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The Guardian names The Hideout a Top-10 Chicago Destination

With new non-stop flights from the UK and a large number of domestic tourism re-directing itself away from LA and New York, The Guardian took a trip to Chicago to comprise a ‘local’s guide’ to the city, putting together a list of the top 10 bars, restaurants and places to see across the city. Nestled between the likes of Humboldt Park, Al’s Italian Beef and The Empty Bottle sits the Hideout on Chicago’s list of ‘must-visits.’ Described as a ‘beloved bar’ with ‘twinkling lights and a homey vibe, it’s also just a damn fine bar to drink any night of the year with a friendly crowd,’ it’s safe to say they managed to capture a bit of the Hideout’s magic. Take a read and see what else made the list, and don’t forget to tell your friends all over the world about that special little bar on Wabansia.   

Comedic Algorithms: Washington Post Shines a Light on Botnik Live!

Comedy—cult-comedy, queasy-comedy, powerpoint-comedy, pancake-comedy—has become a staple in the Hideout’s monthly programming. From HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE and Wham City Comedy to Clickhole, Monkey Wrench and Late Late Breakfast, you can count on something coming to the Hideout stage (almost) every week that’ll indulge every comedic appetite.

Botnike Live! the brain child of Jamie Brew, a former editor at Clickhole, and Bob Mankoff, a former editor of cartoons at The New Yorker, lands at the Hideout once a month. The show, or performance, there’s no moniker that truly encapsulates what it is exactly, pushes seemingly mundane content through computer algorithms that in its technologically arbitrary nature spits out outrageously funny content. Last month’s show caught the attention of Scott Tobias and The Washington Post, who did their very best to capture the essence of Botnik Live! 

 

 

 

Mark Bazer and The Interview Show to Broadcast Across the Country

It was only a matter of time before someone picked up on what Mark Bazer’s been doing with The Interview Show over the course of the past few years. From Chicago icons to national and internationally renowned artists, musicians, politicians and activists—Bazer has supplied us, and viewers across the city, with entertaining, at times comical, and astute conversations with guests from all social, political and entertainment spectrums. Bazer and the show hit a career milestone this week as it was picked up by America Public Television for national syndication. The show, which has been taped at the Hideout once a month for the past few years, and which has aired exclusively on WTTW, will hit TVs in more than twelve major cities in the coming months. Robert Feder, a lifelong Chicagoan, covered the move for his blog in association with The Daily Herald, take a read.

 

The Chicago Tribune has also listed this Friday’s (SOLD OUT) show as one of “Top 5 Things to Do this Weekend”

Comedy Central’s ‘Up Next’ Showcase Lands at the Hideout

Comedy Central, through the advent of the internet and expansion of comedy-oriented programming across cable television, has been able to adapt and maintain their position, and relevancy, atop comedy’s power rankings. They do this by maintaining a consistent repertoire of established comics, but also by creating spaces for comedy’s next-and-future generations. One example of this is their ‘Up Next’ Comedy Showcase. Tonight the Showcase hits the Hideout stage at 9:00 PM and features some of the best, young comedic talent from across the country. If that’s not incentive enough to swing by, Chicago Now, a blog on-top of all-things-going-on-in-Chicago, insists you don’t miss out. Stop by tonight to see what’s comedy’s next wave has got to offer. For tickets, hit the LINK.

“How to Laugh in the #MeToo Era” a Roundtable Discussion at the Hideout

In today’s uber-visual, socio-political climate it’s not hard to offend (or be offended). The world of comedy, whose entertainment value is often gauged by its participants and vanguards willingness to push the envelop and tap into the corners of society that are deemed the most uncomfortable. We also live in an era in which one person’s joke (some will call it “locker room talk” or “just part of the business”) infringes on the livelihood and identity of others. Recently, Chicago Magazine sat down with a group of Chicago comics at the Hideout to discuss and debate about what’s still funny in this climate and where comics should tread lightly. Take a read here.

The Onion’s Comedy & Arts Festival hits the Hideout

Clickhole at the Hideout, a monthly staple on the Hideout stage, brings a slew of professional satirists to the stage armed with bizarre Powerpoints, quirky anecdotes and (if we’re lucky) outlandish costumes. Clickhole, a brainchild of The Onion, has been a steady provider of comic relief in an era of almost perpetual pessimism in the media. This Spring/Summer (late May/early June) The Onion and Clickhole are putting together a city-wide comedy circuit that’ll hit stages across the city over the course of four days. The Hideout just so happens to be one of those stages, take a read of the Tribune’s preview of the event and schedule

The Hideout’s SXSW Send-Off Party returns this weekend!

Every year around this time musicians, filmmakers and artists of all forms head to Austin, TX for the two-week-long smorgasbord of performances, expression and, well, partying that is SXSW. This festival has catapulted itself into the conversation of the country’s best music festivals (though it’s stages now house film, podcasts, writers and more) and every year a group of Chicago’s best established and up-and-coming bands hit the road for Austin. But before they do we like to bring them all to the stage to let them showcase their sets, put a little extra cash in their pockets and hit the road on a high note. This year’s Send-Off, which starts this Saturday at 3:00pm (doors at 2:00pm), is no different. The party goes all day with performances from Varsity, Waco Brothers, Ariel Zetina, James Swanberg, Bunny, Moonrise Nation, and Pixel Grip.

Julian Ramirez of 3CR (third coast review) wrote up a preview of this weekend, take a read.

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)