Parlour Car ~ August 27th, 2015


Whoa friends okay so one of our latest posts here.  We had some last minute adjustments and tinkering to do, all in the name of making tonight’s show extra dandy pants.  It’s the the ol’ favorite format of a handful of best pal from Chicago and a couple sweet pals from New York and beyond.  Look, you get it, we get it.  Peep the lineup for tonight’s hotcake competition:

Janelle James (Bridgetown Comedy Fest; Limestone; in from NYC)
David Drake (SF Sketchfest; Blind Bet; Zanies)
Matty Ryan (JFL Chi; Parlour Car; Blackout Diaries)
Derek Smith (Lincoln Lodge; Laugh Factory)
Jeff Scheen (Laugh Factory; This Week’s Show)
Tyler Jackson (Hell Yes Fest; Late Late Breakfast)
Adam Murray (The Improv; in from Orlando)
Special Guest? (Yes)

Word.  If you’ve been here before, you know this is always a sweet hot time.  If you haven’t, come learn about it in a real cool way.  Rent a couple tandem bicycles and invite your best friends to ride them to the show with you.  People might talk about you, but it’ll come from a place of jealousy.  Free.  9pm.  Bar DeVille.  BFTBRCFTBOH. (Best Friends Tandem Bicycle Riding Club for the Betterment of Humanity)

Parlour Car ~ August 20th, 2015


Yo sweet pals.  Yeah hey.  Okay so this week’s show is a real special one in a bittersweet kind of way.  It’s Mike Lebovitz’s last Parlour Car as a Chicago resident.  He is, unequivocally, everyone’s favorite dude.  He’s also gross.  The embodiment of majesty with mustard on its face.  He’s like if Michelangelo used his own diarrhea to  paint the Sistine Chapel, yet achieved the same result.  Breathtaking and awe-inspiring, but still very much comprised of diarrhea.  Such is the mystique of Lebo.  Look, he’s our best friend and he’s the best and he’s leaving  for New York and we’re super sad about it, but this whole show is gonna be a serious dandy-pants party.  Come hang and have beers and grab Lebo’s ween.  Peep this lineup of hot friends:

Mike Lebovitz (JFL Montreal; Sweet Prince; NYC Daddy)
Chris Redd (ABC; FOX; JFL Montreal; Second City)
Matty Ryan (JFL Chi; Parlour Car; Blackout Diaries)
Adam Burke (Oddball Fest; JFL Chi; Chicago Underground)
Natalie Jose (Last Comic Standing; Chicago Underground)
Marty DeRosa (JFL Chi; CYSK; Wrestling w/ Depression Pod)
Rebecca O’Neal (Vanity Fair; Bridgetown; Congrats on Your Success)
TJ Chambers (NBC; MTV; FOX; visiting from Los Angeles)

Right then.  Clearly this will be a major serious hoot.  Bring yourself a best friend or nine and then they can meet our best friends, and everyone else’s best friends who happen to also bring best friends.
Free. 9pm. Bar DeVille. BFBVPFABFWWAS (Best Friends’ Bon Voyage Party for a Best Friend With Whiskey and Smooching)

Parlour Car ~ August 13th, 2015


Whoa-kay friends, yo.  Sometimes it’s like, “is this post late?”  And then it’s like, “yeah, it’s def late.”  But then we’re like, “hasn’t it been later before?”  And then you’re like, “yeah, it’s for sure been way later a shitload of times you dork peens.”  Then we’re like, “you’re right, we’re major sorry.”  And therein lies the rub: whatever way you slice this cake-pie, it’s a tasty lineup, so let us all peep it in a big way:

Mike Lebovitz (JFL Montreal; CYSK; Montreux Comedy Fest)
Saurin Choksi (Fuse TV; Boston Comedy Fest; in from NYC)
Matty Ryan (JFL Chi; Blackout Diaries; Parlour Car)
Puterbaugh Sisters (JFL Chi; SF Sketchfest; Entertaining Julia)
Danny Kallas (JFL Chi; CYSK; Laughing Skull ATL)
Kate Willet (JFL Montreal; SF Sketchfest; in from San Francisco)
Nick Rouley (FREAK Happening; iO’s Set to Scene)
Derick Lengwenus (JFL Montreal x5)
Special Guest? (Chah Brahs)

Okay also, like, we get it.  It’s summer in Chicago.  There’s cool fun outdoor things to do.  But this’ll prolly be more fun than sorta listening to Big Head Todd and the Monsters at your aunt’s block party, especially if that block party ran outta snow cones and firemen.  Safely smoke-signal your best daddyfriends and galpals to let them know about these hot best-friend times.

