It was very sad to wake up today and know that the Upstairs Gallery is closed, but there are much sadder things in the world, such as spending $75 at Wendys.
Reposting this old thing, which was conceived from scratch and shot in one hour by everyone who came to Upstairs Gallery on March 16, 2013. All I told people leading up to the night was that it was was called “The Kamie Jennedy Experiment.” Zephian Michaels and Adam Cole were the only people I made sure would be there (with cameras), and the only people who knew that a video would be made with whoever showed up as our co-creators and cast. Once everyone arrived, we came up with the title of a short film as a group (G.U.A.), discussed what might happen in it, and then had everyone cast themselves. People grabbed whatever costumes and props they wanted from the Upstairs Gallery closet, and we just started filming as if we had a script that told us which scene needed to happen next. I don’t know how much you will enjoy watching this now, but we had a ton of fun making it, and I feel like that’s probably a statement that applies to just about everything I ever did at the Gallery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOFkG0I8RnE
I’ve been fortunate enough to put on a number of very dumb shows at Upstairs Gallery over the last few years, and I will always be grateful for those opportunities to try new things with the funniest people I know. Tonight at 10:30 is my final Gallery production, and I couldn’t be more pleased that it’s the WEIRD COPCEPT ALBUM - Exclusive Listening Party. I barely knew Michael Malarkey when I first approached him after a show at the Gallery and asked if he might want to help me make a beat that sampled “Headline News” by Weird Al, but I think because of the experimental spirit that the Gallery helped foster in each of us, he said yes, and then things snowballed very quickly. We were constantly surprised by the way this project continued to evolve beyond anything we had originally set out to do (much like the Gallery did for Alex, Caitlin, and Walt), and I for one am so shamelessly proud of where it stands now. The Gallery is where I learned to trust my instincts and follow through with ideas that seem stupid as long as they also seem funny to me, and that is the whole reason this project exists, so I wouldn’t want to premiere it anywhere else in the world. I hope to see you all there tonight, and I hope I don’t cry.
Join us for this exclusive opportunity to experience the WEIRD COPCEPT ALBUM before its TBD release. 5219 N Clark. Tuesday 8/26 at 10:30 PM. FREE (donations accepted). BYOB.
What effect does preparation time have on stand-up/solo sketch? That’s what Twistin Up at Upstairs Gallery aims to explore, as 10 comedic beasts perform short sets of brand new material they’ve written after all receiving the exact same suggestion at different times. As randomly decided by a spreadsheet, 2 people received the suggestion two weeks ago, 2 one week ago, 2 three days ago, 2 at 9 a.m. today, and 2 and 5 p.m. today. A panel of judges will be trying to determine who had what amount of time to prepare, and there are some dumb prizes up for grabs. I’m curious as hell to see how this goes, so let’s find out together.
On the solo sketch side of things, we have Anthony Oberbeck, John Reynolds, Mary Catherine Curran, Ryan Alastair Asher, and Steph Cook.
On the stand up side of things, we have Dan Friesen, Meaghan Strickland, Natalie Jose, Saurin Choksi, and Tommy McNamara.
On the judging side of things, we have Candy Lawrence, Emma Pope, Kevin Knickerbocker, and Marty DeRosa.
This show is FREE (donations accepted) and BYOB.
Big thanks to everybody involved in Listin Up last night, on stage or off. Even bigger thanks to everybody who once again made Jangleheart Circus such a wonderful experience. Let’s all rest up today so we can close the Upstairs Gallery out right. Twistin Up at Upstairs Gallery tomorrow at 8, WEIRD COPCEPT ALBUM - Exclusive Listening Party Tuesday at 10:30. Plenty more dope shows every other night of the week, one last time.
These are in fact two different music videos on the left and right. Apparently, silhouettes in front of green screens = the new autotune.
If you’re in Chicago and you have a sense of humor, come to this.
I will especially urge you to come see Listin Up on Saturday at 11 p.m., but I don’t think you can really go wrong no matter what you’re seeing.
Chicago, there are so many ways for you to enjoy yourself through the end of August, and I want you to take advantage of all of them. The #Jangleheart Circus runs this Thursday through Saturday, and there are too many great shows happening in it to mention individually, but I will say that the for real last installment of Listin Up is happening at 11 on Saturday. Next Monday, there’s Twistin Up at Upstairs Gallery at 8. Next Tuesday, there’s the WEIRD COPCEPT ALBUM - Exclusive Listening Party at 10:30. For all the time in between and after those, there’s internet and TV.