT CHICAGO THEATRE
You ask for comedy, you get comedy and that’s exactly what the Just For Laughs festival is delivering, raw ass humor. Each show continues to deliver new and unexpected laughs that audiences clearly enjoy.
Back at the beautiful Chicago Theatre, Demetri Martin took stage along with some special comedian friends of his. Demetri is known for his hit series Important Things with Demetri Martin and for his past contributions to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He shared his unique play on words with thousands in attendance as his calming pace and delivery resulted in straight up humor.
In from LA and originally from Pakistan, Kumail Nanjiani took the audience on a foreign ride explaining Koran falsehoods and how crazy it is to watch a Cobra and Mongoose fight to death…at a kids birthday party. A twist in the action took place when David O’Doherty jumped on stage wearing a long blue cape and carrying a small keyboard. Arriving from Scotland, David mixed unique stories with homemade songs as he rocked the shit out of his beat box music machine.
In between hilarious sets, Demetri talked to audience members and at one point pulled a guest up on stage. It was a rant back forth on whose t-shirt was funnier as both seemed to lose the fashion battle.
Writer for 30 Rock and SNL, the ever so funny Hannibal Buress hit nothing but home runs. His direct and straight forward approach was well received as the pain in my side started to intensify from laughing so hard. No joke. I was in pain from laughing my ass off.
From the hit show The Flight of the Conchords as well as voiceovers in Toy Story 3 and The Simpsons (just to name a few) the very funny Kristen Schaal danced out in a sparkly jacket and a bright colored dress. Jumping from innocent school girl to a hardcore sex addict, Kristen moved the audience in many ways. She brought the house down with laughter when she delivered her taint-alogues, which was a modern day twist of the popular vagina monologues.
The show was a hit and it still wasn’t over.
Demetri took stage once again which caused that sharp pain in my side to prolong. Explaining mock fliers he hangs in coffee shops across America, I along with the audience cheered for more.
Our request was answered as Paul F. Tompkins confidently strolled out in a three piece suit and solid mustache.
“Since I’m the last act, I’m entitled to all these waters” Paul explained as he bear hugged the remaining water bottles on stage. This caused a front row heckler to chime in and beg for a drink. With out missing a beat, Paul called attention to this drunken woman as he quickly won the audience on his side. His humor was spot on as he preached to the audience much like a professor in a college lecture hall.
Weaving through the crowd as I left the venue I hopped on a train to travel twenty minutes north to the ever so funny Annoyance Theatre.
MESSING WITH A FRIEND AT THE ANNOYANCE THEATRE
The rustic Chicago brick walls of this venue speak volumes as this prestigious stage is an outlet for many talented improvisers. The spotlight was on the venerable Chicago improv staple Susan Messing as well as her guest, Private Practice’s Michael Patrick Thronton.
Coming straight from a Steppenwolf performance, Michael immediately locked on to the comedic genius of Susan. Both started the improvisation performance in wheel chairs as they made light of new medical procedures with face transplants, challenges of being loved by your mother, and the life long problem of being followed by cats due to being tossed in a dumpster as a child
With laughs, sighs, and moans from the audience, their performance was memorable and one of a kind.
THE POB SHOW AT THE iO THEATRE
After another train ride, it was time the watch SNL writer and Second City alum Michael Patrick O’Brien experiment new material at iO Theatre. This cabaret-style show was really something special as SNL’s Seth Meyers made an appearance to join the fun.
Sitting next to paying audience members, some of the biggest comedians showed up to see this magic live. In attendance was Jeffery Ross, Scott Adsit, John Lutz, and Hannibal Buress, just to name a few.
From lonely aliens missing their girlfriends to overly obsessive female bowlers, O’Brien and Meyers delivered a superb show which caused the laughing pain in my side to deepen. Just For Laughs festival is in full swing as kick ass shows are continuing through out the weekend.