Showing posts with label Kevin Smith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kevin Smith. Show all posts

Friday, June 15, 2012

Seven Foot Bike Guy, Nick-TBS Just for Laughs Chicago (HD Vid Interview)

Check out our original HD video interview with Nick, owner of Sundance Bikes of South Carolina.   He created this rockin' SEVEN FOOT TALL BIKE and he's been ridin' high and makin' friends.    Why settle for a fixie when you can DIY up a fun, funky, true original!   

TBS Just for Laughs-Photo/ Video Kevin Smith Recap

Kevin Smith at Chicago Theater 6/14/12

TBS Just for Laughs Chicago continues

Over 100 comedians make Chi-Town funny ha-ha AND funny weird through this Sunday, June 17th.    Check out their main site here.    We had the great pleasure of checking out Kevin Smith (a not so silent version of Silent Bob) last night at Chicago Theater.    It was a pleasure to give away 10 tickets to our readers and to hear him get raunchy and real in a great Q & A.


At ChiIL Mama/ChiIL Live Shows, we've been doing a long running video exploration of How Creatives Parent and How Parents Create which you can check out here at our Pinterest Board.    I would love to catch up with Kevin Smith for a little one on one convo. about his wife and daughter.

Some great stuff came out at the Chicago Theater about how his family influences and inspires his creative work....from his wife's paranoid pot freak out to his toddler daughter's rocking out to theme music show credits, leading him to seek out a cameo appearance on one of their family favorites, Law and Order in 2000.   Smith is married to Jennifer Schwalbach Smith.   Their 13 year old daughter, Harley Quinn, was named for the Batman character.


Fan(atics) wait beside The Chicago Theater to get their memorabilia signed by Kevin Smith. 

Our favorite TBS promo was the 7
foot tall custom bike!   We scored an exclusive video interview with the
rider/bike creator/bike shop owner that we'll have up in the very near future.


Chi-town has character & characters! 

Even a street Tina came out to sing and dance with passers by! 

TBS Just for Laughs is ubiquitous this week.
  We saw their rickshaws and signage over outside of the Cubs game
yesterday and they had a bunch of billboard trucks outside of The
Chicago Theater last night.   They also had clever swag dispensers like a
free t-shirt vending machine that works with a Conan code and a human
roulette prize wheel.

There are still a ton of great shows going down Friday through Sunday.   Be sure to check out the full line up and performers' info here. 

Friday , June 15
Tom Dreesen - Should Comedians Pay to Perform 5:00 PM
Best of the Fest 7:00 PM buy tickets
Stuffed and Unstrung by Henson Alternative 7:00 PM buy tickets
The Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show 7:00 PM buy tickets
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive 7:30 PM buy tickets
John Oliver 7:30 PM buy tickets
Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies... 7:30 PM buy tickets
TBS LOL Lounge 7:30 PM buy tickets
ALONE: Chicago's Best Solo Acts 8:00 PM buy tickets
Chris D'Elia 8:00 PM buy tickets
The Bitter Buddha 8:00 PM buy tickets
Breakout Performers 8:30 PM
Kelly Carlin: A Carlin Home Companion 9:00 PM buy tickets
Matt Braunger 9:00 PM buy tickets
Set List 9:30 PM buy tickets
TBS LOL Lounge 9:30 PM buy tickets
Chris D'Elia 10:00 PM buy tickets
Jeff Ross Roasts Chicago 10:00 PM buy tickets
Never Been to Paris 10:00 PM buy tickets
5-Star Leading Ladies 10:30 PM
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive 10:30 PM buy tickets
Natasha Leggero 11:00 PM buy tickets
TJ Miller Presents Performance Anxiety 11:00 PM buy tickets
Set List 11:30 PM buy tickets
Scott Adsit and Jet Eveleth 11:59 PM buy tickets

Saturday , June 16
Tom Dreesen - The Joy Of Stand-Up Comedy And How To Get There 5:00 PM
Best of the Fest 7:00 PM buy tickets
Stuffed and Unstrung by Henson Alternative 7:00 PM buy tickets
The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour 7:00 PM buy tickets
Nick Offerman: American Ham 7:30 PM buy tickets
Sarah's Pro-Choice 7:30 PM buy tickets
Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies... 7:30 PM buy tickets
TBS LOL Lounge 7:30 PM buy tickets
ALONE: Chicago's Best Solo Acts 8:00 PM buy tickets
Chris D'Elia 8:00 PM buy tickets
Starting 5 8:30 PM
Best of the Fest 9:00 PM buy tickets
Pete Holmes - You Made It Weird 9:00 PM buy tickets
The Dan Band 9:00 PM buy tickets
Set List 9:30 PM buy tickets
TBS LOL Lounge 9:30 PM buy tickets
Chris D'Elia 10:00 PM buy tickets
Jeff Ross Roasts Chicago 10:00 PM buy tickets
Never Been to Paris 10:00 PM buy tickets
Nick Offerman: American Ham 10:00 PM buy tickets
Best of the Midwest 10:30 PM
Sarah's Pro-Choice 10:30 PM buy tickets
Brody Stevens 11:00 PM buy tickets
TJ Miller Presents Performance Anxiety 11:00 PM buy tickets
Set List 11:30 PM buy tickets

