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Comedy: Jimmy Dore

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Though he has plenty of material about things like deer not being able to hear car horns and what it was like growing up poor, Jimmy Dore describes his current set as more “current eventsy.” With the success of his DVD/concert special Citizen Jimmy, the Chicago native is taking on more of today’s hot-button issues. “Right now I’m talking about the bailout, the healthcare thing. Gay marriage and medical marijuana, the usual topics.” Of course, it’s not all serious subjects. Dore performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

It's Garry Shandling's Show (Review)

Shout Factory, 1986-1990, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
There are many reasons why you might not have heard of this fine sitcom. It initially ran on Showtime, before pay cable was a hip destination for original programming. A broadcast outlet picked it up, but FOX was only two years into its existence and audiences were still finding out about the “fourth network.”  

Taxi: The Fourth Season

Paramount, 1981-82, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Every now and then, some entertainment publication tries to come up with a list of the funniest sitcom episodes of all time. There are a lot of great choices to be sure. “Soup Nazi” (Seinfeld), “The One Where Everybody Finds Out” (Friends) “Turkey’s Away” (WKRP in Cincinnati), the list really could go on and on...  

Comedy: Troy Baxley

0 Comments · Monday, November 9, 2009
For Troy Baxley, comedy wasn’t a life-long ambition so much as it was a survival tool. “I started school very early,” he explains, “so I was smaller than other kids. Growing up, I had to be funny and a smart ass to protect myself.” He performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

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Comedian Kevin Nealon's act gets more personal

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
In addition to the popular Showtime series 'Weeds,' comedian/actor Kevin Nealon is probably most widely known for his work on 'Saturday Night Live,' where he anchored the "Weekend Update" segment for so many years. While he skillfully parodied current events on that program, these days his outlook is more domestic, and that's reflected in his stand-up set.  

The Big Band Theory: 2nd Season (Review)

Warner, 2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
At first glance it’s easy to dismiss The Big Bang Theory. Some might have no time for what appears to be clichéd aspects of geekdom. Indeed, there’s lots of video game playing, comic book collecting and Star Trek references to be had here.  

Comedy: The Capitol Steps

0 Comments · Monday, October 19, 2009
Elaine Newport arrived in Washington, D.C. in the early ’80s to be a legislative assistant to Illinois Republican Senator Chuck Percy. The piano major thought her primary course of study in college wouldn’t come in very handy. That was until a Christmas party in 1981 when she and several coworkers decided to provide some entertainment for the event. “We thought we’d do this once for a Christmas party and be told to stop, or be fired, or both,” she recalls. “But 27 years later no one has stopped us, so we’re still going.” And The Capitol Steps were born. They perform 7:30 p.m. at Music Hall.  

Comedy: Jerry Rocha

0 Comments · Monday, October 5, 2009
In the fifth grade, Jerry Rocha got his first break as a stand-up comic. “My fifth grade teacher actually made a deal with me,” recalls the Texas-native. “He said ‘If you shut up during class, and don’t make jokes, I'll let you do five minutes on Fridays.’ I was like ‘Absolutely.’” On stage he tries to make people laugh about things that otherwise might make them uncomfortable. Jerry Rocha performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday. Tickets are $8-$12.  

Comedy: Ryan Stout

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Comedian Ryan Stout hopes you’re paying attention during his set. “People who are willing to sit and listen will enjoy my act,” he explains, “more than those who just want to get an emotional response to something. If I say something on stage, the set-up to my joke might make you cringe a little bit, but if you wait and listen for the punchline, you realize that everything is OK.” Stout has hosted several programs on MTV, and will tape a Comedy Central Presents episode in November. He performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Kyle Grooms

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
“I like my comedy to make you think and laugh at the same time,” Kyle Grooms says. “I like it to be real. I like it to have some kind of focus.” Grooms originally got into comedy as a hobby. After a few years he realized he was good at it and left his job at a Miami TV station to pursue comedy full time. These days he’s talking about American culture, among other topics. “There’s so much going on,” he says, “every week there’s something new.” He even entertains foreign audiences with his observations about life in the U.S., and those crowds dig it. Grooms performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.