This week’s Culture Vultures recommend … Patsy Cline cover band Weepin’ Willows, ComJourn.com, Destruction Myth
By Joey Jachowski and Drew Hunt
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Destruction Myth You know how in your group of friends there’s always the zeitgeisty one with the impressive coffee table? Mine’s named Melody Kamali and this collection of poems has been on her coffee table for almost two years now, surviving many rearrangements. I finally ran out of ways to comment on the cover art (it really is interesting!) and asked to borrow it. I read it all in one night. Mathias Svalina, a Chicago native, ironically opens Destruction Myth with a series of absurd creation myths. In the first one, the universe is created when Larry Bird retires to his basement to build tiny watches. In another, the universe came out of a tuba that just wanted to play polka music. This imaginative series of poems, all titled “Creation Myth,” leads up to 13-part destruction myth. I don’t want to give out any spoilers but just know that in the end, there will be taffy, “a knotted strand of bleach-blonde hair,” and an episode of Cheers.
I had a chance to talk with Brain Babylon about ‘Here’s Your Rape’ for the WBEZ morning show! Be sure to listen at 9:45 am on 91.5!
Double Header Featuring Kelsie Huff Double Header brings you the most promising stand-up comics in Chicago alongside two of the strongest headliners in town. Each night will feature the same supporting lineup, but in different roles, so audiences are guaranteed two entirely different shows. Local comedian Kelsie Huff headlines Friday’s Double Header performance. Huff writes and performs one woman shows around the city and her most recent show “Bruiser: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy” garnered rave reviews. Time Out Chicago wrote, “Huff animates her 60-mintue solo show with an elastic face and a striking gaze, the irises of her aquamarine eyes popping from the whites like double exclamation points…wicked sense of timing and knack for surprise.” Huff currently performs stand-up around Chicagoland and leads the all lady comedy showcase, the kates, at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square and coproduces and performs in Stardust Showcase at Undergound Lounge in Wrigleyville. Website: http://www.kelsiehuff.com/
Dave Stinton has been writing and performing in Chicago for 15 years. He’s been a frequent storyteller around town, at “This Much Is True,” “Story Club,” and “SKALD,” and his play “Let There Be Light” (co-written with Jen Ellison) was selected for the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival. He has opened for such comedians as Dan Telfer and [FILL IN NAMES OF OTHER FAMOUS COMEDIANS AS YOU OPEN FOR THEM].
Next UP Spotlight
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- When: Thursday 02/16/12 9:30 PM
- Ticket Price: $10.00
- Show Type: Comedy
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LOCAL NEWSWIRELocal comedian getting a little Internet buzz for her bit about rape
By Alyssa Vitale Feb
Chicago’s Rogers Park is one of those city neighborhoods where families and cute old ladies stroll by day, but mysterious, shadowy figures thrive by night. It’s the kind of neighborhood that can be ridiculously bipolar between the day and night—but one way to cope with that creepy experience of nighttime worries is to make jokes on jokes about the situation. Comedian Ever Mainard did just that in a set at Chicago Underground Comedy, taking the sometimes spooky experience of walking alone at night in the RoPa and creating unavoidably funny rapist/racist jokes. The set is maybe a little bit awkward, but, trust us, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Her stand-up routine has even won the approval of ultra-feminist Jezebel, so you know you can put down your pitchforks and torches for the time being.
STAND-UP OF THE DAY - 2/2: Here’s Your Rape! | Ever Mainard” —The Apiary
Ever Mainard Breaks The Rules; Conquers The Internet
by Elizabeth McQuern on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 2:28pm
Ever Mainard on JezebelAs some of you may know, last Tuesday, at the tail end of an already excellent show, Ever Mainard did a set at Chicago Underground Comedy that blew a lot of people’s doors off. She discussed a real (and painfully recent) incident where she had a terrifying encounter with a sketchy dude at the Morse stop on the Red Line. She openly broached an extremely sensitive subject (the fear of sexual assault) and, in doing so, dipped a toe in some dangerous comedic waters.
Anyone who’s done stand-up for any length of time has sat through terrible open mics and listened to terrible comics tell terrible jokes about the “terrible two” (yes, I just made that up): rape and abortion. 99.4% of all jokes that touch on these subjects are gaggingly awful attempts at shock-value comedy.
But we knew even before she walked off the stage that her set was one of the rare exceptions to this rule. It was honest, and raw, and rough - and had the entire room of men and women laughing. Not just the “ha ha, and clever juxtaposition of words and ideas” laugh, or the “ha ha, that caught me by surprise” laugh, but a - bear with me for using such a grandiose word here - transcendent laugh. You could hear a tone of “this has been my experience, too” in the laughter. And more than a hint of “this girl is blowing my mind” in the laughter.
She was discussing something terribly painful that most people avoid acknowledging or discussing in regular conversation, and she was doing it ONSTAGE. And she was owning it, and reforming it, and channeling it into something entirely new.
It was something really special. People stuck around after the show to tell her so, and asked us to put the clip online, so their friends could see it.
The next morning, Ever asked me to put her set online, so I edited it up all slick and pretty (even was inspired to write a new bit of music!), and uploaded it, texting with her all the while. Shortly thereafter, I asked her “What would you think about me titling this clip ‘Here’s Your Rape?’” (a line she repeats in the bit). With both of us knowing full well the it might open up a whole can of ugly internet worms, she said yes, and I changed the title. (Here’s the clip: http://youtu.be/29ArdxWYBGQ)
Then I spent about an hour emailing various online media outlets I thought might be interested in posting and commenting on it. Feminist blogs, gay blogs, Chicago blogs, comedy blogs, street harassment blogs, and even public transportation-related blogs. LOTS of positive response, and lots of reposting.
Below is a sample of the places where Ever’s “Here’s Your Rape” video has been posted online. The Jezebel post (as of right now) has been read over 32,000 times, and the count on my YouTube posting is stuck at just under 5,000, which I know from experience means it’s getting tons and tons of hits (which will show up in the hit count sometime later).
“Ever Mainard proves that rape jokes can be funny — in this case, funny because they’re true.”
“Mainard makes a lot of excellent (and hilarious) points in this clip”
“Local comic Ever Mainard had a set this past Tuesday at Chicago Underground Comedy that people are still talking about.”
“Perfect example of how joking about rape can be funny if it’s clever, insightful, honest and/or you know - funny. The “here’s my rape” thing is something every woman can relate to, which is sad, but she keeps it from getting too dark by staying wonderfully absurd.”
“Props to Chicago funny lady…@evermainard for getting props from @Jezebel!”
“this is fantastic. I pretty much think this all the time.”
“it’s funny because it’s true; i can’t count how many times i’ve been walking by myself and thought this.”
We’re very proud of Ever. ❤❤