Guest Author Patrick McManus is a stand-up comic living and working in Chicago. Patrick is a real cool guy who won the 100 Proof Comedy’s Chicago’s Top College Comedian Competition in 2015. You can follow him on Twitter, though this publication cannot promise he will be consistently funny on there, but you may want to roll the dice. See his preview of the Comedy Exposition here.
High: Tom Brady, who moved to New York from Chicago less than a year ago and now opens for Nikki Glaser, headlined and did not disappoint.
Low: Tom Brady’s performance was so effortlessly funny that younger comedians, in-between fits of laughter, found time to be discouraged. Local comedian Alex Dragicevich reports that “Tom Brady made me think ‘I’ll never be this funny. I should quit.’”
High: Eddie Pepitone “made the crowd laugh for 10 minutes about Dawn laundry detergent” in what one audience member reports as his favorite moment of the festival.
Low: It is possible for the face to grow tired of laughter, and by day two of the festival audiences began to feel the soreness.
High (or low depending on your taste) : Sunday’s Super Talent Show billed itself as the Oscars. Hosts Blake Burkhart, Steven King and Nicky Martin did monologue jokes about celebrities in the crowd as a television showed footage of those famous people at the Oscars. It was funny by sheer virtue of simultaneously being slapdash and earnest. Continuing on the Oscar theme, throughout the show there were clips from the nominated films, including I Am Terry, an I Am Sam parody about Terry Schiavo. No, it wasn’t for everyone, but it certainly elicited a guttural response from the audience.
Low: The rain caused a power outage at Lincoln Hall forcing the rest of the show to be cancelled.