Laughing Liberally Chicago Chapter Blog

New Show!

Hey Everybody! How's it going? I just back from Nashville from the Living Liberally conference. Liberals sure do know how to party! Even if I almost was taken to a Vegan restaurant. Thank the Lord it was too crowded. Anyway the republicans, as usual,are attacking Women again with a full force hurricane of ignorance that is stunning. If you are a Woman and you vote for any of these jackasses, shame on you. Okay enough ranting, more laughing. It's time for another FREE show with an awesome lineup.

Sean White- Standup
Paul Sigwerth- Standup
Tricky Ol' Puss - Magic Man
Mark Casey- Acoustic music
Bob Rok- Hip-Hop
Julia Solomon- Standup

Laughing Liberally Chicago presents Todd Akin, Duck Gynecologist
Tomorrow August 29th at 8:00pm at Black Rock Pub & Kitchen 3614 N. Damen

Our shows are always the LAST(not the fourth) Wednesday of the month. Hope to see you there!

Laughing Liberally's Leapin Leap night variety show!

Today
8:00pm until 10:00pm
Black Rock Pub & Kitchen(3614 N. Damen)

Hey y'all! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. It's that time of the month again. And its that time that only happens every four years. Republicans losing their frackin minds in an election year! Oh and it's Leap night! Anything can happen, people. So come on out to the show! It's free!

We also have a leaptastic lineup too! Standup comics Bill Cruz, Angela Vela, Mike Wiley, Paul Sigwerth and music from Grappling Snark!

http://www.facebook.com/events/331234903589122/

$5 Half-Pound Cheeseburger with Side
$6 Specialty Burgers with Side
$3.50 Chicago Microbrews
(Selections from Goose Island, Half Acre & Metropolitan)
$4 Grape Bombs

An Announcement: Matt Is Moving To Boston

Alright, so many of you know this, but if you don't....

I am moving. I am moving to Boston, Massachusetts with my fiancée, Kate, or "The Kate" as many of you know her on Twitter or Facebook. Well, the Kate got into the PHD program at Boston College so at the end of July, we are shipping up to Boston.

Obviously we're going to miss Chicago, especially all of our friends here, but we are, uh… “wicked” excited about the move.

So, the question is, what does the move mean for Drinking Liberally and Laughing Liberally Chicago? Well, the answer is essentially nothing, except I’m not going to be running them anymore. Laughing Liberally Chicago will still be run by the Accountants of Homeland Security. We’re actually going to create an official regular cast of Laughing Liberally Chicago. Adding, actually, a lot of the performers you hear on the Matthew Filipowicz Show.

Drinking Liberally Chicago will continue under its current co-host, the badass Steve Stearns, who as you know, takes all the great photos that you see of Laughing Liberally.

I do want to announce my last Laughing Liberally Chicago will be Wednesday July 6th at No Exit up in Rogers Park. For those who haven’t been to Laughing Liberally Chicago, it’s a great time. A free political variety show with cheap beer. What more could you want?

And we have an amazing lineup that night, with a bunch of my favorite acts: standups James Fritz, Cameron Esposito, Lauren Maul and Bob Rok. Of course, Tim Grimes and James Davis, who are my fellow Accountants of Homeland Security will be there. We have professional freak Thom Britton for the show, who eats fire, pounds nails up his nose, uses chainsaws and all types of cool stuff. We have music from John and Laurie Miller of Pistolwhipped.

The live interview is my good friend, Nixonland author Rick Perlstein, who was actually my very first guest on the very first Matthew Filipowicz Show.

So it should be a great night. Chicago folks, I hope you come out.

So, I'm happy to report that both Drinking Liberally and Laughing Liberally Chicago will, in fact, go on… which is important to me. We have a great community of liberals and friends here in Chicago, and I am really going to miss the hell out you guys.

-Matt

Laughing Liberally Chicago This Wednesday!

Hey everybody,
It is nearly the 1st Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for Laughing Liberally Chicago!

Our lineup this month is insanely awesome. Check it out.

Chris Sowa- Standup
D-Nick the Microphone Misfit- Hip Hop
Ever Mainard- Standup
The Amazing Tomas- Magic
David Mascorro- Standup

Hosted, as always, by the Accountants of Homeland Security.

No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave
Wednesday, June 1st, 8pm, Free
Food and drinks available for purchase
Including $2 PBRs and $5 Burgers!

See you there!
-Matt
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Laughing Liberally Chicago w/ Author & Labor Lawyer Tom Geoghegan This Wed! (plus it's Mike Lee's last show!)

Hey everyone, it is nearly the 1st Wednesday of the month, which means that it's time for Laughing Liberally Chicago!

Our lineup this week is insanely awesome. Check it out.

