Clear your calendar - It's going down! Splash Blocks kicks off on April 21st, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. Splash HQ (122 W 26th St) is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. This is going to be epic!
Lounge lizard Buddy Cole from Kids in the Hall makes a return to the limelight in an evening of humorous monologues from the period the show went off the air in 1995 to the present day.
Well known to fans as a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, Scott Thompson is anything but your average comedic talent. After Lorne Michaels discovered them in the late eighties, The Kids in the Hall created a groundbreaking television series which ran from 1989 to 1995 on CBC in Canada and on HBO and CBS in the United States. After the Kids left television in 1995, Scott and the boys went on to write and star in their own feature film, the cult favorite Brain Candy. Thompson appeared as a regular for three years on Garry Shandling’s revolutionary comedy series The Larry Sanders Show as Brian, the assistant to Hank Kingsley. In this period and afterwards, he made numerous guest appearances on various talk shows such as Politically Incorrect, The Late Show with David Letterman and was a regular fixture on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Thompson along with Paul Bellini, is the author of Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole, a hilarious memoir of one of Thompson’s most famous characters, bon vivant Buddy Cole. He has appeared in such feature films as Ron Ronnie Run, The Pacifier and Mickey Blue Eyes and such television series as Hannibal, Reno 911!, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Carpoolers, The Odd Squad, Man Seeking Woman, Touched by an Angel and Degrassi High. He has also worked on various animation projects, as the titular character in the popular children's television series Roboroach, and in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Simpsons and American Dad.
I only listen to mountain goats
A collaboration between Night Vale Presents, the Mountain Goats, and Merge Records, I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats is a podcast about what it means to be an artist, what it means to be a fan, and what it means to be, as many people are, both at once.
The show finds Joseph Fink, creator of Welcome to Night Valeand Alice Isn’t Dead, in conversation with one of his artistic heroes, John Darnielle, singer and songwriter of the Mountain Goats. Season One explores the stories behind the Mountain Goats’ album All Hail West Texas, one song at a time.
In each episode, John, Joseph, and special guests discuss songwriting, storytelling, current events, and the art and artists that inspire them. Each episode will also premiere a brand new cover version of the song discussed that week, recorded just for the podcast by artists like Amanda Palmer, Andrew Bird, and Dessa.
A Conversation with The Onion moderated by Tom Scharpling
Since its founding in 1988, The Onion has attracted millions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention. In a rare peek behind the scenes of America’s Finest News Source, current and former staff from The Onion will gather to celebrate and discuss thirty years as the world’s most popular satirical news outlet with Tom Scharpling from the comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster and host of The Best Show. We will also make some time to field questions from any of the slobbering dopes in attendance.
The wildly popular Earwolf podcast, Hollywood Handbook makes their Chicago debut during The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival this year! An insider’s guide to achieving your showbiz dreams from two A-List it-boys who are living theirs. Hayes and Sean provide an exclusive VIP backstage pass into Tinseltown politics, answer questions from unsuccessful listeners, and bring in famous guests to discuss their craft and how they became what they are (famous).
Bitch sesh live
Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Danielle Schneider (The Hotwives of Orlando) bring you a live version of their hilarious podcast Bitch Sesh. They’ll deep dive into all things Real Housewives, unpack pertinent pop culture goings on and continue to process and hopefully come to accept Julia Roberts wig in “Mother’s Day.” One day at a time. Join them for dramatic reenactments, audience questions, clips and more. You won’t want to miss this very important, nay – life altering, evening.
The writers and editors of ClickHole.com, the internet's leader in viral spew, are here to deliver a fast-paced carousel of performances and presentations from some of the world's most inspiring, loud, and tragic figures.
Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer, and producer on stage and screens both big and small. Named one of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central, Cross last toured the world with “Make America Great Again!,” which took him across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The tour spawned a Netflix special which premiered in August 2016, and a Grammy-nominated CD of the same name. The set, which discussed then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump, gun control laws, and religion, was the comedian’s first standup tour in nearly six years. He had last toured in 2009 with a solo stand-up show in support of his New York Times Bestseller, I Drink for a Reason. That hugely successful comedy show was filmed at Boston's Wilbur Theater for a special, entitled “Bigger and Blackerer,” which premiered on EPIX in April 2010 before being released on CD and DVD by Sub Pop. His previous comedy special, "David Cross: The Pride is Back," aired on HBO in 1999, and was named one of the 25 best stand-up comedy specials and concert films of all time by ROLLING STONE in July 2015. Cross has released two other comedy albums – the Grammy Award- nominated, “Shut Up You Fucking Baby” and “It's Not Funny.” In 2003 he released the DVD, "Let America Laugh," a documentary film of his groundbreaking stand up tour of alternative, indie rock clubs.
Bob Odenkirk & Friends for The Comedy Resistance
The Comedy Resistance comes to Chicago! Join Bob Odenkirk and special guests for an amazing night of laughs and activism. You never know who will show up!
All proceeds from the event will go towards The Comedy Resistance’s mission of to create a comedy platform that transforms a passive political audience to activate voters and activists for a wave of electoral change in 2018 and beyond.
How Did This Get Made?
Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s good? Paul Scheer (The League & Veep), Jason Mantzoukas (The League & The House) and June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie, New Girl) are experts in the best of the worst of cinema. On each episode of their Award Winning podcast, HOW DID THIS GET MADE? they gather with their funniest friends and subject themselves to a cinematic nightmare and report back to you with the results.
With over 160 episodes, past guests have included Adam Scott, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Patton Oswalt, Whitney Cummings, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Gillian Jacobs, Vanilla Ice, Chris Hardwick, Chelsea Peretti, Pete Davidson, Kumail Nanjiani, Scott Aukerman and many more.
