Showing posts with label junior stopka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label junior stopka. Show all posts

Thursday, November 15

Sandy Benefit Show at saki TOMORROW!

saki has the privilege of hosting a variety show tomorrow night, November 16th at 7pm to benefit the family of Joe McAdam (producer of our monthly variety show, Creative Control), whose home in Brick, NJ was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. To the right is a photo of their house shortly after the storm.

saki will host a night of music and comedy, with special raffle prizes from Second City, The Owl, The Music Box Theatre, The Empty Bottle, Provenance Food & Wine and more. McAdam will host the show, which features comedy from Junior Stopka, Joe Kwaczala, Will Miles, and CJ Toledano, with music from Gabe Liebowitz (Dastardly). 

We’ll be taking donations at the door. If you haven’t yet contributed to those affected by the nightmare that was the last two weeks on the East coast, here’s a great chance to help out!

McAdam recently checked in with a short piece about his memories of Aunt and Uncle's home at The Steamroller, Chicago comedy scene-focused blog run by saki's event coordinator, Matt Byrne.

Here's a list of all the raffle prizes we've rounded up so far:

  • $50 gift certificate for the Owl
  • Old Town School of Folk Music one-year membership ($125 value)
  • 2 passes to Second City Main Stage
  • 2 passes to UP Comedy Club
  • $15 gift card from Uncharted Books
  • 2 pairs of tickets to see Titus Andronicus at Metro on 11/25! (Includes Metro tote bag & t-shirt)
  • 1 card good for 1 free cup of coffee a week for a year from the Book Cellar
  • 1 card good for 1 free glass of wine a month for a year from the Book Cellar (must be 21 to redeem)
  • 2 bottles of wine from Provenance Food & Wine (Vinas de Balbo, Malbec 2011 & Tilia, Torrontes 2011)
  • 2 passes to see Miami Connection (includes coupon for free popcorn and soda) at the Music Box Theatre
  • 2 passes to see Monty Python & the Holy Grail (includes coupon for free popcorn and soda) at the Music Box Theatre
  • Guest list with +1 for any not sold out December show (musical performances only) at Schubas/Lincoln Hall (We recommend The Babies, Netherfriends, James Iha, Prince Rama, Maps & Atlases, Future Islands, Os Mutantes or Charles Bradley)
  • Guest list +1 for Hannibel Buress' Night of Thanksgiving Chaos at Schubas
  • Guest list with +1 to see King Khan and BBQ Show at the Empty Bottle on 11/26
  • Guest list with +1 for early Ty Segall show at the Empty Bottle on 2/9 (7pm)
  • $30 gift certificate for Cleos
  • 3 DVD prize pack from Everything Is Terrible
  • FREE garden consultation from Summer Sweet Garden Design

... and possibly more to come! 

Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit Show at saki

Friday, November 16. 7pm. Free. Donations encouraged at the door.

Hosted by Joe McAdam. Performers include: Junior Stopka, Joe Kwaczala, Will Miles,

CJ Toledano, Gabe Liebowitz (Dastardly)

Wednesday, September 19

Senorita Weiner's Top Secret Humor Experiment and Ice Cream Social Club!

Just over a year ago, Adam and I stumbled out of AV Fest shortly after Archers of Loaf's headlining set, and headed south on Ashland towards Cobra Lounge for the debut of a new standup showcase produced by two local comedy giants, Junior Stopka and Mike Lebovitz. Being a sucker for gimmicks, I was immediately won over by the concept behind Señorita Weiner: when the comedy show ends, the entire audience gets free ice cream sundaes.

Since that first date at Cobra Lounge, Señorita Weiner's Top Secret Humor Experiment and Ice Cream Social Club has traveled to a few more of saki's favorite places in Chicago, like the Empty Bottle and Bucket O'Blood. We were lucky enough to be approached by Junior a few months ago about hosting the Señorita here at saki. Being fans of both comedy AND ice cream, we were happy to oblige!

For those who might not be familiar with the two producers, Junior recently finished a tour of the Southeast with Doug Stanhope (and also did probably my favorite set of the 5 Creative Control shows at saki), and Mike's a producer at one of the city's best-run local comedy showcases, Comedians You Should Know. In a preview of a past SW event, Junior and Mike were christened by the Chicago Reader as "two of the scene's most unabashedly bizzarre performers."

The show is this Friday, September 21st at 8pm. In addition to sets from Stopka and Lebovitz, local humorists Liza Treyger (whose Creative Control appearance a few months back absolutely wrecked me) and Charlie Bury, who you may know from being very funny at The Lincoln Lodge and as a part of the staff on The Late Live Show.

You might have noticed that the last word in the show's long-form title is "Club." You might be asking yourself "What is this club and how do I join it?" or "What are the stipulations of joining said club?" or "Are there any barriers to entry?" Here are the answers: it's mostly just a mailing list but there are other hidden perks, too!; go to and enter your name and email address; there are none, I guess; no, there aren't.

Once again:
featuring standup comedy from
Mike Lebovitz
Liza Treyger
Charlie Bury
plus free a ice cream sundae party afterwards!
Friday 9/21/12
Free (but bring $5 to donate to the performers, they deserve it)
All Ages

Thursday, June 7