08/27/2005: An Evening Out at Zanies...
Last night we went on a “double date” with another couple to go to Zanies Comedy Club and see a comedian, Ian Bagg. He’s a Canadian transplant to L.A. and does a most different *routine* than the usual stand-up monologue.
What Ian does is create his “off the cuff” comedy by “working the room.” It’s a total audience participation and involvement show (and WARNING for folks who sit in the front rows – he’s gonna be after you – ALL NIGHT. LOL)
But he’s very clever and witty in using audience answers to questions as a running commentary for his humor. He also bestows “nicknames” to his victims based on these conversations, and keeps interconnecting them back into his routine. It was a very different and unusual format that I’ve ever seen at most of these comedy clubs, excepting maybe the Second City after-show improvisation group (but that’s an entire group of comedians and they take suggestions for skits – Ian is a one man show where the whole effort at “Funnie” is on him.)
If you click on the Zanies “link” above you’ll see they have 3 clubs in the Chicago area [Chicago, St. Charles and Vernon Hills] and even one in Nashvegas. But, of course, my luck was that this comedian was in the Vernon Hills location – Hell and Gone from where I live in DHC (which as the Tri-Cities includes St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia). But NOOOoooo – It’s not the St. Charles locale, But Vernon Hills. Oh, Boy, but a comedian would have to be Purty Funnie to be worth a tank’o’gas for driving hither-an-yon these days and at these prices!!! But Ian Bagg was worth it and we all had a very good evening of laughs.
Karen on 08.27.05 @ 07:42 AM CST