Opening Friday: GEEK SHOW brings their Razor Sharp Sketch Comedy to the Playground Theater

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Plan your Friday night around catching GEEK SHOW as they take over the Playground’s Graffiti Sketch Comedy Showcase.

All bias aside, I loved their recent peformance at Sketchfest. GEEK SHOW is a little smarter, a little deeper and a little darker than a lot of other groups. Their presentation is tight and efficient and they are truly hilarious. They even blasted the Kinks as their transition music. That’s a formula for sketch comedy excellence.

What is a “geek show?” Well, in the old days, a geek show was a carnival act where a single oaf (the geek) stood in the center ring to commit a bizarre, horrific act that was found disdainful but ultimately entertaining by the masses, such as chasing live chickens, and then biting their heads off. This GEEK SHOW simply chases and bites the heads off of the various idiocies in our modern lives.

Let’s face it, today’s America is overstimulating, complicated, and constantly changing in ways that cannot be controlled. We are an exceptional nation, proud of it’s porn and overeating. Each of us is special, just like everyone else. GEEK SHOW is here to show us how ridiculous it all truly is, and how the ways we cope with it are even stranger. Leave the 2.5 kids at home for this show. Besides, they’re only dragging you down.

GEEK SHOW stars Justin Howard, Jeff Murdock, Tim Reardon and Jo Scott, and is directed by Dunbar Dicks.

Fridays @ 10pm, January 28 – March 4.

The Playground Theater, 3209 N Halsted St (Belmont & Halsted), Chicago, IL 60657.

$10 tickets are available at the door. Reservations may be made at The-Playground.com.

All shows are BYOB and a new guest comedy group opens for GEEK SHOW each week!

 

If you don’t come to opening night, Jo Scott will CHOKE herself to DEATH.  SERIOUSLY.

 

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Geek Show Mounts a Horrific Act of Sociopolitical Satire

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

The razor sharp sketch comedians of Geek Show have announced their upcoming run as host of the Playground’s Graffiti Sketch Comedy Showcase, and you do not want to miss it.

In the old days, a geek show was a carnival act where a single oaf (the geek) stood in the center ring to commit a bizarre, horrific act that was found disdainful but ultimately entertaining by the masses, such as chasing live chickens, and then biting their heads off.  This Geek Show simply chases and bites the heads off of the various idiocies in our modern lives.

Today’s America is overstimulating, complicated, and constantly changing in ways that cannot be controlled.  We are an exceptional nation, proud of it’s porn and overeating.  Each of us is special, just like everyone else.   Geek Show is here to show us how ridiculous it all truly is, and how the ways we cope with it are even stranger.   Leave the 2.5 kids at home for this show.  Besides, they’re only dragging you down.

A new guest comedy group opens for Geek Show each week!

A co-production of Graffiti Sketch Comedy Showcase and the Playground Theater, Geek Show stars Justin Howard, Jeff Murdock, Tim Reardon and Jo Scott, and is directed by Dunbar Dicks.

Fridays @ 10pm, January 28 – March 4.

The Playground Theater, 3209 N Halsted St (Belmont & Halsted), Chicago, IL 60657.

$10 tickets are available at the door.  Reservations may be made at The-Playground.com.

Performances are BYOB!

Professor Whiskey’s Jacksonville Vaudevillians Compete for $250K During One Spark 2013

April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Professor Whiskey's Ramona Rhapsody - Red Velvet Photography

Friends, there are two big things happening in Jacksonville, FL next week, and I’m not just talking about Ramona Rhapsody’s bazooms above. (That’s right, I said bazooms.)

Professor Whiskey’s Traveling Bizarre Bazaar, Jacksonville’s premier (and only) vaudeville and burlesque troupe, will be performing two free shows on April 17 and 19 as part of One Spark 2013.

Professor Whiskey's Kitty LaRoxOne Spark is an incredible event that’s part SXSW, part ArtPrize, and it takes Kickstarter up a few notches. From April 17th to 21st, it will light up downtown Jacksonville with hundreds of projects on display in over 65 venues, all vying for $250,000 in crowdfunding that will be distributed based on public vote! For everyone in Jacksonville, One Spark is the perfect opportunity to connect, be inspired, and support great work like the Bizarre Bazaar!

Professor Whiskey’s first free show will be an action-packed introduction to the traditional vaudeville they epitomize: combining music, mirth, mayhem, and a little bawdy merriment. The troupe offers their guests the beauty of their burlesque performers, the talent of their various musical guests, the skill and prowess of their own hoopstress, and all presented by their mesmerizing MC.

The second free show is being called “The Nerdlesque Chronicles” and will be their Geek/Nerd/Sci-Fi show. Fans are encouraged to come out in costume, dressed to the 9’s. Stormtroopers, Ghostbusters, Jedi, comic book characters, video game characters, if you can dress as it, they want to see it!

