Midwestern MeFites: I want to laugh in public! Difficulty: feminist.
January 29, 2014 10:30 AM Subscribe
I'm a huge fan of standup comedy, comedy podcasts, and so on, but I'm starting to get tired of what feels like an endless stream of life-in-LA anecdotes. I don't live in LA, and I don't really care about LA. Surely there are funny people who want to say funny things in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis....right? Nationally famous comedians are great, but I'm looking more for regional folks that I can see often, locally, and preferably not for $50 a seat...
posted by like_a_friend to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a little familiar with the Chicago standup scene*, and I love, in theory, going to underground shows just to see what's going on. But honestly, I have had a hard time filtering out the horrible rapey douchenozzles. Oh and also said douchenozzles are not funny.
I'm no shrinking violet; I love Louis CK and Marc Maron and Sarah Silverman. Shocking and gross things can be super-hilarious. But most comedians, especially new young ones, aren't Louis CK, and when they try to be, it mostly comes across as pure unfiltered misogyny. (And sometimes straight up street harassment, only from a guy on a stage.)
I'm not telling comedy fans anything they don't already know--comedy is still fairly unfriendly for women, a lot of the time. But I also know that a LOT of people are working to make this better--I just want to find them and give them my time and moneys!
So please, if you know someone who's doing standup, podcasting, sketch comedy, comedy writing, etc., in the Midwest, who is actually funny and doesn't hate women, please tell me of them!
*I already know and love and follow Ever Mainard! More like Mainard, please!