July 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
If you know Chicago comedy, you know the brilliant sketch group Hey You Millionaires (twice named the “Best Sketch Comedy Group in Chicago” by the Reader). In which case you’re likely a fan of Jim Fath, the tallest member of that trio and one of Chicago’s sharpest comedic minds. Well, sadly for Chicago, Jim and the guys are relocating to LA later this year, but fortunately they’re going out with a bang. Case in point, Jim’s debuting his first solo show at iO in July and its going be a treat.
Arguing with a Quadriplegic is on a rockstar triple bill called Jim Paul Jet Paul and it touches on being thankful for those shameful moments in life that end up strangely helping you later on.
“The title Arguing with a Quadriplegic was inspired by a TV audition where I actually had to debate politics with another auditionee,” explains Mr. Fath, “a quadriplegic man arguing for the second amendment. It was absolutely awful and I felt like a real jerk but it actually prepared me well for auditioning later on in my career.”
Besides Hey You Millionaires, Jim’s made a name for himself in Chicago as a memorable contestant and now co-host in the comedy talent competition Impress These Apes. He’s also performed and written shows with iO, The Annoyance, The Noble Fool, and many others. Before moving to Chicago, he worked with Second City Cleveland where he also taught improvisation and comedy writing. In 2006, his writing was featured in the book Look at my Striped Shirt: Confessions of the People you Love to Hate (Broadway Books).
Of his new work, Jim says, “I’ve strived to bring both personal material and relevant social comedy together so that it’s never too much of either. You get to see a little bit of me and a little bit of what I see.”
Jim Paul Jet Paul
One time slot, three amazing shows. Alongside Jim Fath’s Arguing with a Quadriplegic, audiences are also treated to Comedogenic starring Paul Thomas, the man nytheater.com called “Gut-bustingly hilarious,” and Ted and Melanie starring Jet Eveleth (The Reckoning) and Paul Brittain (Topaz, Mike Helicopter) in a scripted show inspired by scenes from their longform improvisation. The Chicago Reader calls Brittain one of the “straight-up funniest guys in town,” and praises Eveleth: “You really have to hang on to every word—but that’s easy to do with Eveleth, whose shape-shifting face is rich with emotion and humor.”
Thursdays @ 8pm, July 8 – August 12, 2010.
iO Chicago, the Del Close Theater, 3541 N Clark St (Addison & Clark).
Tickets are $12 and are available at 773.880.0199 and Chicago.iOImprov.com.