Remember, the One Spark “Creator” number for Professor Whiskey’s Traveling Bizarre Bazaar is #9, and every vote given will be a vote to help bring fringe art and a new cultural center to Jacksonville!

Professor Whiskey’s Traveling Bizarre Bazaar at One Spark 2013
Wednesday, April 17 at 8:00pm and Friday, April 19 at 8:30pm.
Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
Registration is open at BeOneSpark.com.
For information on the Professor and his friends, visit ProfessorWhiskey.com.

Here’s a little taste of the fun…

Questionable Lullabies a Hit! Only 3 Performances Remain!

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Real talent for intellectual high jinks…with a firm grasp on the bare-bones, quintessentially Chicago style of sketch comedy” Chicago Tribune

“Very smart, funny bits…push the limits of good taste and then some” Chicago Reader

“Go see…this hyperfocused, Adderall-type of comedy” Gapers Block

“Indescribably funny…the right mix of geeky obsession and sharp satire” EDGE Chicago

“Blends intelligent humor and witty social commentary with the duo’s dark, ‘oh no he didn’t’ brand of comedy. Nothing is safe.” The Real Chicago

 

Friends, the critics have spoken and they want you to go see Urlakis & Cusick: Questionable Lullabies before it has to close November 16!  Get thee to Stage 773 for one of the final performances before you regret it!

Urlakis & Cusick: Questionable Lullabies
Fridays @ 8:00PM through Nov 16, 2012.
Stage 773, The Cab, 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.
$15 tickets available at 773.327.5252 or Stage773.com.

To whet your appetite, here’s another great sketch from their last revue…

"Urlakis & Cusick: Questionable Lullabies" Opens at Stage 773

October 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Feisty, Cerebral Sketch Comedy
Chicago Reader

Seriously Funny Stuff, Likably Geeky and Spot-on in its Ridicule
Time Out Chicago

Photo by Zack Whittington

Tonight, two of Chicago’s sharpest comic minds, Urlakis & Cusick, premiere their latest revue at Stage 773, where it will run Fridays at 8pm through November 16.

In Urlakis & Cusick: Questionable LullabiesDave Urlakis and Sean Cusick explore the uncomfortable truths revealed in consumer focus groups, look at why wealthy men really hunt animals to extinction, and give life to the horrifying circumstances hidden in common nursery rhymes.  From famous authors to fallen athletes to everyday parents, Urlakis & Cusick take aim at all of them and more in another hour-long blitz of frenetic fun with a dark twist.

Both alums of the groundbreaking hit satire Best Church of God, and each an experienced fixture of the local sketch and improv scene, Urlakis & Cusick first partnered up for last year’s self-titled debut, Urlakis & Cusick. It was hailed as one of the funniest shows of 2011 by Time Out Chicago, who called it “seriously funny stuff, likably geeky and spot-on in its ridicule.” The Chicago Reader awarded the show “Recommended” status and praised it as “feisty, cerebral sketch comedy.”  RedEye also took note, calling Urlakis & Cusick a “rising comedy act to watch in 2012.”

Urlakis & Cusick: Questionable Lullabies
Fridays @ 8:00PM, Oct 12 – Nov 16, 2012.
Stage 773, The Cab, 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.
$15 tickets available at 773.327.5252 or Stage773.com.

As Time Out Chicago advised, “Set your conscience to standby and enjoy!”

Urlakis and Cusick Return with Questionable Lullabies

September 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Photo by Zack Whittington

The dynamic duo of Dave Urlakis and Sean Cusick are back with a brand new show and you need to save the date, friends (Oct 12), because you do not want to miss Urlakis & Cusick: Questionable Lullabies.

Veteran performers Dave and Sean first met and discovered their comedic compatibility while working on the groundbreaking hit sketch show Best Church of God.  Last year their self-titled two-man debut, Urlakis & Cusick, was hailed as one of the funniest shows of 2011 by Time Out Chicago, who called it “seriously funny stuff, likably geeky and spot-on in its ridicule.”  The Chicago Reader awarded the show “Recommended” status and praised it as “feisty, cerebral sketch comedy.”  Even RedEye got in on the act, calling Urlakis & Cusick a “rising comedy act to watch in 2012.”

And now’s your chance to watch them!  Urlakis and Cusick: Questionable Lullabies opens Friday, October 12 @ 8:00pm, and runs weekly through Nov 16th, 2012.  Tickets will soon be available at 773.327.5252 or Stage773.com.

As the boys say, “Come spend a funny/crude/charming/odd/magical evening with two guys you would find more than tolerable in light doses.”

For a sneak peek of their style, here’s a great scene from their previous revue, captured at their Sketchfest 2011 performance…

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