Sunday , June 17
Stuffed and Unstrung by Henson Alternative 7:00 PM buy tickets
Stage Time 8:00 PM
Vince Vaughn's Comedy Showcase 8:00 PM buy tickets
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Thursday , October 25
Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend 7:30 PM buy tickets
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Friday , October 26
Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend 7:30 PM buy tickets
Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend 10:00 PM buy tickets
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Saturday , October 27
Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend 7:30 PM buy tickets
Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend 10:00 PM buy tickets

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Congrats Kevin Smith Ticket Winners! TBS Epidemic Sweeps Chicago

You're in for a treat at Chicago Theatre tonight!   Congrats to the following five, whose evening is about to get a bit funnier.   Two free tickets will be waiting at the box office under your name (ID required).   The show is at 8PM.   ChiIL Live Shows will be there....will YOU?!

Click here for our prior Kevin Smith and TBS Just for Laughs Coverage 

ChiIL Live Shows/ChiIL Mama Winners:

*  Dominick Mayer
*  Sydney Hart
*  Amy Mueller
*  Dianna VonKunkle
*  Lynn Durkovic Nelson

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TBS Epidemic Sweeps Chicago

Symptoms:   Uncontrollable fits of laughter, sore facial muscles, improved outlook on life, guffas, chortles, snickers, and snorts.

Treatment:   Quarantine centers have been set up throughout the city at The Chicago Theatre, Bank of America Theatre, The Vic, The Beat Kitchen, Laugh Factory, UP Comedy Club, Lincoln Hall, Park West, The Playground Theater, iO Theater, Gene Siskel Film Center, Lincoln Lodge, The Comedy Bar, ShowPlace ICON, The Hideout, The Second City, Annoyance Theatre, Jokes & Notes, The House of Blues, & Victory Gardens!

Over 100 comedians/  The nation's biggest comedy festival will hit Chicago June 12-17 with an
astonishing array of comedians, sketch shows, specialty acts and films.
The line-up includes performances by Vince Vaughn, Aziz Ansari, Stephen
Merchant, Bill Engvall, Billy Gardell, John Pinette, and more.

About Just for Laughs Chicago
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group's
growth is concentrated on four major focal points: Festivals (in
Montreal, Toronto and Chicago); television production (most notably Gags
seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines); live shows (Canadian tour
dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the
Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour, North American dates for Family
Guy Live!); and talent management. 

Its inaugural Montreal Festival 30
years ago is now the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event
welcoming 2 million people each summer. The Group has offices in
Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and in a dark alley at the
end of the street.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Play Locally: Shows On Our Hot List TONIGHT! #Giveaway

 Last day of 5th grade and 3rd grade for the punk kin

Today's THE Last Day of School for CPS (except for that odd, optional ONE hour on Thurs morning?!).   Du-Jay & Sagezilla Rock the Wear Anything (Non Uniform) Day.   Buh bye blue polo shirts till August 13th!!

School's out for summer..........If school's also out forever for you, you're likely old enough for our hot 21+ shows.   If not...we've got funky, family friendly recommendations, too.

We adore our kids, but love to get out with AND without them.

Tonight-Tuesday 6/12/12

First for the With:

Act Out-Theatre Opening Tonight

The Nanning Art Theatre-Legend of the Sun at Auditorium Theatre

We've been promoting this one and now it's here, for two days only!!   Don't miss this one.   Du-Jay, Sagezilla and ChiIL Mama will be there for opening night tonight.  Highly recommended.  Get your tickets now, if you haven't already.   Family friendly.

Here are the basics from Auditorium Theatre's site:
The Nanning Art Theatre - Legend of the Sun
Presented by the China Arts & Entertainment Group in
association with Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Chicago Chinese
Cultural Institute

Venue: Auditorium Theatre

Dates: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Times: 7:30 pm

Price: $55-$17.50

Legend of the Sun, a unique, large-scale dance drama
based on a centuries-old Chinese folk tale, makes its U.S. debut at the
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Both exquisitely beautiful
and joyously uplifting, this inspired work features more than 60 dancers
while showcasing the songs, dances and traditions of China�s Zhuang
ethnic minority.
The piece also incorporates elements of Western modern
dance and music.

