August 2016 Showcase

Hot damn, this month’s Small-Time Special is is cooler than a 24 pack’a Pabst Popsicle, which we will also have for FREE as usual*!

This month our bang-a-rang lineup is:

Headliner:
Kristen Toomey (Comedians You Should Know, Laugh Factory)

Features:
Jason Earl Folks (Cole’s Comedy Cabaret)
Kyle Parks (Crab Juice Comedy)

After the show, we have an open mic where you can see some of Chicago’s up-and-comers, and occasionally a drop-in from vet, work on new stuff!

Text “spot” to 773-800-0120 for a 4 minute spot on the open mic!

*Please note: not actual popsicles. Just 12 oz cans of cool, cold, FREE Pabst Blue Ribbon!

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Small-time Special Turns One Year Old

The next show is on July 23rd, 2016 at 9PM.

This is the one year anniversary show!

Your featured performers:

Adam Kroshus
Cameron Gillette
Natalie Jose
Marty DeRosa

As always, there will be an open mic immediately after the showcase. To get a spot on the open mic you must text “spot” to 773-800-0120.

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April 2016 Showcase!

Small-Time Special is here once again to give you some ice cold brooze and some of the best comedy in the city, all for FREE! Free, great comedy and free, cold beer? Damn, that’s a helluva deal!

This month, co-producer Ryan Croft hosts an insanely funny lineup:

Heather King (from Oklahoma)
Darius Kennedy (Entertainment Chicago Live)
Nicky Martin (Desperate Collectors)
Timmy Whitzell (WIP Theater, Chicago comedy legend)

Catch some of Chicago’s funniest comics trying out NEW material at the open mic, right after the show!

See you on the 23rd, duuudes!

March 2016 Showcase!

WHEN: March 26th, 2016
WHERE: Chicago Actors Studio (2040 N Elston Ave)

This show just keeps getting better and the beer stays as free as ever!

Known for her quick wit and ability to take her set hilariously off the rails before bringing it right back on point, headliner Sonia Denise performs all over Chicago and runs the Logan Square showcase Congrats on Your Success. You can also catch her running one of the best open mic’s in the city every Wednesday at Cole’s Bar!

Featuring: Mike O’Keefe – one of Chicago Tribune’s “Comics to Watch”

with Shannon Noll (100 Proof Comedy, The Annoyance Theater) and Angela Vela (Seven Deadly Sins, WIP Theater)

The show and the beer are, as always, free and you can stick around afterward to catch some of Chicago’s up-and-comers try out new material during the open mic!

At the intersection of Ashland & Elston. Free parking in the Best Buy parking lot.

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February 2016 Showcase

We have another sick lineup for this month’s show followed by an open mic, all with some free cold beer (and/or feel free to bring your own booze of choice).

February 27 (4th Saturday of the month)!

Show’s @ 9 p.m. with:

Headliner: Sean White (Laugh Factory’s BEEF, stand-up album Dead & Gone out now on iTunes)

Brandon Kieffer (Dope Boys Comedy, No Shame Theatre)
Claire Swanson (Under the Gun Theater)
Faizan Hussain (The Other Hour, Brian Posehn)

Mic’s after the show, around 1030.

Sign up for the mic will begin at 3PM and is handled using an automated text message system. Sign up by texting “spot” to 773-800-0120.

Ashland & Elston. Parking in the Best Buy lot.

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Jan 2016 Showcase!

The next comedy show is on Saturday, Jan 23rd at 9PM at Chicago Actors Studio (2040 N Elston Ave).

The following comedians will perform:

Junior Stopka
Rudy Schultz
Joe Alden McMahon
Josh Ejnes

An open mic will happen immediately after the showcase, at around 10:30pm. To signup for the open mic, text “spot” to 773-800-0120. This is an automated system, not a person.

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First showcase!

Small-time Special’s first showcase is on Saturday Oct 24th, 2015 at 9:00PM. Doors open at 8:30PM.

Stand-up from comedians Zach PetersonAaron SutherlandBen Banach and Paul Miller!

The show is free to attend and the venue is byob. Parking is allowed in the best buy parking lot on Elston ave. just up the street from the venue.

Chicago Actors Studio is at 2040 N Elston ave.

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Oct 2015 Showcase!

A small change to small-time special

Small-time special has a small following, so a small amount of people know how small it is. Well, it just got even smaller.

We’ve decided to make it a monthly comedy showcase, instead of a twice-a-month open mic. It used to be every other Saturday, now it’s once a month, either on the third or fourth Saturday.

It was a very easy decision to make, because open mikes aren’t exactly fun to watch all the time. Most people are very bad at comedy, and don’t belong in front of an audience. There is nothing wrong with this, it’s just not pleasurable to be apart of.

We are excited to start booking comedians and focusing more on putting on a good show rather than just doing an open mic. That said, we will still be doing an open mic after the showcase. Comedians still need a place to go, after all.

The event will continue to take place at the wonderful Chicago Actors Studio.

Reserve your seats here. Follow us on Facebook… on Facebook. You don’t need a link. Just kidding, here it is. It’s the period in the sentence before this.

Episode 6: with Collin Bullock!

The next episode of Small-time Special is on September 19th, 2015 at 9PM. It will happen at Chicago Actors Studio (2040 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL).

As always, you’re allowed to park at the best buy parking lot on 2100 N Elston Ave. You won’t be ticketed or towed for parking here.

The show is free / byob! Up to open mic slots will be given away followed by the headliner.

Collin Bullock headlines! Check him out @awkwardpodcast.

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