Free.  9pm.  Bar DeVille.  BFFSAWDOTIHT (Best Friends’ Fire Signal and Whiskey Department of the Interior Hot Times)

Parlour Car ~ August 6th, 2015

First off, mega thanks to our pal, Aparna Nancherla, for closing out last week’s show, and to Chicago Now for including us in their August comedy roundup. The weather stopped trying to kill us this week, so that’s pretty cool, right? You know what else is cool? Segues…and this week’s lineup. We’ve got some all-time best friends joining us again after moving away/breaking our hearts, some local favorites, and maybe a super sneaky special guest. Check it out:

Ian Abramson (Oddball Comedy Festival; Just for Laughs Montreal; in from LA)
Erica Clark (Just for Laughs Chicago; Jokes & Notes)
Goodrich Gevaart (Arguments & Grievances; Freak Happening)
Stephanie Hasz (The Comedy Exposition; Parlour Car; Comedy Secrets)
Lainie Lenertz (Hoo Ha Comedy)
Special guest? MAYBE.

Round up your best friends, retrieve that ball from your cranky neighbor’s yard, forge a long-lasting bond with him, and bring him to Parlour Car.
Free. 9pm. Bar DeVille. NABFBSMS (National Association of Best Friendship, Baseball, and Spooky Mystery Solving)


Parlour Car ~ July 30th, 2015


Hey friends.  Before we delve into this week, we must give a very special thanks to Jeff Garlin for closing out the show last week.  Super great.  Now, onto this week.  There’s not a lot of time to waste chatting about how cool and fun it’s going to be, but trust that it shall be.  Half the lineup is outta-town guests, but the whole lineup is sweet pals.  Peep this week’s lineup:

Aparna Nancherla (Conan; Comedy Central; WTF Pod; VH1; in from NYC)
Mateo Lane (Comedy Central; MTV; JFL Montreal; in from NYC)
Matty Ryan (JFL Chi; Parlour Car; Blackout Diaries)
Tom Brady (JFL Montreal; Girls’ Night Pod; moving to NYC on Monday)
David Heti (JFL Montreal; in from Montreal)
Natalie Shure (The Atlantic; The Onion; in from NYC)
Zach Peterson (Arguments & Grievances; Comedy Expo)
Bill Bullock (Congrats on Your Success; Cole’s Cabaret)

Cool cool fun.  It’s pretty obvi how rad this show is going to be.  Tell your best friend you want to make a vodka-lemonade stand with them.  When they tell you it’s illegal, pretend that you’re crestfallen, then say the only thing that will make it better is if they go to Parlour Car with you.  Such a sweet plan.
Free. 9pm. Bar DeVille. BFOFFVLSDAWSE (Best Friends’ Organization for Fraudulent Vodka Lemonade Stand Decoys and Widespread Summer Enjoyment)

Parlour Car ~ July 23rd, 2015


Yo friends.  Holy moly what a late post here.  Big time apologies.  Sometimes it’s like “yeah we’re gonna be late for work on account that we absolutely must drink two boxes of wine at the Millennium Park symphony, because summer.”  If you’re not already using “because summer” as your excuse for everything, you should change the way you’re living.  While we’re all making sweet life changes together, go ahead and peep this week’s lineup:

Matty Ryan (JFL Chi; Blackout Diaries; Parlour Car)
Adam Burke (JFL Chi; Oddball Fest; Chicago Underground Comedy)
Lauren Vino (MTV; Tribeca Comedy Club; in from NYC)
Joel Walkowski (WILDCATS; in from NYC)
Reena Calm (Hoo Ha Comedy; Laugh Factory)
Mikey Manker (Stand Up Stand Up; Beg Borrow Steal Album)
Special Guest (Yes)
Special Guest (Yes)

Yep, way solid times here.  Grab yourself a nice ice cream cone after work because you earned it.  Then carry some ice cream over to your best friends’ homes.  It’ll be melted by the time you get there, but just say that since the ice cream didn’t work out, now they have to go to Parlour Car with you.  Flawless.

Free.  9pm.  Bar DeVille.  BFMICSFTBOTE (Best Friends’ Melted Ice Cream Society for the Betterment of Thursday Evenings)

Parlour Car ~ July 16th, 2015


Hey hello now friends.  Shouts to everyone who packed that marathon show last week, and to all the comedian pals from around the country who performed.  Such a hoot.  But it’s like yeah, we get it, enough about last week.  Last week is in the past and no one can relive it no matter how hard they try.  What we CAN do, collectively, is dive head first into this week’s show in a real big way.  It’s another major hot fun cool show with out-of-town pals and in-town pals and best friends all over the goddamn place.  Peep this nastypants lineup:

CJ Sullivan (Comedy Central; Chicago Underground Comedy)
Felonious Munk (Nightly Show w/ Larry Wilmore; Blipsters on Broadway)
Tommy McNamara (Lincoln Lodge; AV Club’s 26th Annual Comedy Fest)
Sonia Denis (Congrats on Your Success; Bridgetown Comedy Fest)
John-Michael Bond (The Improv; Comedy Expo; in from Atlanta)
Katie Hannigan (College Humor; MTVother; in from NYC)
Lem Slaughter (JFL Chi; Jokes and Notes)

Alright so yes to the cool times.  Instead of inviting your best friends over to watch the nine different Alaska shows on TV, invite them to Parlour Car instead.   Also make sure to call Pete, you haven’t seen him in forever.
Free.   9pm.   Bar DeVille.    BFUFSMACP  (Best Friends United for Sweet Meats and Cool Petes)