INNside / Out

a blog serving shots of hideout news

Sarah Squirm is re-defining what Comedy is, what it can be and what it looks like

Zach Freeman, a free-lance writer for the Tribune, stopped by the Empty Bottle earlier this week to take in a comedy set from Sarah Squirm, the comedic architect of HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE, and a blossoming band of comedic misfits that having been re-working the essence of what comedy can look like, sound like and feel like. The content, much like the costumes of its author, can be squirmy and unorthodox (if comedy can ever actually be unorthodox, given its inherent nature of constantly evolving). But, as weird as it may seem, we laugh; it twists itself into a realm of our brains and lives that we’ve been taught to keep secret, the gross, the uncomfortable and “inappropriate.” HELLTRAP has been selling out at the Hideout of months now, and the show is about to tour the East Coast, but it’s refreshing and important to remind ourselves that boundaries, even in comedy, are meant to be pushed. Take a read of Freeman’s night at the Empty Bottle here

The Scott McCaughey Benefit Concert Hits the Hideout

Last November, while on tour with Alejandro Escovedo, Scott McCaughey suffered a stroke that nearly cost him his life. After nearly a month in the Intensive Care Unit, McCaughey was released from the hospital and continues to work to regain his musical-self. The former R.E.M guitarist, whose musical talents have seeped into barrooms and onto stages across the world, has made major progress in his recovery but still finds himself struggling with some aspects of his music. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune talked with McCaughey about life after the stroke, getting back to music and what he sees down the road. Read the full article here.

We host a SOLD OUT benefit concert tonight for McCaughey featuring performances from Jon Langford, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor and more.


The Hideout Loves John Mahoney

It’s with a great deal of sadness that we take the time to look back on the life and work of John Mahoney. The film, screen and voice actor who’s best known for his role of Martin Crane on the American Sitcom, Fraiser, and who earlier in his career established himself at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, passed away from cancer on Sunday Febraury 4th, in Chicago. A British born actor, he was known for his inherent ability of portraying working-class American characters on screen and stage, and for the integrity, dignity and kindness he carried with him everywhere. Take a look back at when Mahoney took to the Hideout stage with Mark Bazer and the Interview Show (pt.1 & pt.2)

Ring in Valentine’s Day at the Hideout with The 12th Annual Make-Out Party!

Valentine’s Day tends to be a hit-or-miss for most; but for a significant portion of the population, single or otherwise, is palpably apathetic to the Hallmark Holiday. One adjective that isn’t often associated with the “holiday” is ‘Fun.’ But that’s not the stance taken by The Make-Out Party Orchestra. For the 12th time in as many Valentine’s Days, The “Annual Make-Out Party; “An Evening of Aural Intercourse,” comes to the Hideout this weekend. Playing original tracks, film scores and other classic love themes, the 20+ person band is bringing the Valentine’s Day party to the stage this Saturday at 8:30 PM. And if that’s not incentive enough, TimeOut Chicago insists that it’ll be one of the best things you do all of February, so come on down!

The Messthetics Unveil New Track from Debut Album

After nearly a decade-and-a-half hiatus away from music (at least in terms of performing as a group) Brendan Canty and Joe Lally are coming back to the stage with guitarist Anthony Pirog as The Messthetics. Canty and Lally spent the late ’80s and most of the ’90s shredding stages across the world as part of the innovative punk-rock group Fugazi. In 2003, the bandmates went their separate ways in pursuit of their own professional ventures but have recently reunited and have released a single from their forthcoming, self-titled debut album. Take a this to the single, “Serpent Tongue.”  The band lands at the Hideout May 5th, grab tickets here.


Nashville’s Living Country Legend Hits the Hideout

Chris Gantry, is the singer, songwriter and storyteller from Nashville who’s work has echoed across the country for nearly half a century. He’s worked with some of the most brilliant literary and musical minds in this century and on February 22, he lands on the Hideout stage with special guest, Jon Langford, to play a record release party for his latest, “At the House of Cash.” Hit the link for tickets, they won’t last long.


A Tradition as old as the Hideout: The Tims Party

Every January, for the past 27 years, we gather in the Hideout’s back room to celebrate an event near and dear the heart of the Hideout: The Tims Party. It’s a time to celebrate the people who’ve helped make the Hideout such a special place over the years (coincidentally many of those people happen to be named Tim). The party starts tomorrow night (1/27/18) at 8:30 PM, and runs through the midnight dance party. Come to dance, come to drink, come to watch the parade of Tims; but most importantly, come celebrate the friends and family that have, and continue to make the Hideout the place it’s always been.


Sarah Sherman Talks HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE, standup and growing up in New York

Sarah Sherman, the genius behind the squirmy, cring-i-ly hilarious HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE, sat down with Chicago Magazine last week on the eve of her comedic collaboration with Wham City to talk about the origins of HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE (which, in a sense, grew up in the Hideout), her feelings on standup, growing up in New York and more, talk a read.

Hideout’s Bathrooms House Some of Chicago’s Favorite Lavatory Art

There’s something about combining alcohol and bathrooms that evokes an artistic drive (if that’s what you want to call it) in people. And while some bars and venues choose to take a fresh coat of pain to their walls every few months, we’ve never minded the drawings, poems and proclamations that climb the walls of our facilities.

Do312‘s taken the time to compile a list of their favorite bathrooms, and the scrawlings in them, across the city. We made the list; take a look at the full list here

Lawrence Peters Outfit up for Ameripolitan Music Awards ‘ Best Honky Tonk Group’

The Hideout’s very own Lawrence Peters and his band the Lawrence Peters Outfit has been nominated for ‘Best Honky Tonk Band’ at the 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards. The band’s headed down to Memphis for the awards ceremony, which takes place on February 13th, but you can vote for them online through January 11th at this link. Vote, tell your friends and don’t forget to swing by the Hideout to grab a drink from the best Honky Tonk bartender in town.