Now for the Without:  

Act Out-Theatre Opening Tonight

Henson Alternative Stuffed and Unstrung

Leave the littles at home for this puppet show.   This raunchy improv show is rated R and recommended for 17+ or mature underagers accompanied by an adult.   We can't wait to check it out.    Get your tixs today.   This is a short one week run.   Here's the poop on these potty mouthed puppeteers from our friends at Broadway in Chicago.

Stuffed and Unstrung

Theatre : Bank of America Theatre, Chicago Illinois

Dates : June 12, 2012 - June 17, 2012

Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission
*This show is rated R and contains language and themes that are not intended for unaccompanied children under the age of 17.

**JUST ANNOUNCED! BRIAN HENSON to perform at Tuesday June 12, Wednesday June 13, and Thursday June 14 shows!**

STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG, a live uncensored show that lets loose the perilous and provocative elements of comedic improvisation on stage with a bunch of puppets. Produced by WestBeth Entertainment and Henson Alternative, STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG was created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson and actor and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow and features the Miskreant puppets and The Jim Henson Company's renowned puppeteers.

STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG is a wild romp in which the skilled art of puppetry and spontaneous comedy collide. Unpredictable and irreverent, it's never the same show twice. Expert puppeteers create twisted scenes and songs on the fly, as suggestions from the audience prompt the improvised storylines unfolding on stage. This production delivers "two shows in one" as the hilarious puppet action is projected live on large screens flanking the stage, while the puppeteers race around below - displaying their skills in full view of the audience. With live musical accompaniment and Bristow as host, STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG boasts a cast of six world-class puppeteers in an uninhibited live puppet performance. 

STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG evolved from Henson's production "Puppet Up! -Uncensored," which made its debut at the 2006 HBO Comedy Festival (Aspen, CO) and later toured to the 2006 Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), The 2007 Comedy Festival (Las Vegas, NV), and Australia's Sydney Big Laugh Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (both 2007). The 2010 Off Broadway engagement of STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG marked the debut of this completely revamped production featuring all new technical wizardry with original music and staging. STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG appeared alongside Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Grammy Awards and was featured on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice in 2012.

*This show is part of the TBS Just For Laughs Chicago festival all over our city this week.   Chi-Town will be funny ha-ha and funny weird all week long.     Click the link above for all the venues, shows, and details and see your fav TV shows come to life with the dynamic of LIVE comedy.

**You still have till midnight tonight to enter to win one of 5 pairs of tixs to see Kevin Smith (AKA:   Silent Bob) in a not so silent show at The Chicago Theatre.   Click here to enter.**

photo credit:   8 Eyes Photography

Mucca Pazza CD Sneak Peek Party at Hideout 21+(sold out)   If you had the foresight to snag a ticket, I'll see you there.   If you were a punk slacker and did not, check out ChiIL Mama/ChiIL Live Shows in the very near future for our photo filled recap.  We also have some amazing original live video footage and stills from March Fourth, Portland's version of Mucca Pazza.   We'll be reviewing Mucca Pazza's upcoming release, Safety Fifth and March Fourth's newest as well!

Here's the secret scoop about tonight from Hideout:

Mucca Pazza
Mucca Pazza
Pazza has been called a lot of things in its day - abnormal,
discordant, uncouth, indecorous, malodorous, %$@# crazy - but one word
that's never popped up in any description of those voluminous marching
freaks is 'sneaky'...

...until now!

MUCCA PAZZA is inviting you to the official


for their new record SAFETY FIFTH
available NOW for PRE-ORDER through Electric Cowbell Records!

You're invited to a once-or-twice-in-a-lifetime event at the Hideout, in
celebration of our new record, Safety Fifth, which will be performed in
its entirety! You've never been this intimate with a marching band
before! There will be brassy spaz-outs, there will be guitar freak-outs,
there will be obscure drum rudiments, there will be absurd cheers,
there will be an accordion, a sousaphone, fish on the wall, beer, there
might even be music stands!
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642


Thursday, June 7, 2012

5 Free Pairs of Tixs to See Kevin Smith on 6/14 #Giveaway

My husband, Dug, & *Joey Lauren Adams--Insomniac With Dave Attell Shoot (boom mic just out of frame)

My husband sticks his hands down celebs shirts for a living.  I shoot rock stars and am in and out of tour buses and back stage green rooms all the time.   Luckily neither of us is the jealous type, and sometimes "it's not what it looks like" really does apply.   It's a cool job sometimes....but it's a job nonetheless.   Sometimes there is a mic or power pack on the end of those hands in the waistband or bra, and the blonde getting off the tour bus really is conducting interviews.   

