! is an experimental variety show that combines the standup comedy
, the vibe of a Jazz music club, with variety acts ranging from dance
, fringe theatre, and performance art. The host of the evening is Bill Bullock, alongside a house band led by Ben Lamar Gay and dance performances from Links Hall
. It’s Happening
! is a new monthly performance series presented by Constellation and Links Hall that explores the intersections between experimental performance
Produced by: Bill Bullock, Ben Lamar Gay, Alea Hennessy and Brett Swinney.
Host: Bill Bullock
Comedians: Adam Burke & Marty Derosa
Music: Ben Lamar Gay’s El is a Sound of Joy
Dance: Josh Anderson performing with Tia Greer and Eli Weatherby
Originally from the UK, Adam Burke began performing stand-up after writing a piece on comedy for a Chicago magazine. Before long, Burke became a fixture at Midwestern shows and showcases. His absurdist, verbose comedy is long on metaphor and analogy and short on common sense. He has appeared on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, the podcasts Doug Loves Movies & The Benson Interruption, the Bob and Tom show, WGN 720 AM radio, Put Your Hands Together, and many more podcasts and shows. Adam has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland OR, as part of the Just for Laughs Chicago festival for four years running, and at the local stage of Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival. In addition, he has opened for a wide variety of comedians including Marc Maron, Jeff Ross, Hannibal Burress, John Mulaney, Hari Kondabolu, Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Aziz Ansari, and many more. Burke released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012. He was voted Best Standup in Chicago by readers of the Chicago Reader in 2014.
With his quick wit and versatile voice, Marty DeRosa has blended his talent for stand up comedy and his love of pro wrestling to become a favorite of critics, fans, and Twitter followers alike. As a founding member of “Comedians You Should Know”, the premier independently run stand up showcase in Chicago, DeRosa has had a #1 comedy album on itunes and has been recognized as an emerging talent by Time Out Chicago. He performs stand up all over the country which lead him to a partnership with pro wrestler Colt Cabana.“Wrestling With Depression”, DeRosa’s critically acclaimed podcast, is an honest and humorous series of interviews with fellow comedians, wrestlers, and performers, reconciling the creative process with the daily struggle of depression. It has been profiled by Time Out Chicago, Comedy of Chicago and The Onion’s AV Club.
Josh Anderson began his dance training at 17 with Paul Winkelman studying ballroom dance and becoming a National Champion Latin Dancer (Team dance) in 1999. He finished the BFA Program with the University of Utah’s Modern Dance Department in 2008. During this time Josh worked with Eric Handman, Zeng Wan Shen, and Brent Schneider. Between 2008 and 2012 Josh performed with Surfscape Contemporary Dance (Florida), Stephen Koester (Utah), Gogo Vertigoat (New York), and Number9 (California). In 2012 Josh found a home in Chicago where he performed with The Seldoms, The Inconvenience, Same Planet Different World, Jessie Youngblood, Khecari, and Kate Corby and Dancers. Josh has presented his work as part of Dances for $9.99 (Chicago), The Fly Honey Show (Chicago), The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (Philadelphia), produced an evening length work Fit to Be Tied (Chicago), and premiered two screendances in collaboration with Alex Thompson and Logan Hall.
El Is a Sound of Joy
El Is a Sound of Joy is the continuing Astromuscological project of Ritwik Banerji, William Faber, Rob Frye, Alex Inglizian, Brooks Johnson and Stephen Ptacek. They are concerned with engaging forms of life and forms of sound. In this, they often encounter friction between fields as well as their sympathetic vibrations.