Adam Burke- Standup
Thom Britton- Freak Show
Lauren Maul- Standup
Bob Rok- Hip Hop
Mike Lee- Standup

Our special guest this month is labor lawyer and author of Were You Born On The Wrong Continent, Tom Geoghegan!
Tom was supposed to be here in January, but the show got snowed out!

This is also Mike Lee's last show before he moves to Los Angeles, so come out and see Mike one last time!

Hosted, as always, by the Accountants of Homeland Security.

No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave
Wednesday, May 4th, 8pm, Free
Food and drinks available for purchase
Including $2 PBRs and $5 Burgers!

See you there!
-Matt
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New Talk Show Featuring Laughing Liberally Chicago Comedians

Hey everybody,

 

Apologies for the self-promotion here, but I wanted to let the Chicago Living Liberally community know about a new talk show on the web that features a whole slew of Laughing Liberally Chicago comics and guests.

 

The show is the creatively titled Matthew Filipowicz Show, and it features comedy from Laughing Liberally Chicago co-hosts Tim Grimes and James Bespalec-Davis from the Accountants of Homeland Security, as well as regular LL guests Lauren Maul, Frank Chow and Bob Rok (aka Nick Garcia). As well as Josh Bolotsky from Living Liberally national.

 

The show is a combination of liberal talk, news, comedy and interviews. Our interviews so far have included Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally co-founder Justin Krebs, Nixonland author Rick Perlstein, Cenk Uygur from the Young Turks and MSNBC, John Nichols, Greg Mitchell and Dave Zirin from the Nation Magazine, author Jeff Biggers, hip hop star Phillip Morris, Allison Kilkenny from Citizen Radio, Laughing Liberally founder Katie Halper, Mike Elk from In These Times, and a ton more.

 

There are new episodes that you can podcast both here and on iTunes every single Tuesday and Thursday.

 

And again, if it was just me, I wouldn't be promoting it here, but, again... since so many members of our Living Liberally Chicago community are involved, I thought it would be a shame if you didn't know about it.

 

See you at Drinking and Laughing Liberally!

-Matt

Laughing Liberally Chicago With The ACLU-IL's Ed Yohnka 4/6

Hey everyone,
It is almost the first Wednesday of the month, and that means that it's time for Laughing Liberally Chicago.

Our lineup this month is crazy cool. Check it out.

Brian Babylon- Standup
Jai Henry of the Minneapolis Henrys- Rock
Mike Lee- Standup
Brad French- Juggler
Rasa Gierstikas- Standup
Lisa Lauretta- Standup

Our special guest this month, is our friend Ed Yohnka from the ACLU-IL. Ed will be here to talk about the ACLU's recent report on the surveillance state here in Chicago.

Plus we're happy to announce the return of the Accountants of Homeland Security's own... Tim Grimes!
Yup, he's back, people!

No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave
Wednesday, April 6th, 8pm, Free
Food and drinks available for purchase
Including $2 PBRs and $5 Burgers!

See you there!
-Matt
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Laughing Liberally Next Wednesday w/ Anne Elizabeth Moore! Plus DL In The Press!

Hey everyone,
We are closing in on the first Wednesday of the month which means it's time for Laughing Liberally Chicago!

Our lineup this month is top to bottom awesome. Check it out.

Chris Sowa- Standup
Bob Rok- Hip Hop
Ever Mainard- Standup
The Amazing Tomas- Magic
Bryan Bowden- Standup

Plus, our interview this month is amazing artist and author, Anne Elizabeth Moore.

Hosted, as always, by the Accountants of Homeland Security.

No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave
Wednesday, March 2nd, 8pm, Free
Food and drinks available for purchase
Including $2 PBRs and $5 Burgers!

See you there!

Also, a writer from Northwestern attended our DL watch party, and wrote this great article about us! Check it out.

-Matt

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Laughing Liberally Chicago CANCELED tonight

Hey everyone,

Due to the blizzard, aka Snowpocalypse, aka Snowmageddon...
Laughing Liberally Chicago is canceled tonight.

So, stay dry, stay safe, stay warm, and we'll see you next month!

-Matt

Tim's Last Laughing Liberally Chicago with Time Magazine's Dawn Reiss

Hey everybody,

Happy New Year!

As most of you know, the Accountants of Homeland Security's own Tim Grimes is moving to Los Angeles and this will be his last show before he jets off to warmer climates.

And we are sending him off in style with a bunch of our favorite acts. Check it out.

James Fritz- Standup
Agents of Change- Rock
Lauren Maul- Standup
Thom Britton- Freak Show
Adam Burke- Standup

And our special guest this month is our good friend, Time Magazine's Chicago correspondent Dawn Reiss.

Hosted, as always, by the Accountants of Homeland Security. The Accountants are James Bespalec-Davis, Matthew Filipowicz, and Tim Grimes.

No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave
Wednesday, January 5th, 8pm, Free
Food and drinks available for purchase
Including $2 PBRs and $5 Burgers!

See you there!

-Matt

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