Every episode features the deconstruction and mockery of one particular film such as ‘Surf Ninjas’, ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’, ’The Room’, and the entire ’Fast and Furious’ franchise.
With sold out shows across the country, each live episode is truly unique as the audience gets to play a part in the show by asking questions of the hosts and coming up with impromptu songs for segments of the show and seeing one of a kind clips.
HOW DID THIS GET MADE? has been voted "The Best Comedy Podcast" by LA Weekly, one of Vogue's 'Best Podcasts to Listen to Now’, one of TIME Magazine’s ’50 Best Podcasts’, one of Entertainment Weekly's '15 Podcasts That Will Give You A Break From Reality’, one of Vulture's 'Funny and Fascinating Podcasts”, one of Backstage's 'Podcasts to Inspire and Entertain You’, as well as being listed as one of the Top Film podcast’s in The Washington Post and is also consistently one of the Top 10 most downloaded comedy podcasts.
PAUL SCHEER is most known as a star of the FX series 'The League' and also as the co-creator and one of the stars of the cult MTV sketch series, Human Giant as well as the Adult Swim action-comedy series NTSF:SD:SUV::. He has regularly been seen on the HBO comedy, 'Veep', the ABC sitcom, 'Fresh Off The Boat', Netflix's 'Wet Hot American Summer' and 'Lady Dynamite.' He'll next appear in the James Franco directed film, 'The Disaster Artist' and alongside Chance the Rapper in 'Slice.’
JASON MANTZOUKAS is best known for his starring role in the Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler film THE HOUSE as well as his recurring role as Rafi in the FX comedy series 'The League'. You can also see him in 'Brooklyn 99', 'Transparent', 'I'm Sorry', and the upcoming independent film, THE LONG DUMB ROAD, co-starring Tony Revolori. Mantzoukas has also appeared in such films as THE DICTATOR, SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, THEY CAME TOGETHER, and HOW TO BE SINGLE.
JUNE DIANE RAPHAEL is best known for starring in comedy programs such as Burning Love, Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV:: and is currently in the Netflix series 'Grace and Frankie'. You can also see her in 'New Girl', 'Lady Dynamite' and 'American Dad'. Notable film work includes supporting roles in YEAR ONE and ZODIAC, as well as her 2013 Sundance film ASS BACKWARDS, which she co-wrote and starred in with her creative partner Casey Wilson. She is also co-authoring a book to help women get into politics titled “The Badass Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World,” which will be released in 2019.
JO FIRESTONE is a New York-based comedian, actress, and writer. She has been hailed as one of the most unique voices in American comedy, hosting over 40 different formats of live performances including her popular PUNDERDOME 3000, NYC’s INNER BEAUTY PAGEANT, and her touring show FRIENDS OF SINGLE PEOPLE. A current writer on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON and a former writer for THE CHRIS GETHARD SHOW, JO can be seen in HBO’s HIGH MAINTENANCE and was featured in the JAKE AND AMIR pilot for TBS. Her half-hour special COMEDY CENTRAL STAND-UP PRESENTS: JO FIRESTONE premiered this September 2017.
JO was named one of the New Faces of Comedy at the 2016 JFL Comedy Festival, and was one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch for 2015 and Rolling Stone’s Comedians You Should Know in Summer 2017. In June 2016, JO’s long-running NY live show PUNDERDOME 3000 was made into a card game published by Random House, and quickly became the #1 bestselling card game Amazon. Over the past year, JO has performed at Riot LA, The New York Comedy Festival, and Outside Lands and will be seen at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival and Colossal Clusterfest.
COMEDY CENTRAL SPECIAL: Comedy Central Presents: Jo Firestone
Helltrap Nightmare hosted by Sarah Sherman is a night of comedy horror and noise music terror that has garnered a cult following as well as critical acclaim for its unique(ly debased) format that allows experimental musicians and alt stand-up comics to share the stage in order to perform their wildest and most radical material.
JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN
JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN and BAILIFF JESSE THORN are riding the circuit to bring LIVE JUSTICE to a stage near you.
Direct from JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN PODCAST (named FIFTEENTH in Rolling Stone’s top 20 comedy podcasts!), Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Thorn are bringing their mix of non-swearing comedy, pop culture obsession, and sheer, unadulterated FAKE LEGAL WISDOM to the stage.
Along with surprises, special guests, and live justice lightning rounds, each show will feature a number of live hearings between people in YOUR TOWN. Judge Hodgman will listen to both sides and then tell them WHO IS RIGHT and WHO IS WRONG.
Previous disputes have included:
-is a hot dog a sandwich? -when is it may someone else’s Chinese food be legally considered abandoned property? -is it OK to rifle through the trash for prize coupons in a Canadian pizza parlor? -will you order my mom to buy me a motorcycle and a vape pen?
If you have a long-simmering fight with a friend or loved one that you’d finally like resolved, submit your case to maximumfun.org/jjho and specify that you wish to be heard LIVE ON STAGE and tell us where you live. If we pick your case, YOU GET IN FREE.
Or, just shut your pie hole and come and enjoy this very rare live tour of JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN: LIVE JUSTICE.
John and Jesse will be meeting and greeting you all after the show.
Chris Gethard is the host and star of Funny or Die's “The Chris Gethard Show” on TruTV and the host of the popular Earwolf podcast “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People.”
Chris recently starred in the Mike Birbiglia film, “Don’t Think Twice” and can be seen as ‘Todd’ on Comedy Central’s “Broad City.” Other credits include Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and the film “The Heat.” Chris is the author of the book “A Bad Idea I’m About to Do” and his first stand-up album (“My Comedy Album”) debuted at # 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart in 2014.
Chris's one man show, “Career Suicide” (produced by Judd Apatow) just premiered on HBO after completing a successful off-broadway run at The Lynn Redgrave Theatre in NYC.