All the musicians I've met have been completely professional and the line between groupie and working press has never come into question.  It's the guy fans who smirk knowingly at me and quip "What do you have to do to get a photo pass, eh?!"   Hmmmm.   Maybe you have to be a working member of the press or a solid photographer/videographer/writer.   Didn't hear them ask any of the male shooters in the pit next to me....

Dug says the same thing about putting mics on TV and film celebs.  They're the pros....they're used to it and they "get it".  It's the regular people who freak a little at the invasion of privacy.  Fortunately I'm not weirded out that my husband's had his hands on everyone from Julia Roberts to Giuliana Rancic.

Amazingly enough, in 3 days, Dug and I will have been married for 12 years, and we've been monogamously together since 1997.  With the vast majority of our friends divorced, that's an accomplishment.  This August 18th, my parents are celebrating their 50th Anniversary together!

So, in honor of love--long lasting, newly dating, BFF, and whatever configuration works for you....we've got FIVE pairs of tickets for a date night out to see film icon, Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Mallrats).  He will treat fans to a special evening and Q&A, a week from today, Thursday, June 14, at 8pm at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street.   His appearance is part of the

TBS Just For Laughs Chicago festival

We adore Kevin Smith's prolific and quirky style, and we aren't afraid to admit to having adult friends who collect Jay and Silent Bob dolls and other memorabilia.   We dig his films and his genre crossing creativity.   This is sure to be an amusing night to remember and we're stoked to be able to give away 10 tickets to you...our readers.

Here's his official bio from the TBS Just for Laughs Site:

There's "prolific," and then there's Kevin Smith, who in addition to a
storied film career and being a NY Times Best Selling Author and reality
TV star, hosts the weekly, wildly popular podcast SModcast alongside buddy Scott Mosier. He has spent nearly 20 years as a writer/director making Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out, Red State,
and a producing several other films, all receiving acclaim and praise.
Plus, he's released three DVDs of Q&A sessions, and several cable
specials, including the EPIX original Kevin Smith: Too Fat For 40. He's published two books full of essays and blog postings (Silent Bob Speaks and the best-selling My Boring-Ass Life), as well as Shooting the Shit with Kevin Smith - a collection of the best material from SModcast.
One of the first filmmakers to venture into cyberspace, Smith has
legions of fans who follow his podcasting and comic book-writing; and
hey, maybe they even visit his comic book store Jay and Silent Bob's
Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey.  

*Wikipedia excerpt Joey Lauren Adams:

...Adams appeared in Mallrats, written and directed by Kevin Smith.
The two started dating during the film's post-production, and their
relationship provided the inspiration for Smith's next movie.

Meanwhile, in 1996, while Smith was finalizing the script for Chasing Amy, she was cast for a role in the slapstick comedy Bio-Dome, which was directed by Jason Bloom. Adams played the role of Monique, girlfriend to Bud Macintosh (Pauly Shore).

In 1997's Chasing Amy, Smith cast Adams in the lead role of Alyssa Jones, a lesbian who falls in love with a man, played by Ben Affleck. Later, Smith would describe Chasing Amy as a "sort of penance/valentine" and a "thank-you homage" to Adams.[3] In addition to her acting work on the film, Adams wrote and performed the song "Alive" for the movie's soundtrack.

Adams' performance in Chasing Amy earned her both the 1997 Chicago Film Critics Award and Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Most Promising Actress, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. From there, Adams was originally slated to play the female lead in Smith's next film, 1999's Dogma, but Linda Fiorentino ultimately got the part.[4] However, she would later make brief appearances in two other Smith projects: the 2001 film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and the 2004 animated short Clerks: The Lost Scene, featured on the Clerks X DVD. In both of these appearances, Adams reprised the role of Alyssa Jones.

**My husband and the Insomniac crew ran into Joey in her home town of little rock, while shooting with Dave Attell.   Dug can also be seen on screen in that Insomniac episode, sticking a mic down the shirt of Connie Hamzy  AKA:   Sweet Connie of Little Rock (who BTW didn't just interview & shoot bands, but was in fact a groupie who claimed to have sex with numerous bands' members).    Attell burst in on my husband and Connie in the back room. while Dug was placing the mic and teasingly did an improv bit about...."What are you doing?    You're just the sound guy.   You know the order.   She does me, then the cameraman, then you."    When it aired later, he promised me it was only a gag.......  

Hamzy is mentioned in Grand Funk Railroad's song "We're an American Band" ("Sweet, sweet Connie, doin' her act/ She had the whole show and that's a natural fact.")Wikipedia

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