Shenanigan’s Comedy Challenge Semi Final Round
The fact that the recent NATO Summit and protests amounted to a little less excitment than a college football game and I am laughing about it can only mean one thing, it’s thursday night and I am at Shenanigan’s Comedy Challenge. As host Terry Donlon points out, if you are an anarchist you measure success in 3 ways:
- Property Destruction
- Medical Bills
- Body Counts
This folks protesting this past weekend here in Chicago were about as rowdy as a Northwestern vs Columbia game. Come on guys get real this is Chicago we can handle whatever you want to bring.
Being a semi final round the stage was set for Elaine Osgood and Colin Bullock to compete to move on. As is customary in the semi final rounds there were also a couple of non competing guest comics. Opening up the night Dobber, a previous participant in the challenge, with a bit wondering if when deaf parents argue in sign language if their kids just ignore the fight by closing their eyes. His best bit of the night was a discussion on the power the Mother Against Drunk Driving now have in our society. Examining the warning labels gives some serious insight into this groups reach. First it was Don’t Drink & Drive, then Don’t Drink and operate Heavy Machinery, now it is Don’t Drink and operate Machinery. Come on ladies I can’t have a beer and then brush my teeth..
Leauren McKeaney another past participant was the second guest comic of the night. This pint sized lady is very funny and has complete changed my opinions on a couple of subjects. Her opening bit about growing up in the business is very funny, and her teachers must have loved parent teacher day. Bartends must get a big kick out of how Lauren orders drinks, “what can I get you to drink”, Whatever, I will swallow anything – very funny stuff. Only Lauren’s fourth appearance under the light, she is a promising young comic.
The Semi Final is pitting to great comics, Elaine Osgood and Colin Bullock.
Elaine was first up and truely delievered. The 28 and single bit was very funny and some day I hope to be invited to her house on Monday – pantless night for Elaine and her 2 roomies. Continue down the road that mom and dad my be wondering about their daughter sexuality, Elaine wonders about the change in moral values in an effort to have grand kids. Elaine are you having sex her mom askes, the response is yes lots of it. Mom goes on to say are you using protect, of course mother I’m not stupid. Mom’s response…yea you would, your father and I aren’t getting any younger.
Trying to figure out men seems a bit challenging. Men love baskball and men love women – put the 2 together as in women’s basketball and you have a boring piece of shit.
Her performance was outstanding and the crowd was entertained from the beginning.
Colin Bullock walks on to stage like an ackword kid who might have been picked last in gym class. He begin his performace discussing the fact that he may be a little less fashion forward than most and the folks that mention to him that 1993 called should be using their powers of time travel for better purposes. Every heard of the term Texas Fat – that is when with 2 good weeks of work outs you’d be in pretty good shape, however with one good week of parties you could be dead, funny stuff. Colin wrapped up his show with two of the funnest bits I’ve every heard. Let’s just say his girl friend doesn’t consider eating pumpkin pie filling from a can on the couch without pants a pie eating contest.
You have to hear his story about Southern IL. Let’s just say they have an interesting way to get pregnant in the southern part of the state.
Both of the semi-finalist gave fantastic performances. In the end Colin won the semi and is moving on to the finals. At this point I would make him the favorite to win it all. He is one of the funniest people I’ve seen. It would surprise me to see him on TV real soon. Elaine also gave a great performance and sometimes it is the luck of draw. I would rank her very high amoung the shows I’ve seen so far.
If you are looking for something to do in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood next Thursday give the comedy challenge a try.