This comedy show takes place in a private room in the back of Timothy O’Toole’s Pub. Upon arrival, you will be guided to open seats by one of the people working the show. All the TVs are turned off and the full focus of the crowd is on the small stage which features a neon sign that reads Comedians You Should Know. The lights go off, the music comes on, and the host takes the stage. This pre-show efficiency quickly reveals this is a well-run show.
Marty DeRosa is the host and gets the show off to a great start. He shows off his great crowd skills by talking to an audience member about his Pokemon blog. Yes, this is just as ridiculous as it sounds. Also, he cannot stress this enough, “the bathrooms are at the back on the right.”
Conor Delehanty’s comedy is extremely alternative. “Who here is poor?” The crowd is silent. It is quite obvious that his act would get much more response in Logan Square than in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood.
Marz Timms ponders what would happen if there was a black people day in the style of St. Patrick’s Day. He concludes it would be too crazy to handle and that’s why they spread it out to Black History Month.
Kristen Toomey’s comedy is brash and in your face. Her performance makes the front row uncomfortable while simultaneously making the whole room laugh.
The show is well worth the $5 in advance / $10 at the door. Catch Comedians You Should Know every Wednesday at 9pm!