Sunday, January 30, 2011

The End of One Era, The Creation of Another...

After almost six years, Pressure Billiards and Cafe and Popcorn Assassin Productions, producer of The Under Pressure Comedy Show have decided to go in separate directions.March 4th, 2011 will be the last Under Pressure Comedy Show that Popcorn Assassin Productions and I will be produce for Pressure. It was an absolutely amazing six year run, but all good things must eventually come to an end.

Although this announcement is rather sudden, the decision to split over creative differences was done on good terms and with the best intentions of everyone involved.  Pressure Billiards and Cafe has decided to take creative control of the room and Popcorn Assassin Productions has decided that it would be best to take on new challenges.  I look forward to supporting Pressure with their new endeavors and owe Pressure a ton of gratitude for hosting our show as long as they did.

The Under Pressure Comedy Show and it's booking process as well as The Under Pressure Open Forum will remain the same until March 4th.   After March 4th, Pressure Billiards and Cafe will retain control of their Friday night entertainment including any future comedy show should it remain.  For future information about Friday night entertainment at Pressure Billiards and Cafe or for bookings for future events, please contact the staff at Pressure Billiards and Cafe.

The Under Pressure Comedy Show will continue in the near future on Friday nights under a new name and venue.  As always, Popcorn Assassin Productions is dedicated to providing new comedians with an excellent environment for creative growth.   We are also dedicated to providing audiences with comedians ranging from new to professional with styles ranging from stand-up, vaudeville, improv, musical, and more.  In addition to looking for a new venue, we are currently in cooperation with a new training center for the development of talent and with an arts management company to help train, develop, book and produce future shows.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Twenty-Eleven Comedy Season

Hello Folks,

After a brief vacation for the holidays, The Under Pressure Comedy Show shall be returning on Friday, January 7th at 8:00pm and The Deluxe Comedy Open Mic will be returning on Saturday, January 8th at 8:00pm.  The Under Pressure Comedy Show will kick off with The Student Discount Comedy Show, our showcase featuring some of Chicago's best younger comedians. Student Discount will be followed by the comedic antics of featured comedians Angela Vela, Todd Glover, Ryan Walker and Aaron Kozbial. Following the show, there will be an open forum for comedians to test new material. The following night, on Saturday, January 8th, we're kicking off the first full season of Chicago's newest and only Saturday night comedy only open mic.  The Deluxe Comedy Open Mic is open to any comedian with any level of experience.  Deluxe Comedy features plentiful stage time and audiences, dollar drafts, two dollar wells and meal deals for under four dollars.  Deluxe has been more popular with audiences than comedians because of the food and drink specials.  These specials apply to absolutely everyone so feel free to stop by, tell some jokes, enjoy some food and invite your friends. Also, coming soon in 2011...   Dobie Maxwell will do another installment of the Dobie Maxwell No BS Q and A Session!  Dobie goes into great detail about how to make it and break it in the comedy business.  From hosting at Zanies to working with Craig Ferguson, Dobie will answer your questions about absolutely anything.  Twenty-Eleven is shaping up to be a great year, and it's only just beginning! Thanks and see you soon...