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Description: Comedy of Chicago Showcase featuring Chicago's Top Local Comics.
Joe Fernandez, Ever Mainard, Derek Smith, Clark Jones, Liza Treyger, Danny Kallas and Brian Babylon
Hosted by Mike Lebovitz
Brian Babylon: Brian Babylon is a Chicago-born comic and radio host. The self-proclaimed Prince of Bronzeville is a fixture in Chicago's rich comedy community. He has been making a name for himself outside of Chicago as well, placing in the finals of the New York Comedy Contest in 2009. He has performed in LA at the historic Comedy Store and Laugh Factory, and in the UK at Jongleurs comedy club in London and more recently Brian was selected to be a part of Comedy Central's South Beach Comedy Festival. Currently, Brian hosts and produces The Morning AMP radio show on Vocalo 89.5 and 88.7 FM, a sister station of Chicago Public Radio. He is also one of the newest additions to the popular NPR weekly news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, contributes to BBC Radio and hosts The Moth Story Slam in Chicago.
Mike Lebovitz: Mike Lebovitz's comedy career began at the age of six with clowning classes at the local JCC. He's been delighting and confounding audiences big and small ever since with his offbeat yet accessible brand of humor. An accomplished actor, director and writer as well, Lebovitz draws from a broad range of disciplines in constructing his act, using outlandish
viewpoints and subversive turns of phase to highlight the inherent absurdity of being. He doesn't point out life's quirks; he revels in them. After earning a BA in Theater Performance from Oberlin College, Lebovitz trained at both the Annoyance and iO Theater, where he was member of the house teams Ned Beatty and Roadster between 2002 and 2007. He is a member
of Comedians You Should Know, Chicago's premiere stand-up comedy collective, whose debut CD recently topped out as the #1 selling comedy album on iTunes.