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#1 MattDrufke

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 08:17 AM

All right, here's the short of it: I'm looking to get onstage and tell some jokes at an amateur night, but a google search trying to find comedy clubs has not been very successful (completely fucking frustrating, exactly: plenty of listings for comics who have been in amateur nights, or strip club amateur nights-which you don't want to see me in). I live in the far NW burbs, so something around St. Charles/Schaumburg/Geneva would be preferred, though I would travel to somewhere like Naperville. Are there any comedy clubs around you guys that have amateur nights?

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 08:22 AM

isn't there a Zanies in St. Chuck? i know beat kitchen here in the city has a comedy night once a week or something...that's all i got.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 09:49 AM

one boarder here has performed at the amateur night here in vernon hills.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 10:54 AM

for those of us that do not live in bfe hows about layin down some material.
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Posted 18 August 2007 - 05:38 PM

All right, here's the short of it: I'm looking to get onstage and tell some jokes at an amateur night, but a google search trying to find comedy clubs has not been very successful (completely fucking frustrating, exactly: plenty of listings for comics who have been in amateur nights, or strip club amateur nights-which you don't want to see me in). I live in the far NW burbs, so something around St. Charles/Schaumburg/Geneva would be preferred, though I would travel to somewhere like Naperville. Are there any comedy clubs around you guys that have amateur nights?

Dude, ... just grab the weekend guide out of the Sun Times or the Tribune or The Reader...look under comedy...you'll find a list of clubs/open mic nights etc. ... Have you done anything before?...understand you may have to sign-up 2 to 3 hrs. earlier than the actual time listed/call the club first...I made the scene back in the mid 90's... I could'nt quit my day job...and a wife and 3 kids is not conducive to the lifestyle...the burbs are good training...yet, the city will define you... meaning your schtick may work good in the burbs where your average attendee are drunken soccer mom's out for fun with their friends...as for the city you have to nail it every time, and the competion may humble ya... be prepared to BOMB.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 06:28 PM

isn't there a Zanies in St. Chuck? i know beat kitchen here in the city has a comedy night once a week or something...that's all i got.


Chicago Underground Comedy on Tuesdays at the Beat Kitchen rules -- it's not an open mic, however. It's so much fun after a stupid day at work. And it's $5. And you can eat Beat Kitchen food.

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 03:39 PM

Look in the Reader and you'll find plenty. Be ready dude, if you bomb you're gonna feel really bad, but if you dont do it you'll feel like a pussy, either way you'll probably be bad and the people in the stand-up scene are assholes.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 02:08 AM

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 03:56 AM

Look in the Reader and you'll find plenty. Be ready dude, if you bomb you're gonna feel really bad, but if you dont do it you'll feel like a pussy, either way you'll probably be bad and the people in the stand-up scene are assholes.



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Posted 20 August 2007 - 07:49 AM

Look in the Reader and you'll find plenty. Be ready dude, if you bomb you're gonna feel really bad, but if you dont do it you'll feel like a pussy, either way you'll probably be bad and the people in the stand-up scene are assholes.



You paint a really nice picture.



It's alright. I kind of understand the scene already, and I'm not expecting to kill. But I like my material enough, and I would call myself an adequate performer, so I just want to see if I can get some people to laugh.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 07:56 AM

Have them introduce you as "Matt Drufke, the adequate comedian"

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 08:41 AM

Don't live anywhere near you, but I can tell you almost every club has open mike nights. Get the yellow pages, or search google for "comedy clubs". Call the club, find out when, memorize your material, and hit it. If you're any good, don't be surprised if the club offers you a part time MC/opener for the opener type gig. That's how I got started back in the late 80's when I did standup. If you're serious about it, my only advice is to perform as much as possible. That's how you learn to gauge an audience, when to improv, and how to stress certain words for greater effect. I went from open mike nights to opening for Emo Phillips and Roger Kabler in about 18 months. Problem was, I realized my inability to develop new material just wasn't cutting it. But I had a lot of fun for about two years.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 09:18 AM

Have them introduce you as "Matt Drufke, the adequate comedian"



Hah! Back in the late 90's, two friends and I had a small band, where we did comedy-esque songs about various things (Republicans, Jerry Springer, Jackie Chan). Our first album was called "Striving For Mediocrity".

EDIT: I'm going to start seriously looking today. I'll let you guys know more when it develops.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 09:28 AM

You probably already know, but I'll mention that many "Mike nights" ask for a fee to participate (like 3-5$). Been there, singing my crappy parodies at an open mike just for kicks, but you sound like you are serious and "hungry". Good luck.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 10:23 AM

I went from open mike nights to opening for Emo Phillips


This is a step down.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 10:36 AM

I went from open mike nights to opening for Emo Phillips


This is a step down.


:lol: Sure wasn't in terms of the money...or the women that come up to Emo after shows. Funniest thing was touring with him for a week, and watching Weird Al Yankovic show up in the audience just to heckle him.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 10:42 AM

I went from open mike nights to opening for Emo Phillips


This is a step down.


:lol: Sure wasn't in terms of the money...or the women that come up to Emo after shows. Funniest thing was touring with him for a week, and watching Weird Al Yankovic show up in the audience just to heckle him.

women went up to Emo?!?! :blink:

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 10:54 AM

Like you wouldn't believe. Trust me, depressed women want to laugh, too - and if you can make them laugh, you're halfway home. Roger Kabler scored big - he's a freaking great impressionist. He'd just ask the women who they've always wanted to be with, then start doing the voice of whatever they told him.

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 10:56 AM

women went up to Emo?!?! :blink:


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Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:44 PM

Carrot Top is an ugly dude, but he's freaking ripped. He's put on fifty pounds of muscle over the last ten years or so.

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